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Visual aids for kids with autism (1st video)

Hi everyone! Tips to make VISUAL AIDS (helpful for kids with autism) 1st video Topic shown in this video- TODAY'S DATE explained in Hindi language , if you ...
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Comics Can Make You A Better Communicator | The Content Wrangler

Comics Can Make You A Better Communicator | The Content Wrangler | Visual Aids | Scoop.it

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jemp's curator insight, March 11, 2013 10:59 AM

Nice explanation of the history and use of comics with links and examples If you plan to add comics in your lesson plans, this is a great resource for explaining why to other teachers, parents and administrators.

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Cognition and behavior: Bilingualism aids people with autism —

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Cognition and behavior: Bilingualism aids people with autism
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2 October 2012

A gesture life: Bilingual children are better at nonverbal communication than are those who speak only one language.

Being fluent in both English and Spanish may boost the use of communicative gestures in children with autism, according to a study published 1 August in the Journal of Child Neurology1.

It’s well established that bilingualism has many cognitive benefits. Even among children with autism, two studies published last year showed that those who are bilingual score similarly on language and vocabulary tests to those who speak only one language.

Still, because language difficulties often accompany autism, some clinicians hold that bilingualism is not advisable for children with the disorder.

In the new study, researchers looked at the medical records of children under 3 years of age with autism who attended the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center, which is affiliated with the Albert Einstein Medical Center in New York. The children were diagnosed based on criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule and the Childhood Autism Rating Scale.

The 40 children who know both Spanish and English spoke and understood language as well as did the 40 children who only speak English, the study found.

Studies have shown that toddlers with autism are less likely than controls to use gestures when communicating. Researchers consider gestures such as pointing to be a component of joint attention, which is the ability to engage or follow others’ attention. Teaching joint attention skills to children with autism has been shown to improve their language ability later in life.

In the new study, about half of the bilingual children with autism communicated using gestures, compared with one-quarter of the monolingual children. The bilingual children were also more likely than the monolingual children to lead their caregiver to an object and to make vocalizations, such as cooing, the researchers found.


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This is very interesting.  I wonder if it has something to do with working more of the brain harder - kind of like bilateral functions to stimulate both sides of the brian.

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Alexandra Strickland's curator insight, September 12, 2013 7:12 AM

Very interesting especially for our bilingual families!

Ollin Ollin's comment, March 5, 2014 11:09 PM
This article deflates the idea that multilingualism contributes to language deficiencies however the problem persists that it is very hard to convince families with a child with a severe delay speaking one language that learning another is not an added challenge/stress.