Asperger’s Disorder children interpret things very literally. They do not understand sarcasm, figures of speech, or even playful teasing. It is as if they only hear the words that people say and are deaf to the tone, blind to the facial expression, and oblivious to the intent.
Their response to what others say can sound disrespectful or smart mouthed. If you tell your daughter, “I can’t stand this anymore!” She may respond with, “Well, then sit down.” She is not talking back. She really thinks that you literally do not feel as if you can physically stand up. If your son asks when he will get a television in his room and you tell him, “Oh yeah, that’ll happen!” with a roll of your eyes and a sarcastic tone of voice, he will ask you when exactly will he get his television. He hears your words but misses your tone of voice and facial expression. Children with Asperger’s Disorder have a robotic-like interpretation of words where the emotions are not registered.