Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Heritage Language use for Intervention in Autism

  • Nataly LimEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102324-1


Heritage languages are those languages that are specific to an ethnic or racial group. For instance, the heritage language of a Chinese person might be Mandarin. An individual’s heritage language may be different from the majority language (i.e., the language that is spoken by most people in a region), like in the case of a Chinese person living in the United States. For individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) whose families might speak a heritage language that is different from the majority language, heritage language usage during intervention might look like (a) delivering the entire intervention in the heritage language, (b) providing verbalizations in the heritage language, or (c) teaching using heritage and majority languages.

Historical Background

Because a core characteristic of ASD is the impairment of language abilities, some parents and practitioners believed that exposure to more than one language could exacerbate the already impaired language development...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA