For Caregivers: Talking to Adult with Autism Spectrum
Communicating with adults on the autism spectrum can be challenging, even for trained professionals. However, this does not mean it’s impossible. There are a few tips that we at ALLCARE & ALLIED HEALTH SERVICES LLC will be sharing with you.
- Talk tot hem like adults, not like children.
Don’t assume that the patient has limited cognitive skills. They can understand words just as well as any other person, but only have difficulty in responding verbally.
- Communicate as clearly as possible.
Avoid using slang, nuance, and sarcasm.
- Listen patiently.
Having good listening skills is important when communicating with anyone with ASD, especially in senior care. If you did not understand what they are saying, ask questions to clarify.
- Give meaningful feedback.
Some adults with ASD may communicate inappropriately, it is your responsibility to give them feedback on which parts of the conversation were inappropriate.
It is important that family, friends, and even experts working in a homecare agency in Delaware county to recognize and respect people with ASD as adults and to help boost their self-esteem as much as possible.