Bilingualism May Help Children With ASD to Switch Tasks For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), bilingual skills may aid in task-shifting. A study from McGill University, published in Child Development, suggests that when compared to their monolingual peers, bilingual children with ASD perform better when presented with a new directive. Researchers compared 40 children (ages 6 to 9, ... Research in Brief
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Research in Brief   |   April 01, 2018
Bilingualism May Help Children With ASD to Switch Tasks
The ASHA Leader, April 2018, Vol. 23, 16. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB2.23042018.16
The ASHA Leader, April 2018, Vol. 23, 16. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB2.23042018.16
For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), bilingual skills may aid in task-shifting. A study from McGill University, published in Child Development, suggests that when compared to their monolingual peers, bilingual children with ASD perform better when presented with a new directive.
Researchers compared 40 children (ages 6 to 9, half with ASD) in a task-shifting exercise. The children used a computer program in-lab to sort objects on screen by color. Then the researcher instructed them to sort the same objects by shape.

The researchers plan to track the development of the participants with ASD over the next three to five years.

Bilingual children with ASD performed better than monolingual children with ASD at switching gears to follow new directions. The researchers plan to track the development of the participants with ASD over the next three to five years.
“It is critical to have more sound evidence for families to use when making important educational and child-rearing decisions, since they are often advised that exposing a child with ASD to more than one language will just worsen their language difficulties,” says Ana Maria Gonzalez-Barrero, the paper’s first author.
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