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Old 04-17-2012, 01:31 PM   #16
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Re: Asperger's and talking to yourself

Hi Brightonuk,
Martin Short said he used to act out scenes constantly when alone in his room. I bet a lot of famous actors and writers also did that in their youth. I wouldn't ask him to stop. Maybe encourage him to act out the characters with others and maybe get involved in organized theater or something like that. I would also encourage getting started on writing that book. I would also stress the value of using one's imagination without verbalizing everything. Imagination actually works better without talking - it's a richer and deeper experience when you can just be quiet and let your imagination sweep you away to another world. I hope this helps.

 
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:44 AM   #17
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Re: Asperger's and talking to yourself

I've been doing that all my life (almost 50 years) and am still doing it today. When I was at college I lived in a dormitory and I used to talk loudly to myself or my imaginary friends. I later learned that people were commenting on my way of talking to my friends and thought it weird when they found out there was never anyone visiting my room, really.
I try not to do it in public but mostly fail. I don't do it when walking with somebody. A fellow-student once said "you think with your talking tools". I found Dr. Tony Attwood using just this figure of speech in one of his books about Asperger's :-).BTW - I loved what TinyTim says earlier. My husband doesn't "believe" in syndromes, either.

 
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