Throughout our lives we are involved in and develop many different relationships with the multitude of people with whom we are in contact. Some of these will be fleeting and superficial, others may grow into lasting friendships or loving relationships.
The benefits of friendships are many: from having someone to share interests and spend time with to the increased independence, self-confidence and self-esteem a social life provides. Making and maintaining friendships can, however, be difficult for children and young people with autism. This can be for a variety of reasons; from speech and language problems, sensory inhibitors and difficulty reading social cues.
There is, fortunately, a range of supports which can help both autistic learners and families.