Autism Teaches To Call A Spade A Spade, Perhaps?
These days most of us have become more informal in our choice of words and expressions. Slangs, puns, innuendos and many other literary tropes dominate our usual talks. But, here we are not talking about “us”; here we are focusing on how figurative language can pose a daunting challenge for the autistic mind. A majority of children with autism interpret words and sentences quite literally. They are often unable to “read between the lines”, so to speak, which is why it is important to talk with them in simple and plain language.
Say for example, Dr Paul Jones told Natalie that she had “stomach bug”, when what the doctor really wanted to mean was “stomach virus”. Now Natalie’s 6-year-old son Todd, who is on the spectrum, looked visibly worried as he presumably envisioned an alien-like creature crawling around her mother’s intestine. Though it may sound hilarious for people like us, for children with autism it is really not funny!
Those parenting preschoolers need to understand that their kids might not find the classroom environment too easy to adapt to. Going to school becomes a huge transition for such kids as they have to adjust to the new atmosphere.
Could a technology-based intervention model be helpful in teaching the basics of social communication to autistic kids? Now, we have an app that you can use to help your little one develop a small array of social communication skills, including greetings and salutations. Check out Social Talks on iTunes!