The Literal Mind

Taking it Literally

You’ve probably heard that Asperger’s people have difficulty interpreting sayings, proverbs, and the like.  Possibly, you’ve even heard of a child rushing to the window to check out the ‘raining cats and dogs’ comment.

It’s true.

To challenge my son’s mind and help him deal with this, we introduce sayings on a regular basis.  Remembering all those proverbs and colloquialisms… not as easy as it sounds.  But it’s worth it, not only to give our son the information necessary to avoid the awkward moment, but also to stretch his mind a little.  He’s also very cleverly taken on the task of thinking up his own, which exercises both of us.

Can’t think of any?  Look for signs that could be interpreted two ways, like ‘dip in the road’, ‘Warning: dog’, ‘keep hands to yourself’, and so on… the world is full of them.  Play a game, and have both of you think up a few (good for some shared laughs), and help develop his/her sense of humor.

Here are a few examples to talk over, depending on age and knowledge base:

  • Haste makes waste
  • A house is not a home
  • It’s raining cats and dogs
  • Birds of a feather flock together
  • Never look a gift horse in the mouth
  • Put your best foot forward
  • Silence is golden
  • The grass is always greener
  • No smoke without fire
  • Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
  • Walls have ears
  • You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar
  • Don’t burn your bridges
  • Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched
  • Every cloud has a silver lining
  • It’s no use crying over spilt milk
  • It’s the early bird that gets the worm
  • Money doesn’t grow on trees

Have fun, teach a little, learn a lot 🙂

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About aspergerfamily3

Living in an Asperger's World, surrounded by a love of learning, interesting people, and daily challenges.
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