Communication Differences

Autistic individuals may communicate in different ways to neurotypical people, but communication works both ways as long as each group takes the time to understand each other. A double empathy problem. An introduction to the double empathy problem – YouTube

Why are there differences? Well, from a very early age non-autistic individuals instinctively pick up the social rules that govern interaction and communication. Autistic individuals do not which means they have to try and learn them by rote which can be exhausting. In addition, much of communication is non verbal such as gestures, tone of voice and body language and again this ‘reading between the lines’ is much more difficult for autistic people.

Autistic people can also need additional time to process communication, which makes things like keeping up with the flow of conversation more difficult. This is made harder if there are multiple conversations, background noise or if someone is speaking quickly.

Some autistic people are non speaking but as already explained there are various ways to communicate besides words and there are various visual supports and technologies that can help non speaking people express themselves as well.

Scroll down for resources to help with communication.

communication cards

Communication profile

Assertive Communication Techniques

Emotions Emojis

Emotion sensation feeling wheel

Iceberg principle

Meeting planner

CWP communication and emotions presentation

CWP autism, social skills and communication presentation