Children with autism spectrum disorder do seem to have a language preference when completing high-effort academic tasks

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2022-05

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Whistler, Brooke

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The aim of this current literature review is to focus on the cultural implications of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), by the examination of the Aguilar et al. (2017), research study. Aguilar et al.’s study sought to determine if children diagnosed with ASD had any preference for language during academic tasks using five participants who lived in primarily Spanish-speaking homes and attended English-speaking schools who were given a choice between languages used in instruction within the context of a concurrent-operant design that alternated low or high-effort academic tasks. Results indicated that the participants had preferred their home language (Spanish) when completing high-effort academic tasks. Results are discussed with an emphasis on the importance of language and other aspects of culture when developing programs for children with ASD.

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autism spectrum disorder, language, education, Honors College

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Whistler, B. L. (2022). Children with autism spectrum disorder do seem to have a language preference when completing high-effort academic tasks (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.

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