Kids with autism who know two languages show higher cognitive functioning, says study

A new study has found that knowing two languages may help increase cognitive flexibility in kids with autism. The study shows that bilingual children with ASD performed much better when it came to complex tasks as compared to kids with autism who knew one language.

Experts call it a novel & surprising finding

Research has shown that those who are bilingual and can switch between languages with ease respond to the linguistic context in which the communication is taking place, which improves reasoning ability.

The study looked at 40 children between the ages of six and nine, with or without ASD, who were either monolingual or bilingual, were able to shift tasks in a computer-generated test. There were 10 children in each category.

This is an important study as most parents of autistic kids are advised that exposing their child to more than one language would worsen their language difficulties.

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