Understanding rules versus guidelines

Posted by: alisrowe, June 26, 2021

Autistic people may have a tendency to take things literally. One consequence of this is that they might believe that things said are ‘rules’ and subsequently should be followed strictly and precisely (whereas the person who said those things only meant them to be ‘guidelines’).

Taking another person’s comments literally can cause the autistic person to feel confused and sometimes frustrated or disappointed.

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