Autism talking to self
Self-care tuesdays: self talk
In early December 2016, I was subbing for one of the aides in an autism unit class when a 12-year-old girl caught my eye. In the center of the classroom, the student was doing his “self-talk.” She did so while pacing the floor and skipping around the room a few times. I knew it was probably a story with a cast of characters and dialogue unfolding in her head, even though I couldn’t understand what she was saying to herself.
It was a life-changing experience to see the child that day. My own Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis came as a result of the light bulb moment. The difference between me and the child is that I am conscious that there are times and places where I should refrain from using self-talk. I try not to do it in public, but it’s not uncommon for me to be caught talking to myself while walking in the park, for example. If I had a video camera in my place, I’d film a lot of myself doing self-talk. I believe I would be “weird” if I saw myself on video.
I don’t think talking to oneself counts as stimming because stimming is characterized as repetitive movement. When I’m doing self-talk, I find myself pacing back and forth. I used to do this a lot as a kid, particularly when I’d go outside to the side of the house and pace, or when I’d pace in my room. The pacing is achieved by stimming or repeated movement. So I stim sometimes when doing self-talk, but not always.
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It’s time for a dress rehearsal.
This is probably the most popular reason I speak to myself, and it happens when I’m not paying attention. When I think about interactions I need to have with people, whether actual, upcoming, or imagined, a stimming, coping, and preparation mechanism kicks in. Since it’s difficult for us to have “live conversations in the moment,” this is our way of laying pipe, roads, and laying some form of neural groundwork for when it’s necessary.
The act of reinforcing a series.
Typically, it will begin with “So, what I need to do is…”
It typically occurs when I’m overwhelmed and conscious that I have a variety of important tasks to complete, complete, correct, or comment on. It’s an inner monologue that needs to be spoken and thus understood, and if I recall hearing it, I’ll process it as if someone were asking me what to do. It’s good to be able to make my own choices.