Asperger’s Syndrome at Work: Why Small Talk Matters

by Barbara Bissonnette If you are like many people with Asperger’s Syndrome, you categorize small talk as a nonsensical NT (neurotypical) ritual where people waste time talking about stupid subjects that no one really cares about. However, small talk is actually a critical workplace skill. It is the first step in establishing those all-important relationships with … Continue reading

Social Language Use: Using Language, Changing Language, Following Conversation Rules

You have invited your friend over for dinner. Your child sees your friend reach for some cookies and says, “Better not take those, or you’ll get even bigger.” You’re embarrassed that your child could speak so rudely. However, you should consider that your child may may not know how to use language appropriately in social … Continue reading

Social Language Tips: Using Language for Different Purposes, Changing Language for Different Listeners or Situations, Conversation and Storytelling Skills

Parents, cargivers, families, and teachers can help individuals use language appropriately in social situations ( pragmatics ). Some general suggestions to help develop skills in three major pragmatic areas are listed below. Using Language for Different Purposes Ask questions or make suggestions to use language for different purposes: Desired Language Function Suggested Question or Comment Comment … Continue reading

Explanation of What a Parable Is

Watch this video to learn what a parable is. The explanation of what a parable is starts at 4 minutes 45 seconds into the video. (The video requires Adobe Flash to play the video.) Parables – a parable is a small story that teaches a big idea – all cultures have parables – they are simple … Continue reading

How to Understand Body Language – A Non Verbal Way of Communicating

by Marc Segar, Adapted by Autism Spectrum Directory Body language is a form of non-verbal communication, consisting of body pose, gestures, and eye movements. Humans send and interpret such signals subconsciously. ( Body Language – Body language doesn’t just include gestures, it also includes facial expressions, eye contact and tone of voice and is sometimes affected … Continue reading

Telephone Communication Skills

Examples of good and bad telephone communication skills by Joshua Uebergang The telephone is a different medium to traditional face-to-face communication. What does this mean to you? Rules change and tips can be adapted from normal face-to-face communication to help you build your relationship. What does not change is the fundamental human psychology within the two … Continue reading

Successful Strategies for the Casual Form of Conversation Called ‘Small Talk’

Small talk is meaningless conversation in terms of content, but is often seen as socially important in certain situations, or context. In many English-speaking countries, it can be viewed as rude or unfriendly not to make small talk. Non-personal comments about non-controversial subjects are usually considered as appropriate small talk. ( Copyright Autism Spectrum Directory … Continue reading