Formal Or Stiff Speech
Individuals with Asperger's syndrome may have formal or stiff speech when they talk. When Asperger's syndrome was diagnosed as its own issue, the main criteria was that a patient had autistic traits without the same speech delays. However, even if an Asperger's syndrome patient reaches the same speech milestones as a neurotypical child, they may have trouble speaking informally. They may use vocabulary that is too formal or advanced for a casual conversation. This may be offputting to individuals who talk to them.
It is important to note that formal speech is not intentional. An individual with Asperger's syndrome may talk in great detail about topics that interest them. They may also struggle to relate to others in regular conversation. The stiff speech may be a result of a struggle to relay ideas in words. Asperger's syndrome patients will not always think in verbal language. They may instead process things through a combination of visuals and emotions. This can be hard to 'translate' into spoken language, which can make communication difficult.
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