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 autistic learners due to the nature of the differences they experience relating to social interaction and communication. When supporting children and young people with a current interest in forming and maintaining peer friendships in school, Social Thinking resources may be of interest.