Talkative Son

Hello,

Our 11yo Son, diagnosed ASD, has always been talkative.

Excessively talkative.

He can talk about anything that happens to be on his mind, to the point where it becomes draining to listen to him (which I feel horrible for saying by the way). If he gets onto one of his favourite subjects it can be very difficult to bring his lectures to an end.

At home, this hasn't been an issue; we're used to him and his ways.

At school, this hasn't been an issue. Until now. His classmates, they have all been in the same class for the past 6 years, know him and on the whole can deal with his ways. Lately though, our Son is saying that people in his class are telling him to shut up, or that they're not interested in what he has to say; and he's finding this difficult to deal with.

It goes without saying, that our Son doesn't pick up on social cues telling him that people are bored and so they resort to being blunt with him. Does anyone have any suggestions of how we can best help our Son with this, as it is a problem that he'll need to address especially as he'll be starting high school soon.

We can't help think that we should have addressed this sooner, but we never saw it as a problem until now. We don't want to stop his talking, despite my moaning, it is a joy to hear him wax lyrical about his topic of the moment; but we can understand how other people would find him tedious and a bit of a know-all. We just want to help him to understand when it's time to stop, if that makes sense?

Thanks!