Developing and managing other relationships
Most individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience difficulties with social communication and interaction. Developing and managing relationships outside of those with parents and caregivers can be challenging. In some instances, social challenges can result in individuals with ASD becoming targets for teasing or bullying. The following resources are intended to provide guidance and information on a range of issues related to social involvement, from developing social skills to making friends and navigating the world of dating.
Developing social skills
- The United Kingdom's National Autistic Society offers comprehensive information on social skills for young children, teens and adults.
- Autism Internet Modules are free online training tools for parents, caregivers and educators of children with autism. Social skills modules are available under the "Autism in the Community" heading. (The website, from the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, requires registration and login to use.)
- Texas' Education Service Center Region XIII offers a free online course, "Navigating the Social Maze," that provides strategies to develop social skills.
Dating and marriage
Dealing with bullying
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Updated: April 18, 2013