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Autism and English language learner
Old 01-28-2012, 08:20 AM
 
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I am in the process of writing my Master's thesis on bilingualism and autism. I was wondering if anyone has ever had a student in their class that had autism and was learning English as a second language at the same time. What was the language of instruction? What kinds of interventions were taking place? Any and all experiences you could share with me would be great!

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I've had many students who received both
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IEP and ELL services, but as I tell all people who make queries on this board in order to complete their coursework--go out and contact teachers in your neighboring districts and ask them. That will give you a chance to observe in real life classrooms, and give your research real contexts.
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I am just wondering....
Old 01-28-2012, 05:42 PM
 
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In my area, very few children with autism are given the chance to develop bilingually due to the lack of professionals who can actually do any interventions in their native language. Most of the instruction has been in English without a real focus on developing the home language. I am just curious if this is the case in other areas of the country - specifically in areas where there are a higher number of Spanish speaking ELL's with specifically autism.
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Serbian, Amharic, Cantonese, Vietmanese.....
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No, there are not even very many English speaking autism professionals. However, many interventions are not language dependent--sensory rooms, PECs, social skills etc. I can speak to parents about interventions through an interpreter, and they can tell me what helps or triggers their child, especially when I don't yet know the child very well. There is an ELL sped parent group, but I don't know how active it is. I send home their fliers when I get them.

It sounds like there is real need bilingual sped teachers in your area.

I'd recommend contacting those cities that are known to have excellent autism research centers at their universities to see what they are doing. UW has one of the oldest and most renown autism research centers in the country.
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:19 AM
 
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I typed something else and changed my mind-- suffice to say that children on the spectrum here who are ELL do not get any services whatsoever in their native language.


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Thanks GraceKrispy!

Do the children on the spectrum who are ELL work at all with an ESL teacher?
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