(6 - 18 years
- When trying to relate a story or experience,
frequently starts somewhere in the middle rather than at the beginning.
- When the listener gets confused, just throws
out more pieces of the story in hopes the listener can put it
all together. Does not go back to the beginning or seem to understand
how to pull things together.
- When a listener repeatedly asks questions,
the person having difficulty with communication may become irritated
- Can get frustrated enough to say, "Nevermind!"
or "Just forget it!" and shut down.
- Individual may become reluctant to share
ideas or put forth ideas in class or in a social setting
Graduate School, Working
- Has difficulty knowing where to start explaining
an idea and, as much or greater difficulty, knowing how to fix
a explanation that has broken down.
- When explaining something to a fellow student
or coworker frequently gets signals from the listener that they
- May realize that communication of ideas is
difficult and hold back contributing ideas to a team effort
- Friends and family comment that the individual
cannot tell a joke or emplain something.