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Being Hyper-Verbal Is A Real—And Disabling—Autistic Experience

Photo © ePi.Longo | Flickr / Creative Commons [image: Two Vietnamese men, seen from behind, wearing billed caps and squatting as they have a conversation. The man on the right is gesticulating with his left hand.] M. Kelter www.TheInvisibleStrings.com Content note: This article discusses suicide risk factors specific to the autistic experience. In autism discussions, I sometimes notice the word “hyperverbal” being used synonymously with “talking a lot” and I worry this kind of understanding can skip over much of what is really happening with this particular form of communication. Hyperverbal expression, whether it is verbalized or experienced internally, is autism and it is a disability. It has less to do with the volume of words expressed and more to do with the processing style that is common to some autistic people. I want to provide general information about hyperverbal communication here in an effort to help clarify its nature…