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Bilingual autistic people may have improved cognitive flexibility

A recent Canadian study suggests that being bilingual may improve cognitive flexibility in autistic people, reports EurekAlert. The research examined how easily children were able to change tasks in a computer test โ€“ the study involved children with and without a diagnosis of autism, and those that were monolingual and bilingual. The study, published in Child Development, found that the autistic bilingual children were able to switch tasks more easily, suggesting that being bilingual may increase cognitive flexibility.

Date added: 16 January 2018