The importance of specific language

Posted by: alisrowe, August 9, 2017

Words are very important. I am very specific and pedantic when I talk and I always prefer others to be too. Although other people can sometimes get frustrated or annoyed with my need to get down to the ‘semantics’ of what is being said, knowing the semantics is actually a good thing as it often represents a desire to connect with the other person.

It’s well known that people with ASD tend to take words as they are literally said and can therefore go around in a state of confusion if words are not said literally. This can make daily life very hard. For example, a person on our Facebook page commented:

“My boss said ‘bring me the safe.’ She goes into the back office and sees me struggling to lift the safe so I can bring it to her. She says, ‘I meant bring me what’s inside the safe.’ The safe itself was bolted to the floor.”

Here you can see the words the boss said were confusing and meant the person misunderstood the task.

But there is another reason that words are important too…

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