Treoir maidir leis an uathachas agus an dátheangachas. Roinntear taighde, sainmhínithe agus straitéisí praiticiúla ann chun tacú le páistí agus daoine óga uathacha rochtain a bheith acu ar an gcuraclam. Cé go bhfuil an treoir bunaithe ar an mBéarla mar Theanga Bhreise (EAL), tá ábhar machnaimh ann do scoileanna lán-Ghaeilge agus Gaeltachta freisin.
An Evidence Based Guide to Autism and Bilingualism, co-created by West Sussex County Council and the University of Chichester, is a resource to support autistic children who are bilingual or are learning English as an additional language. The guide collates key research and offers practical strategies to support autistic pupils to develop English alongside their home language(s).
The guide also dispels the misconception that, because autistic children and young people have difficulties processing language, they should stick to only one language, English. Instead, the extensive research carried out by Dr Diana Seach outlines the many benefits of bilingual learning. Dr Seach said: “We have co-produced this guide to highlight the intersection between autism and bilingualism and provide teachers and clinicians with strategies which recognise the ways in which the languages spoken at home and at school are fundamental to their learning and social development.”
The research collated in the guide found there are no additional delays in the language development of bilingual autistic children and instead, that these children often have larger vocabularies than those surrounded by only one language.
The guide is available at the following link: https://schools.local-offer.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/An-Evidence-Based-Guide-to-Autism-and-Bilingualism.pdf
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