Conversing with a child or teen with Asperger’s Disorder can be rather difficult. Parents of Asperger’s Disorder children may get used to their child’s unusual style of talking and therefore fail to recognize the severity. They may become accustomed to rescuing their Asperger’s Disorder child from conversational errors by speaking for her, explaining to others what she meant to say, and interpreting for her. To the outside observer, however, the Asperger’s Disorder child’s style of speaking is quickly seen as unusual.
A brief interaction with an Asperger’s Disorder child starts off problematic. The child does not say hello or look the other person in the eye. Regardless of the age difference and level of familiarity with the other person, she will begin the encounter by launching immediately into talking, usually about her special interest or asking an odd question that seems to come out of nowhere. She may give a nonstop monologue, not letting the other person to join in. Once the listener gets a chance to speak, the Asperger’s Disorder child disregards what he has to say, does not respond, and gets right back to where she left off.