Learn About the Basic Language/Communication Issues in Kids with Autism

Communicating fluently is always a challenging issue for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. The fact is true for adults with Autism, as well. You need to understand the subtle issues connected with communication problems in children with autism.

In this particular segment, we are going to understand their complexities of social communication.

Here they are, for your understanding:

Difficulty in understanding perspective from the other’s point of view

Children with Autism always sense information from their own perspective and are unable to sense what is going on, in the other person’s mind. Hence, they have difficulty seeing another person’s perspective. This is also true while you portray information shown on TV, documentaries, texts etc.

  • Not able to comprehend what the other person needs

Children with Autism find it difficult to gauge the fact that other people surrounding them too have unique ideas, thoughts and a personal sense of motivation. This is the reason why they are not in a position to comprehend coherently and respond to their fellow-mates appropriately. Lack of social communication amongst these kids leaves them isolated most of the time and can also cause sleep problems in children with autism.

Communication issues in autism have to be dealt with care and caution. Speech therapists and language specialists can give these kids the right type of training. The kids can then respond accurately to what is said or taught to them.

  • Minimal eye-contact during the course of the conversation

Children with Autism maintain minimal eye-contact while they converse with the other person. This clearly defines lack of interest or concentration to what is being said by the other person. Eye contact for these kids can be highly distracting.

A personality development or a grooming expert can help these kids improvise on their one on one body language. This needs to be done on an elaborate note.

  • Either delivers monologues or talks non-stop

The way children with Autism interact can take two extreme scenarios. The kid either delivers monologues or speaks one liners. In a day to day communication, one can barely understand what these kids want or expect. This is while they communicate in this fashion.

On the other hand, they can also go to the other end of the spectrum. This is while they communicate non-stop on a given or a particular topic. They barely give a chance for the other person to reciprocate. Either ways it is communication issues in autism which require attention.

  • Self-talk is quite common amongst these kids

children with Autism are quite unaware of their external surroundings. This is due to the inability of the brain to interpret signals provided by the external stimuli. These kids therefore indulge in self-talk. They talk to themselves so loudly that the other person easily makes out what these kids are saying to themselves. The other people make judgments with these kids or deprive them of what they want.

  • Having difficulty in understanding the nuances of any language

These kids find it highly challenging to understand certain figurative aspects of the language. These include similes, metaphors, idioms, phrases or irony. language after all is not just about words and sentences.

Having discussed various forms of social interaction issues in kids with Autism, language specialists or speech therapists can impart the right form of training to tutor these kids therefore leading them towards the right direction.

Author: autismconnectassociation

Autism Connect is a voluntary group based in Mumbai, India formed by parents and professional care-takers of children on the autism spectrum. Parenting and caring for a child with autism is a special responsibility in itself. There are doubts, questions and uncertainties in our minds. At Autism Connect, we endeavor to collect literature on evidence based practices (with special emphasis on newer emerging therapies) in the management of autism and share it with autism associations and organizations across the world with the hope that these associations disseminate and distribute this to their members and parents of children with autism.

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