University of Silesia, Poland; https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2222-3726
Bibliographic citation: (ISSN 2657-9774) Educational Role of Language Journal. Volume 2020-2(4). (Re-)Shaping One’s Identity with Language, pp. 58-67
Identity construction reflects the view of a person as a unique individual and a member of society at the same time. It is strongly related to one’s speaking language and limitations of communication abilities may impact the specific identity development. The article reviews the literature concerning issues of child identity development as one of the aspects affected by language impairment. The aim of this review is to answer three questions: 1. To what extent do language disorders affect identity in children? 2. Who should be involved in the supporting process for the development of child identity? 3. What are the implications for professional practice and further research? The conclusions may contribute to awareness-raise about the link between identity development and language disorders as well as increasing the efficacy of interventions dedicated to children with language disorders.
Keywords: child identity, identity development, language disorders, language impairment
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