Listening is a very important component of good communication. Many people consider themselves to be “good listeners”… but are they really?! Just because you are an introverted or a quiet person for example, it does not automatically make you good at listening.
Communication is very difficult for autistic people and I have noticed that a lot of autism literature focuses on helping autistic people to improve their understanding and use of body language, tone of voice and eye contact. Listening skills are often overlooked.
In this article I will give you some ideas on how to improve your listening skills. These suggestions are also going to be useful to neurotypical people.
We should always remember that communication between neurotypical and autistic people can be especially hard. Misunderstandings are common. Therefore, it’s even more vital for both neurotypical and autistic people to work on improving their listening skills, so as to be able to communicate more effectively with each other.