The world needs all kinds of minds

Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks at this TED conference about how her mind works — sharing her ability to “think in pictures”, which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, […]

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 […]

Bilingualism and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Issues, Research, and Implications

Clinicians and educators often recommend that bilingual parents expose their children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to only one language, despite the fact that there is limited research on bilingualism and children with ASD. Typically, the recommended language is English, as it is the dominant language of education and treatment services. The push to use […]

Social communication skills in the classroom

Victoria Honeybourne, a Senior Advisory Teacher for Speech, Language and Communication Needs, explores the social communication difficulties of autistic students in the mainstream classroom and offers some strategies to support them. She points out that the strategies presented are particularly useful for autistic students but will also help many other children with various speech, language […]