Learning a new skill helps keep our brain active. That includes learning and using a new language.
An international research team has recently demonstrated that bilingualism is especially beneficial for autistic children.
The team split over 100 autistic children aged between 6 and 15 into groups and carried out various activities with them.
In the process they observed that bilingual children were particularly adept when it came to social interactions. They paid more attention to their partners.
In other words, bilingualism supports exactly the kind of mental processes that routinely pose a challenge for autistic children.
We already know about the benefits of augmented reality apps; time to actively promote learning additional languages.