There was a comment on my blog yesterday asking if I knew of a way to ease the issues with yesterday's blog topic. What that means is that, is there a way to know I actually understand what was asked or expected of me when I might say "yes" regardless.
To answer this I must first reiterate the fact that, if you've met one person with autism you've only met one person with autism. So, with that being said, what my thoughts are, or what others have done with me, may or may not work.
As I thought about this there was only one thing that came into my mind and that is the much dreaded follow up question. To be honest, if I'm asked something twice I can get a bit snippy (I should blog about that sometime). However, over the long term I think this would ease things. So, what is this follow up question? I don't think the hotel front desk lady would be in a place to ask this question as it would seem rude I'm sure, but asking a follow up question such as, "Okay, where are you going?"
Did you read the way my follow up question was worded? By eliminating a question that can be answered by a simple yes or no I now have to repeat back to you where I am going. A quick side note: I'm just using yesterday's blog topic as an example to this applies more than just knowing where a person is going at a confusing hotel complex. But, keeping on track, if I have to repeat back the direction it will be quickly obvious if I understood the direction or not.
So yes, this applies more than just getting to a hotel at 2AM. If given a task I almost always would just agree and many times I actually didn't hear the words spoken. If the follow up question is to state what I am supposed to do then that would let the other person instant knowledge on if I understood or didn't. Often times I would leave a task unfinished, okay, I never would start the task because I didn't know it was expected. And it's not that I'm being rude or that I'm ignoring the person who gave the task, but if my mind is fixated on something in space, or if I'm thinking about something it is as if there just isn't enough processing abilities in my brain to do it all.
I hope this answer proves to be decent enough for the anonymous user who asked it. It was a great question and I hope this shed some more light on the topic.