Friends and Social Relationships

Autistic people overwhelmingly report that they want friends. And they have shown that they can and do form friendships with both neurotypical and autistic peers, even if their interactions sometimes look different from those among neurotypical people.  

This reframed view of friendship aims to acknowledge and encourage a better understanding of the social lives of autistic people. It recognizes the challenges autistic people face in creating close relationships, including difficulties in processing social information and dealing with conflict.  Spectrum News (April 1, 2020) 



Article-How People with Autism Forge Friendships (Spectrum News):,from%20those%20among%20neurotypical%20people. 

 Making Friends: A Guide for Autistic Adults: 

 Helping Kids with Autism Make Friends: 

 Hiki-Friendship & Dating Mobile App for the Autistic Community: Hiki — meaning “able” in Hawaiian — is a friendship and dating mobile app for the Autistic community. It is a space where neurodiversity is embraced and being atypical is celebrated. Every part of Hiki, from ideation to design to launch, has been built with Autistic adults to make sure that it is representative of Neurodivergent needs. (For iOS and Android) 

Making and Keeping Friends-A 5 Step Model for Social Skills Instruction: 

 Autism Toolbox-Friendships: 

 Circle of Friends (brief explanation): 

 Compliments Worksheet: 

 Conversation Box activity: 

 Wrong Planet-Wrong Planet is the web community designed for individuals (and parents / professionals of those) with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences. We provide a discussion forum, where members communicate with each other, an article section, with exclusive articles and how-to guides, a blogging feature, and more. 

 Social Relationships (Autism Society): 

Making Authentic Friendships App for iOS and Android: Responsive web based app that helps individuals with special needs (13+) find friends at home or on the go , based off of their geolocation, diagnosis, age, and interests- 



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