AUTISM AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING: A MOTHER S PERSPECTIVE [thesis]

ALINE CIDRINI ALVES
Alves, Aline Cidrini; Miller, Inés k. (Advisor). Autism and English language learning: a mother's perspective. Rio de Janeiro, 2017, 32 p. Monograph -Departamento de Letras, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. While a lot of research can be found on the issues of second language learning in young learners, little has been said in terms of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the process of learning a second language. Some Studies in the past defended that autism
more » ... red due to lack of parents' love. The aim of this paper is not only to describe my experience as a mother of twins with ASD, but also to analyze the quality of their English language learning development. In order to do so, I observed my own autistic children and their language development during seven months and how they reacted to my interference in their natural process. Inspired by the principles of Exploratory Practice (ALLWRIGHT, 2003) with a focus on understanding instead of problemsolving, I realized that each experience is unique. I created potentially exploitable pedagogic activities (PEPAs) in order to help me during my observation. Also motivated by the book A queda by Diogo Mainardi (2014), I managed to address my puzzles from a different perspective and hope that this paper can help other families understand their cases by enlightening them about how I investigated my family's process.
doi:10.17771/pucrio.acad.31481 fatcat:gkjdu45ofbfdfieu5ehb4ynagq