ISSUES IN BILINGUALISM IN THE CONTEXT OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS. CASE STUDY REPORT
BODEA HAŢEGAN CAROLINA*a, TALAŞ DORINA b
a, bBabeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, Department of Special Psycho-Pedagogy
The impact of bilingualism on language development in the context of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) represents the main focus of this article. In order to investigate this aspect the researchers used the single case study qualitative method. The selection criteria were: the presence of ASD, bilingual exposure and language developmental age less than 2 years. The fallowing instruments were used to collect data: semi-structured interview and Communication Matrix translated in Romanian language. The results underline the fact that communication development in a case of ASD with bilingual exposure is reinforced by the two languages specific features, this adding cultural, linguistic and cognitive value to child`s speech and language development.
Cuvinte cheie: tulburări din spectru autist, bilingvism, scala Communication Matrix, tulburări de limbaj, abilităţi de comunicare
Keywords: autism spectrum disorders, bilingualism, Communication Matrix, language disorders, communication skills
Bodea Haţegan Carolina
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