46. Why Conversations are just HARD

podcast Jul 22, 2021

The majority of people with autism do use spoken language but few of them use it in the same way as individuals without autism.  The reason that this is so important for you to understand is that often our kids are often communicators rather than conversationalists and teaching conversation skills will likely be something that you will continually have to work on with your child if language is a challenge for them.

Many of the skills that are needed for conversation are the ones that are the core deficits in autism.  Conversation is not one way, it is interactive communication between two or more people and it is often difficult for individuals with autism because it is a dialogue, not a monologue.

Learning to think about others and understand social situations are valuable skills that will help our kids in everyday situations.