Can you raise an autistic child to be bilingual – and should you try?

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Diagnosed with autism and delayed language development, five-year-old Jose lives with his bilingual English-Spanish family in the UK.

In addition to all the important decisions that a family with an autistic child has to take, Jose’s parents must also consider what languages to teach him and how.

They would like Jose to learn English so he can make friends and do well at school.

Byl 1aBut they also value Spanish – the native language of Jose’s mother.

The family’s tricky situation was described in a study from 2013, and illustrates a problem that affects many families around the…

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