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Bilingualism in Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Eye-Tracking Study

March 23, 2023 - September 27, 2023

An eye-tracking study to learn more about how Spanish-English bilingual adults with autism process language in real time. Participants will complete questionnaires, language proficiency tasks, and computer-based tasks — responding with button presses on the keyboard while their eye movements are tracked. The study will take one hour over one session. Given the large number of bilinguals both worldwide and in the US, this study aims to shed light on the important question of how language skills in ASD impacted by speaking another language.

What are the goals of the study?

We hope to better understand how Spanish-English bilingual adults with autism process language in real time.

What will happen during the visit or online?

Eye-tracking study

How will this help families?

Families affected by autism are often recommended by pediatricians, educators, and speech therapists to focus on the language of schooling and refrain from using the family’s home language. While bilinguals are underrepresented in ASD research, there is emerging evidence that exposure to a second language does not negatively impact language skills in children with ASD. This study hopes to shed more light on this question and help families make better informed decisions regarding raising their child with ASD in a bilingual environment (or not).

Eligibility Criteria

Bilingual adults (Spanish-English) – aged 18-30 with a diagnosis of ASD

View the study flyer here.

Contact Information

Kaylee Fernandez – knf43@rutgers.edu

Research Study Website
Bilingualism Language and Cognition Lab

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