Hi, I'm Craig Kendall, the author of
The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide. In today's newsletter we are going to answer the
How do I help my child understand subtle speech patterns like sarcasm?
PHYSICAL STRUCTURE OF THE BRAIN
The frontal lobe of the brain affects several processes
such as speech, expressive language, emotion, reaction, habits, and judgment. The imaging that has been
done suggests that this area of the brain grows and develops much more slowly while other areas grow more
rapidly. What you often get is a gifted student that does not know how to deal with people.
New studies that have been released over the past year
have begun to explain what is not working correctly. We learn by the process of copying each other. We say
things other people we know say. We eat things other people we know eat. We do things that other people
we know do. We learn from them.
"MIRROR" NEURONS MAY BE A CAUSE
In the brain we have neurons. Little chemical signals
that control what the brain does. These have been labeled "mirror" neurons because they make your brain
think you are actually doing what you are watching someone else do. People with Autistic spectrums do not
produce these neurons when they see someone else doing things. Therefore, if they see someone making a movement
with their face and they don't know what it means, they are not going to repeat the seemingly useless gesture
at the right time, if at all. After a while they might stop paying attention to the movement at all.
SUBTLE VOICE CHANGES ARE MISSED
Sarcasm is cue based. The words are the same but the
voice changes. This would be considered a subtle cue and these are often missed. Analogies are not understood
unless the connection is understood.
But there is hope. Specific training can often be highly
effective in helping Aspergers children learn the skills needed.
HOW TO TEACH ASPERGERS KIDS TO UNDERSTAND THESE
Basically, Aspergers is treated by training the child
how the world outside of their mind works. Because they have trouble recognizing that other people are having
different thoughts than them, they have to be taught this. Once they have learned that, they can be trained
to respond to other people in a way that will help them get what they need. Then they will be taught about
relationships and the give and take of conversations and friendships.
To learn more about the specific types of training
that are most effective in helping your Aspergers child learn language communication skills, visit
Note: my newly
released book on Aspergers for Teens and Young Adults discusses bullying, anxiety,
depression and what to do about it. Click here for more information:
Note: my newly
released book on Aspergers for Adults discusses how to make and keep friends, building
relationships, employment, depression and the meaning of life, therapy options and much more. Click
here for more information:
These are just a few of the
answers you will need to successfully survive and thrive with Aspergers. If you are looking for additional
answers immediately, go to the following site: www.AspergersSociety.org
Some of the many questions we will be covering in future issues include ...
What steps should I take to see if I or my loved one has Aspergers?
Why does it often take years to diagnose Asperger's Syndrome?
How can I get a diagnosis of Aspergers for an Adult?
How can I be certain that that my loved one has Aspergers and not some other condition?
What are the most effective ways to treat Aspergers?