¡Bienvenidos! This month’s topic of discussion is Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Bilingual Individual. Given the increasing number of bilingual children in the United States, and the increasing frequency of autism diagnoses, there is surprisingly little information available for clinicians who work with children who are "on the spectrum" from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.A few of the questions communication professionals may face include:
- How do I help these kids navigate the social constructs of two or more cultures?
- How do I effectively evaluate pragmatic differences vs. disorders?
- What is the home culture’s understanding/beliefs regarding autism and how will it affect assessment and intervention.
- And of course, the same question asked of so many bilingual individuals, In which language do I provide treatment?