The Fourth Stage in Learning to Communicate
the story of Pam and Marvin
This story is presented as an alert to anyone who is satisfied when
his or her child finally has a great deal of language. The story
illustrates what can happen when a person with considerable
intelligence does not learn to have reciprocal conversations.
Marvin was considered cognitively bright but socially awkward
around age five. He was rewarded for learning and reciting many
things. He apparently never learned the importance of taking turns
with others and taking others' perspectives. His odd behavior was
often excused because he was [so intelligent.] He grew up in the
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Publication information: Book title: Communicating Partners: 30 Years of Building Responsive Relationships with Late-Talking Children Including Autism, Asperger's Syndrome (Asd), Down Syndrome, and Typical Development : Development Guides for Professionals and Parents. Contributors: James D. Macdonald - Author. Publisher: Jessica Kingsley. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 2004. Page number: 190.
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