AUTISM AND SCRIPTING

AUTISM AND SCRIPTING

Autism is a spectrum of disorders with an equally diverse set of symptoms which manifests differently in each autistic individual. Scripting is a repetitive behavior usually common in verbal children with autism.

SCRIPTING AND REPETITIVE BEHAVIOR

Also, Scripting is the repetition of words, phrases, or sounds from other people’s speech. Most common scripting phrases and sounds are from movies, books, or people they interact with. Scripting is common in autistic children who are learning to talk.

ECHOLALIAL SCRIPTING VERSUS SOCIAL SCRIPTING

Echolalia is usually the repetition of single words or phrases whereas echolalial scripting is more like the recitation of longer passages of dialogue from books or movies or audio-media etc etc. Echolalial scripting is usually hugely misunderstood by neuro-typical individuals since it appears like stimming, while to autistics it’s fun and enjoyable. Autistics also use it as a method of expression, communication and social engagement. In terms of expression, autistics may have echalalial scripting wherever they find themselves in emotionally charged situations.

Social scripting is more common in autistic teens and adults. This is because they may find it difficult picking up on social cues or understanding unstated social rules. It can be helpful to provide guidelines to help them navigate difficult social situations. This may include how to deal with social anxiety, maintaining friendships with other people and recognizing when they other people may be trying to take advantage of them. In a group setting, autistics may have difficulties taking social cues; laughing even when a joke has not been crack, having eye contact even when the situation may be awkward and so on… AUTISM AND SCRIPTING

WHY SCRIPTING?

Scripting, just like many other repetitive behaviors. Serve as a form of coping mechanism for people on the autism spectrum, especially during high stress or anxiety inducing social situations. Scripting phrases also serves as a sort of back up for autistics. When they feel pressure to think of an original thought or thing to say, especially in a group setting. AUTISM AND SCRIPTING

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