I know that being/going nonverbal is an autism thing but iiaat to still be able to talk if you need to but would just really rather not and it takes a lot of effort to say things that make sense so not talking would be preferable but isn’t really an option in that situation
Yup. This would fall under the term semiverbal which is kind of an umbrella term for a variety of experiences partial verbality.
Some possible ways to experience being nonverbal:
- only being able to speak when spoken to/to answer questions
- only being able to access a small part of your vocabulary
- getting easily exhausted by speech
- a disconnect between eloquence of thoughts and speech (for instance, I’ll often have essays flowing through my head but struggle to put mouth words together to convey the thoughts, even though the thoughts are already in words in my head)
- only being able to speak in scripts/echolalia
- nearly any experience in which you feel your abilities to communicate verbally are compromised but still somewhat present
A person can be semiverbal all/most of the time or they may experience episodes of being semiverbal.
Personally, I am typically verbal but experience periods of semiverbality and nonverbality. And, my experiences of semiverbality vary. Sometimes I can only speak when prompted/asked questions. Sometimes I can only get out small words that only somewhat relate to what I’m trying to say. Sometimes, I can participate in pleasantries and other “nothing” words, but am unable to talk about the things that I desperately need to talk about.