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For Children with Autism, Multiple Languages May be a Boon

Research and Autism News News By State Autism Treatment News

July 25, 2016- "For Children with Autism, Multiple Languages May be a Boon"- Traditionally, pediatricians, educators, and speech therapists have advised multilingual families to speak one language, the predominant one where they live, to children with autism or other developmental delays. The reasoning behind this is that children on the spectrum often struggle to learn language, so focusing on a single one is for the better. However, there is a no data to support this notion. This article discusses a handful of studies demonstrating that children with autism can learn two languages as well as they learn one, and might even thrive in multilingual environments.