I have just about given up on this, but I will ask anyway, just in case someone has some good intel. I get frustrated sometimes trying to figure out how to explain to people like my father and other such persons that my AS son is NOT trying to diss them, that just because he likes to repeat the same jokes, doesn't mean he isn't listening, and it doesn't mean that he doesn't find value in what you're saying to him. For instance, when I IM my son, he doesn't "conversate" in the conventional sense of the word. He shows me funny pictures, or directs me to a site with a funny song, types out all the keyboard emoticons, etc. His mind is sharp, and his vocab is on a college level, but I understand. After almost 14 years I know him well enough to know that he is taking in what I'm saying to him, he has opinions about it, and even though it might seem to others like he is playing around, he really values that chance to get to "talk" to me. But, is there any way to explain this to others? Some people are just convinced that he is acting snooty, that is he doing this kind of stuff to manipulate or because he has no manners or something. Know of any way to bridge this gap in understanding that actually has WORKED for you or someone else?
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