Do Autistic People Talk To Themselves?

Today we'll explain why high-functioning autistic people talk to themselves, and you'll find out if it's normal.

steven zauderer
Steven Zauderer
September 20, 2023
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Is it normal for autistic adults to talk to themselves?

Yes, it's normal for autistic adults to talk to themselves occasionally. Many people on the autism spectrum like to review conversations to themselves for numerous reasons.

Is it normal for autistic adults to talk to themselves?

This can include repeating lines from their favorite TV shows or movies, and this is known as "scripting". It's a repetitive behavior that's common amongst autistic people, and can be a source of comfort if the person has anxiety or excitement about an event that occurred recently.

Do autistic kids talk to themselves?

Adam Winsler, an associate professor of psychology at George Mason University, said "parents should not worry when their pre-schoolers talk to themselves. In fact, they should encourage it."

Winsler conducted the first-ever study which looked at private speech in autistic children, which was published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly. The study found that high-functioning autistic children talk to themselves often and in the same ways that non-autistic children do. It also showed that 5-year-olds do better on motor tasks when they talk to themselves out loud than when they are silent.

How does a person with autism talk?

A person with autism has good vocabulary but unusual ways of expressing themselves. Usually, they will talk in a monotone voice and won't recognize the need to control the volume of their voice. For example, someone with autism might speak loudly in a movie theater without realizing that it's a place to speak quietly in.

Do autistic kids talk all the time?

Autistic kids with high-functioning autism (HFA) and asperger's syndrome usually means they are obsessed with a certain topic and will frequently speak about it. Children with autism may constantly talk about cartoon characters, movies, race cars, and other things they are familiar with.


steven zauderer

CEO of CrossRiverTherapy - a national ABA therapy company based in the USA.

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