Another myth about autism is that people with this disorder are necessarily genius in something, like the hero of Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man. In fact, such people can have both high and low levels of intelligence. This does not mean at all that they do not understand anything, but you need to communicate with them in a special way. Don’t talk too much, try to use short, clear sentences. If you see that you are not understood, do not try to explain in more detail or ask counter questions – repeat again, in a simpler way. Better yet, use gestures, bold facial expressions, or pictures if they are at hand – people with autism sometimes carry a folder of picture cards with them. And be sure to pause, give the person time to comprehend your remark and respond.

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