Helping Autistic Teens Find Their Place in the Social World

Many teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) struggle with social isolation. Having friends is an important part of growing up. Everyone deserves to have people around them who are nice to them and that share some common interests. However, for teens with ASD this can be extremely difficult.

According to Interactive Autism Network, more than 40 percent of the teens with ASD never saw friends outside of school. Half were never invited to take part in activities. For 54 percent, friends never called.

Your teen may pretend that they’re okay with not hanging out with friends outside of school, but in most cases, this is not the case.

It’s important not to push your teen to do something they don’t want to do. You may try to encourage them to join some extra-curricular activities, but if your teen isn’t interested in them, it will only make him/her more uncomfortable and therefore should be avoided.

As a parent, you can help your child try to find friends with common interests and encourage play dates. Sometimes helping them find the right friend can be frustrating, but it can also become very rewarding and help your teen/millennial feel like they are a normal teen.

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