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Bilingualism in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Finding Meaning in Translation

Over the past 2 years, we have conducted a large number of clinical research evaluations in bilingual and immigrant families raising children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Through this work, it has become clear to us that caregivers are often left, many times at a high emotional cost, with the difficult task of deciding if they should restrict language exposure to only one language. In this Clinical Perspectives article, we present narratives from bilingual families raising children with ASD who participated in research at the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai between 2016 and 2018. We aim to use these stories of bilingualism in ASD to present important concepts and invite readers to reflect on the experience of these families.