I don’t know what other ASD parents, or professionals, call the process or behaviour, but Frances almost constantly “verifies rules” or extracts them from both real and imagined scenarios — and this is undertaken very seriously.
She has been doing this since she started speaking, and her language is, as is her pattern, in the form of questions.
The rules usually pertain to danger, and always occur (to the listener) out of context.
One example, from a few days ago:
“Are cows dangerous? Well they are bigger than me, they have a strong kick. So stay away from cows, right?”
“Never eat anything bigger than you, right? It could be dangerous.”
Personally, I find it very cute, but I know that she has to learn other ways of starting and holding conversations. (She did some work on this difficulty over the summer.)