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Strategy: Thought and Speech Bubbles


It’s well known that people with ASD are often very concrete in their understanding and use of language. That means that when communication is subtle, abstract, or metaphorical, the intent of the message is likely to be missed entirely,

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  • October 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Incredibly interesting stuff!

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  • October 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I am 41 and was diagnosed as having Asperger syndrome during the June of 2009.
    Having been frustrated by people’s apparent inability to say what they mean and mean what they say, I have been training ‘neurotypicals’ to communicate more clearly and some have found that this has benefitted their interpersonal relationships with other ‘neurotypicals’. I acknowledge that to so communicate requires some effort on the part of ‘neurotypicals’ but no more than that which those of us with autism spectrum conditions seem expected to apply.

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  • October 13, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Kelvin, I have found a similar sort of benefit myself; I explain that I am not too good at reading between the lines, and must be told directly if they want me to know something. Most people will oblige, though they often do it in a rather amusingly apologetic manner! One assumes that after they have learned I will not in fact bite their heads off, they will be a bit more forthright…

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