Date of Award

Fall 2010

Project Type


Program or Major

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Penny Webster


This study contains language milestone acquisition information for 14 children adopted from China between 8 and 12 months of age. A retrospective questionnaire was utilized to gain information regarding the specific ages at which these adoptees demonstrated an understanding of English along with the ages where they demonstrated proficient usage of English. Parent responses indicated that these adoptees developed English language milestones comparable to their monolingual peers, for both age of acquisition and order of acquisition. This research adds to the literature on what may be expected regarding language development in children adopted from China prior to one year of age. Results are discussed in terms of their theoretical and clinical implications.