For children with autism, multiple languages may be a boon

An interesting article from Spectrum on bilingualism and ASD.

“Pediatricians, educators and speech therapists have long advised multilingual families to speak one language — the predominant one where they live — to children with autism or other developmental delays. The reasoning is simple: These children often struggle to learn language, so they’re better off focusing on a single one.

However, there are no data to support this notion. In fact, a handful of studies show that children with autism can learn two languages as well as they learn one, and might even thrive in multilingual environments…”

Thank you to former graduate student Claudette Bañares, M.S., CF-SLP for sharing this piece.

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