ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Asperger's Syndrome and Communication: Common Speech and Language Traits

Updated on February 13, 2015
Often asperger syndrome children like giving instruction and language patterns can be lecturing with  very little back-and-forth communication.
Often asperger syndrome children like giving instruction and language patterns can be lecturing with very little back-and-forth communication.

Commmunication is a vital part of our lives, and for those with aspergers syndrome, it is a huge challenge.

A pervasive development disorder, asperger's syndrome affects a child's development in many areas: behavior, thinking, socialization, and communication -- both verbal and nonverbal. Here we will examine verbal communication characteristics of children with asperger's syndrome.

An asperger's child provides explanation in a lecture- like style.

If you have ever talked to a child with asperger's syndrome you probably noticed the way they communicate is marked by definite differences from other children's speech. The asperger child sounds different, but also approaches the communication task in a different manner. Communication is not a back-and-forth process, rather the child directs communication by controlling it. Let's examine the communication process of an asperger child by what it sounds like and what happens.

What verbal communication of aspergers children sounds like:

  • Voice may lack emotion: The voice of an asperger child may sound flat with little if any expression because children with asperger's syndrome often have a hard time defining emotion so they cannot express it in their voice.
  • Odd tone of voice: To many people the tone may sound odd because of little variation in pitch or rhythm, perhaps monotone.
  • Precise enunciation of words: Many children with aspergers syndrome are perfectionist, so they want the sound of their speech to be perfect and clear.
  • May use advanced vocabulary: Big words out of a small child's mouth adds to an authoratative tone.

How the asperger child styles their verbal communication:

  • Lecture: Often when the asperger child communicates s/he explains by providing information in a sort of monologue style. Explanantions can end up being very detailed, and the child may become very upset if interrupted.
  • Domination: If the asperger child communicates in a back and forth conversation, the conversation might be revolved around their particular special interest with no deviation froom that topic.
  • Endless talking: Dominating communication also happens when the asperger child controls communication by not letting anyone else speak and endlessly talking.
  • Repeated questioning: A child might choose to control converstaion by asking endless questions, then the child does not have to speak about a topic that s/he has little knowledge about.

Asperger children may use these strategies of communication because they can control communication and decrease feelings of apprehension. Frequently the asperger child is apprehensive because s/he lacks the ability to explain feelings or talk about subjects that s/he does not know about or understand. It is hard for asperger children to use their imagination because they ar very literal and attach meaning to things they can see; consequently, their range of comfortable topics can be limited.

These communication issues exhibited by children with asperger's syndrome greatly affect socialization and how they get along in the world. Learning to express emotion appropriately and communicating effectively can improve one's life greatly.

Early interventions help the asperger's syndrome child. Here are some important tips for teachers and parents to help asperger's syndrome children with communication.

  • Teach child about emotions. Talk about what emotions are, and what people do when they are happy, sad, confused, or nervous. Demonstrate, even exaggerate, facial expression, and draw simple pictures to help a child understand emotions. What do people sound like when they are happy? What do they look like? Start teaching about emotions at a young age.
  • Teach manners and practice constantly. Saying "please" and "thank you" can start as early as two years old. Praise the child for using good manners. Also, teach the asperger child that interrupting is not polite. Using manners helps socialization and getting along with others.
  • Role model behavior and encourage conversation. Talk conversational style (back-and-forth communication) as much as possible with the child, but control the conversation and redirect when the child dominates the conversation.
  • Monitor child as s/he communicates with others. As they child plays with a friend, help the asperger's syndrome child communicate with others in a polite and appropriate manner. Don't allow them to monopolize the conversation, and join in the conversation between the asperger child and a peer. Ask questions of both children, and encourage the asperger child to ask the peer questions.
  • Encourage play that involves effective communication. Board games involve taking turns, charades involves communicating to someone without words, building a structure like a sandcastle involves cooperation. Activities requiring effective communication help asperger children learn important skills. Don't be afraid to jump and join the activity so you can role-model appropriate communication and behavior.

Although asperger's syndrome is a pervasive disorder, early interventions and therapy help. It is never too early to help the child diagnosed with asperger's syndrome.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Michellelynng profile image

      Michelle Harrelson 

      6 years ago

      That is like me. I go on and on and on monolouge style. I did this both as a child and I still do this. I often dominate the conversation having to remind myself to try to somehow relate the conversation back to the other person. The problem is I get bored when others talk about their interests at times. As an adult people don't get it. I may cover the same ground and may even the same question. My tone of voice can sometimes be louder than expected due to my other sense be overloaded. Very good article this is how I felt then as a child and now.

    • J Burgraff profile image

      J Burgraff 

      10 years ago

      What a great hub. I know several children with Asperger's Syndrome and the information you have delivered is tremendously helpful. We all control situations with our communication and most use emotive language to control the situation. The emotional voice is pretty manipulative and kids with Asperger's just lack that particular tool (that of copying other's emotions to control what we are communicating.) Hope to hear more from you on this subject.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)