Evidence-Based Clinical Decision Making for Bilingual Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Clinicians Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are treating an increasing number of bilingual clients, including those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). There is not a clear consensus among professionals regarding which language should be used in intervention when treating bilingual children with ASD. For this reason, it is imperative that SLPs ensure ... Article
Article  |   March 13, 2018
Evidence-Based Clinical Decision Making for Bilingual Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Clinicians
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Vanesa Smith
    University of Texas at El Paso
  • Connie Summers
    University of Texas at El Paso
  • Vannesa Mueller
    University of Texas at El Paso
  • Alejandra Carillo
    Ysleta Independent School District, El Paso, TX
  • Gabriela Villaneda
    Ysleta Independent School District, El Paso, TX
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  • Financial: Vanesa Smith has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Connie Summers has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Vannesa Mueller has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Alejandra Carillo has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Gabriela Villaneda has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Vanesa Smith has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Connie Summers has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Vannesa Mueller has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Alejandra Carillo has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Gabriela Villaneda has no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Vanesa Smith has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Connie Summers has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Vannesa Mueller has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Alejandra Carillo has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Gabriela Villaneda has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Vanesa Smith has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Connie Summers has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Vannesa Mueller has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Alejandra Carillo has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Gabriela Villaneda has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Special Populations / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Autism Spectrum / Part 1
Article   |   March 13, 2018
Evidence-Based Clinical Decision Making for Bilingual Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Clinicians
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2018, Vol. 3, 19-27. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG14.19
History: Received December 5, 2017 , Revised February 1, 2018 , Accepted February 12, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2018, Vol. 3, 19-27. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG14.19
History: Received December 5, 2017; Revised February 1, 2018; Accepted February 12, 2018

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are treating an increasing number of bilingual clients, including those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). There is not a clear consensus among professionals regarding which language should be used in intervention when treating bilingual children with ASD. For this reason, it is imperative that SLPs ensure that they are making evidence-based decisions. This article will review the current research that examines bilingualism in children with ASD along with research focused on the language of intervention in bilingual children with ASD. We present a clinical scenario with common concerns presented to SLPs in their work settings and outline how current evidence can be used to address these concerns. We also provide evidence-based recommendations for parents and professionals.

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