Job Sharing

Encounter Sharing Communication

Take a moment to study this brief conversation involving a mother and son. As you study, believe about what is becoming communicated. Are you in a position to get a image in your head?

“Hey mom, you are going to in no way think this! I saw a child turtle in the road.”

“Seriously, I wonder how large it was.”

“Pretty little, only this large (indicates the size of a half dollar with hands).”

“Wow, I will bet he was scared becoming in the middle of the road. Possibly he was lost.”

“I did not believe about him becoming scared perhaps I need to move him out of the road. Do you believe he was attempting to get to the lake?”

“I believe it would be extremely good if we go back down and move him out of the road. I bet he was attempting to get to the lake to take a swim. It is a hot day, and I believe turtles like to swim just as considerably as small boys.”

Vignettes like this are extremely frequent location amongst parents and young children. This is an instance of encounter sharing communication at its very best. The majority of the communicating we do is for encounter sharing purposes.

Now study the following conversation involving a mother and her son. Do you notice a distinction?

“Hi Jimmy, how was your day?”


“What did you do at college nowadays?”

“Practically nothing.”

“You did not do something?”


“Did you study any books or do any math?”


“What book did you study?”

“I do not know.”

“Did you go to health club nowadays?”


“What did you do in health club?”

……And on and on it goes.

Does this exchange sound familiar? This dialogue is an instance of crucial communication. Have been this mother and son conversing? Yes. Have been they communicating? No. Is the son in this vignette even definitely listening to what his mom is asking? He does not will need to place a lot of believed into his answers, in particular because these are most likely the very same sorts of queries he is asked just about every day. He understands the format for this variety of conversation: a person asks a query, I answer yet another query is asked, I answer and so on. The parent in this situation is not inviting responses rather, she is expecting them. She is seeking for details, but is only getting a single and two word responses that hold small or no which means.

Crucial communication is created up of queries and demands. In basic, persons use this variety of communication about 20% of the time in their day to day interactions. Crucial communication is a important element of day-to-day life, but it need to not make up the majority of our communication experiences.

On the other hand, we use encounter sharing communication about 80% of the time in our day-to-day interactions with other people. The capability to share our experiences with a person is a uniquely human characteristic. No other species has the capability of sharing thoughts and feelings. Sharing experiences makes it possible for us to communicate about not only our external globe, but our internal globe as properly. It supplies us with the chance to speak about our previous, present, and future. Not only are we in a position to share our experiences, but we are in a position to discover about others' experiences. We can figure out what believed processes they are making use of, and how they might be feeling about a shared encounter.

The percentages listed above for encounter sharing and crucial communication relate to the typical particular person. For parents and other people who reside or function with young children with autism spectrum problems, these percentages have a tendency to be reversed. It is not uncommon for parents of young children with an autism spectrum disorder to have 80% of the communication with their youngster be crucial, and 20% be encounter sharing. This commonly occurs simply because parents want to speak with their youngster, they want details, or they want their youngster to do some thing and asking queries or producing a demand appears to be the only way to do this. Generally, parents really feel that if they do not ask the youngster a query, they will in no way know what they are pondering. It is not just parents who communicate in this way but other persons in the child's atmosphere, such as college employees, do so as properly. What tends to come about for young children whose atmosphere is filled with crucial communication is that they discover to speak in this way. Substantially of what they communicate is associated to finding requirements met, or sharing the very same details more than and more than. Young children in these environments discover that when a person asks a query, they will need to answer but they do not necessarily discover how to believe and deliver a thoughtful answer. They also have a tendency to discover that several persons ask the very same sorts of queries, so that they can give the very same response more than and more than with no needing to believe about it.

What are some strategies that you can start to modify the way you communicate with young children on the autism spectrum? Start gradually, by deciding on a distinct time of day that you will practice making use of encounter sharing communication. Attempt to make comments about the factors you are at the moment undertaking. If you discover that you are possessing difficulty not asking queries, attempt just becoming quiet or speaking about oneself. Devote some time listening to snippets of other people's conversations in a coffee shop or mall, or even when watching Television. Consider about what you hear, and how persons are communicating with every other. Possibilities are, they will be making use of encounter sharing communication.

Although crucial communication is important at instances, to make requests and collect details, we will need to believe about how considerably we use it. Striving to use encounter sharing communication at least 80% of the time will bring about a considerably richer encounter for absolutely everyone involved. Assisting young children with autism spectrum problems start sharing experiences, in a meaningful way, operates to boost the core deficits of autism and the excellent of life.