The importance of paying attention to the environment is obvious to most of us. It applies in school, work, while driving, etc. However, it is not as apparent to those with intellectual difficulties. Whether you have a child with these difficulties or not, it wouldn’t hurt to review the principles.
What’s the pulse? Don’t ignore it. What’s going on? Good day? Bad day? Good news or bad news? Serious tone discussion or jovial tones? What is the occasion? Gathering or funeral?
As previously said, those with autism and similar social-cognitive disorders are generally poor self-inherent observers, meaning they don’t realize what they do irritates others. Being inappropriate in situations is common. Much has been publicized about social thinking, but putting the application in real context remains elusive. Recognizing the implications of a situation goes a long way toward fitting in. Recall those interrupters, chatty catties and office “plops.”