In 2003, Dr. Namazi moved to Montreal to complete her doctoral degree at McGill University. While completing her PhD, she established a vibrant multilingual pediatric practice specializing in the assessment and treatment of children who were exposed to two or more languages. She also developed and conducted workshops on assessment and treatment issues in multilingual children for early childhood educators. Dr. Namazi provided consultative services to preschools throughout the Montreal area to assist early childhood educators in working with and teaching multilingual children with language disorders.
Dr. Namazi’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and she has presented her work at national and international conferences. She has been a strong advocate for children with language disorders whose first language is not the one of the majority community. Dr. Namazi is incredibly passionate about spreading the word, through her research, that bilingualism does not cause or exacerbate language delays and disorders and that parents should not be counseled to not speak their home language.
“Language is essential for all learning. It is generally found that the better the child’s language skills are in her own language, the more capable she will be of learning and using a foreign language (Dunn 1998, p. 37)”
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