While greater patience in conversations can be helpful, the person with Autism may still have difficulty thinking of an appropriate response. The person with Autism can be prepared by providing a few ‘catch phrases’ to get started, but once the conversation gets going they have to generate appropriate statements and questions on their own to keep the conversation going. If the topic is related to the person’s knowledge/interests they can typically pull from their existing knowledge base and respond pretty quickly (sometimes with too much information). However, if that knowledge based is not there, then it takes a while for the person with Autism to piece together different bits of knowledge and come up with a response. In my practice I’ll often teach clients specific statements and questions to request more time to think like “Can you give me a minute?” or “I’m not sure, let me get back to you on that.” Another way to give the person more time to think is to have them respond “Can you tell me more about that?” That way the person with Autism can think of how to respond while the other person is giving more detail. Encourage the person with an ASC to tell the people they are closest to that they need more time to think and respond than others.