Bilingualism and Autism: Addressing Parents' Frequently Asked Questions Raising children in bilingual or multilingual households is increasingly common in the United States. The number of children diagnosed with autism is large and on the rise too. Bilingual child-rearing raises several parental concerns and questions that may be directed toward speech-language pathologists—especially when children have atypical developmental trajectories like ... Article
Article  |   April 27, 2018
Bilingualism and Autism: Addressing Parents' Frequently Asked Questions
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Henry Angulo-Jiménez
    Department of Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
    Escuela de Lenguas Modernas, Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica
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Special Populations / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Autism Spectrum / Part 2
Article   |   April 27, 2018
Bilingualism and Autism: Addressing Parents' Frequently Asked Questions
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, April 2018, Vol. 3, 98-105. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG1.98
History: Received September 29, 2017 , Revised January 31, 2018 , Accepted February 27, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, April 2018, Vol. 3, 98-105. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG1.98
History: Received September 29, 2017; Revised January 31, 2018; Accepted February 27, 2018

Raising children in bilingual or multilingual households is increasingly common in the United States. The number of children diagnosed with autism is large and on the rise too. Bilingual child-rearing raises several parental concerns and questions that may be directed toward speech-language pathologists—especially when children have atypical developmental trajectories like in the case of autism. The present clinical/parental resource piece focuses on translating the published literature on bilingualism and autism into direct answers to common parental questions. It is thus framed in a question and answer format that can be shared directly with parents and other service providers. To enhance readability of the text, related references are listed by question in a summary table at the end of the document.

Acknowledgments
The author wishes to thank Dr. Laura DeThorne for her valuable feedback on this article and Dr. Veronica Vidal for her feedback on the Spanish translation.
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