Literal-Minded

Linguistic commentary from a guy who takes things too literally

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Posted by Neal on May 29, 2004

My 4-year-old son Adam has an autism spectrum disorder, and is undergoing some early intervention therapy to learn explicitly what most kids learn by osmosis. Many of his learning programs are intended to give him social skills, and one of these skills is to be able to say the formulaic responses for common situations. One of these targets is for him to say, “I’m doing fine,” when asked, “How are you?” Realizing that this question is not a request for information is one of the things that autistic-spectrum kids often have trouble with.
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