Bilingualism, Autism and the Brain

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Berengere Digard - PhD Candidate in Psychiatry
Edinburgh Medical School - The Patrick Wild Centre - The University of Edinburgh - Kennedy Tower, Morningside Terrace, EH1 -3 0 5HF

"I am Berengere Digard, PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, under the supervision of Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson, Dr Andrew Stanfield and Pr Antonella Sorace.

My research project focuses on the influence of bilingualism upon the social and cognitive talents of adults on the autism spectrum. It is well known that people on the autism spectrum experience difficulties in social processes but it has also been shown, in neurotypical populations, that being bilingual could enhance these same processes. So my research project is to investigate whether bilingualism could be beneficial for people on the autism spectrum for more details, feel free to have a look at

The first stage of this project is to circulate an online survey, the Autism and Bilingualism Census, addressed to all adults over 16 years old on the autism spectrum, including monolinguals and multilinguals alike. This survey is the first, to the best of our knowledge, aiming to compare the social life and social involvement of monolingual and bilingual people on the autism spectrum. It is also a valuable tool to learn more about bilinguals on the autism spectrum, their language history and how they feel bilingualism impacts their daily life.

Here is the link to the survey:

Many thanks for your participation"

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