How to Help a Talkative Autistic Child to Talk Less and Listen More

Many children with autism develop special interests and become so entranced with them that they spend much of their time talking about them with great enthusiasm. Initially, it can be astounding to hear an autistic individual share their knowledge and expertise on topics such as dinosaurs, bus routes, video games, insects, and the list goes on. But when sharing this information takes place at the wrong time and in the wrong place, it can be disruptive and challenging to redirect them to listening and focusing on the tasks at hand. 

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