How Not to Speak to Adults with Autism

How Not to Speak to Adults with Autism

Speaking to adults with the autism spectrum can be difficult at times. Even if you are a loved one living with them all their life, or a caregiver working in adult residential care, communication can still be a challenge.

While the social skills for each individual under our disability care in California vary, there are a few guidelines that experts in Magellan Residential Care use to help conversations go smoothly, and we would be happy to share these with you:

  • Speak to him or her like you would any adult.
    Don’t assume that they have limited cognitive skills just because they’re under residential care in Perris, California. Your patient or loved one’s disability may not be related to their ability to comprehend conversations.
  • If you’re a caregiver, try to avoid using words or phrases that are too personal.
    Words like “honey” or “sweetie” may be okay between friends and family, but may come off as demeaning or disrespectful from someone who is only looking after them.
  • Be direct.
    When you’re speaking to someone with autism, avoid using slang or sarcasm. Try to be more literal so as not to confuse them.
  • Listen patiently.
    Being an active listener is an important part of interacting with adults with ASD. Like any other human being, they need time to absorb and understand the information you are giving them.

These tips can come in handy especially for nurses who give respite care and are still new to interacting with adults with ASD. If you have more questions about caring for loved ones with ASD, give us a call. We’re here to help! Dial 951-238-1008 to reach us.

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