For children with autism multiple languages may be a boon - archive

Betty Yu, an associate professor in the Department of Special Education and Communicative Disorders, recently chronicled the daily life experiences of Oscar, an autistic child living in a bilingual home, for a report in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

It’s not just children with autism who miss out when parents speak only English at home — their families, too, may experience frustrating miscommunications. Important instructions, offhand remarks and words of affection are often lost in translation when families swap their heritage language for English, says Betty Yu, associate professor of special education and communicative disorders at San Francisco State University.

Yu, who is fluent in both English and Chinese, detailed Oscar’s experience in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders earlier this year. The report hits home for researchers who study bilingual families of children with autism...

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