Autism and Bilingualism: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know?
Susan Fletcher-Watson, PhD
University of Edinburgh
Dr. Fletcher-Watson is a developmental psychologist, holding the post of Senior Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. She is an associate of the Patrick Wild Centre for research into autism, Fragile X Syndrome and intellectual disabilities and of The Salvesen Mindroom Centre to understand and resolve learning difficulties. Sue is interested in the application of psychological research methods to questions with clinical, educational and societal impact. Much of her work focuses on tracking early development on atypical trajectories (premature infants, autistic children) and applying this knowledge to outcome measurement and the design and evaluation of new types of support. Recently she has initiated a number of projects, in response to clinical and community demand, exploring the interface between autism and bilingualism with a view to developing evidence-based recommendations for parents and practitioners, and to understanding the role of bilingualism in the autistic experience. Dr. Fletcher-Watson can be contacted via her website www.dart.ed.ac.uk and on twitter @SueReviews