“The languages that you know draw the boundary of your world”: A thematic analysis of the experiences of autistic bilingual adults living in the United Kingdom
This study builds upon the few reports available to highlight the experiences that are shared by autistic bilingual people regardless of the number of languages they know. It is the first study to report the perspectives of U.K.-based autistic bilingual adults who, in most cases, grew up in a bilingual environment.
Autistic People’s Access to Bilingualism and Additional Language Learning: Identifying the Barriers and Facilitators for Equal Opportunities
Bilingualism is a valuable tool that enriches and facilitates cultural, social and lived experiences for autistic and non-autistic people alike. Research consistently finds no negative effects of bilingualism and highlights the potential for positive effects across cognitive and socio-cultural domains for autistic and non-autistic children.
Bileog eolais ó Ionad Uathachas, Ollscoil Washington | Information leaflet from the University of Washington Autism Center https://depts.washington.edu/uwautism/ Research from the UW Autism Center shows that bilingualism may actually provide benefits for children with ASD! It is important to remember that language development itself may occur at a similar pace between monolingual and bilingual children with ASD.
This guide has been developed as a way to help reassure parents that support is available so that all children can be successful in French as a Second Language (FSL) environments.