Most children and teens interrupt far more often than their parents care for. Parents find it takes years of reminders before their child eventually learns to consistently wait his turn to talk. The Asperger’s Disorder child, however, keeps interrupting despite years of instruction because he fails to read the signals of when it is his turn to talk.
You can decrease the interruptions by creating a set of code words and/or hand signals to let him know when he needs to wait to talk and when it is okay.
• Red light: No talking right now; wait until I give you a green light
• Yellow light: No talking right now, but if you wait, it will just be about a minute
• Green light: It is now your turn to talk
Teach your child that you will employ the light system so that you do not have to raise your voice to him when he interrupts, which will be far more pleasant for both of you. Explain to him what each light means. Expect that you will have to work at this because he will have countless moments when he believes what he has to say is so important that it simply cannot wait!