Romance & Autism
Romance comes with many exciting moments and navigating the dating game can be challenging for anyone. But there are additional complexities experienced by people with ASD that make dating and relationship building even more overwhelming. We have compiled some tips that may be helpful to you as you navigate romantic relationships.
Articles and Resources
Autism & Dating-Practical Tips for Parents: https://autismspectrumnews.org/autism-and-dating-practical-tips-for-parents/
Dating During a Pandemic: https://paautism.org/resource/dating-pandemic/
Dating and Relationships (Autism Launchpad): http://www.autismlaunchpad.org.au/social/romance-and-dating/
Dating and Relationships (ARC AutismNow): https://autismnow.org/at-home/relationships/dating-and-relationships/
Dating on the Autism Spectrum-Notes for Neurotypical Partners: https://opendoorstherapy.com/dating-on-the-autism-spectrum-notes-for-neurotypical-partners/#:~:text=Romantic%20relationships%20can%20be%20difficult,autism%20crave%20intimacy%20and%20love.
Hiki: Hiki is a friendship and dating app for the Autistic community. It is a place to feel safe, find friendship or love, and most importantly, to be yourself. (iOS and Android) https://www.hikiapp.com/
Printable Guide to Romantic Relationships: https://pathfindersforautism.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Romantic-Relationships.pdf
Respectful Romantic Relationships for Autistic Teens: https://raisingchildren.net.au/teens/communicating-relationships/romantic-relationships/respectful-relationships-for-teens
Romance 101-Dating for Adults with ASD: https://www.carautismroadmap.org/romance-101-dating-for-adults-with-asd/
Romantic Relationships and Feelings for Autistic Teens: https://raisingchildren.net.au/autism/development/sexual-development/romantic-relationships-feelings-autistic-teenagers
15 Tips for a Successful Date (ASDNext): https://asdnext.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Dating-Resources.15TipsForSuccessfulDate-min.pdf
Healthy vs Unhealthy Relationships Social Story: https://paautism.org/resource/be-safe-healthy-vs-unhealthy-relationships-social-story/
How to Ask Someone on a Date (ASDNext): https://asdnext.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Dating-Resources.HowToAskSomeoneOnADate-min.pdf
How to Tell if a Girl is Flirting with You: https://www.wikihow.com/Tell-if-a-Girl-Is-Flirting-With-You
Online Dating (ASDNext): https://asdnext.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Dating-Resources.OnlineDating-min.pdf
Romantic Relationships Social Story: https://paautism.org/resource/relationships-social-story/
Verbal and Non-Verbal Conversation Cues: https://paautism.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Verbal-and-nonverbal-cues-draft.pdf
Accepting Rejection (UCLA PEERS Group): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sJav7mXiIo&ab_channel=CompanionWebsites
Dating 101 (Organization for Autism Research): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-oZvLnfQm8&ab_channel=OrganizationforAutismResearch
Dating Etiquette (UCLA PEERS Group): https://www.semel.ucla.edu/peers/resources/role-play-videos?page=2
Helping Adults with Autism Understand and Develop Romantic Relationships:https://heelstream.med.unc.edu/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/b3YHf9a6/view
How to Flirt and Get a Date (Autism Talk TV): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIqFrbgBEQY&t=7s&ab_channel=WrongPlanet
Turning Someone Down (UCLA PEERS Group): https://www.semel.ucla.edu/peers/video/turning-someone-down-good-example
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