Making Friends

Planning a family vacation with Autism – 10 tips for success

By on November 2, 2018

image for traveling with autism photo-1530521954074-e64f6810b32d Going on vacation is is supposed to be relaxing but it can often turn out to be the opposite for those on the spectrum if we don’t plan it right. And for parents of autistics, that stress can spread to the whole family. When I was a kid, my parents made a lot of efforts […]

Autism Talk TV 23 – How to Join a Social Circle & Make Friends in a Group

By on December 10, 2012

In the second installment of Autism Talk TV's social skills series filmed at the UCLA PEERS center, Alex learns how to approach a group, find something common to talk about, and be accepted into a group. Hopefully this will show you guys how social skills are actually very easy once you know the language.

Making friends can seem hard but these tips will help you succeed. There are a lot of variations in body language that you can easily...

Making Friends and Influencing NTs. . . An interview with Liz Laugeson

By on August 26, 2011

I sat down with Liz Laugeson of UCLA's PEERS program to talk about how to make friends. Making friends can be hard for individuals with Autism / Asperger's because we have a hard time figuring out social cues.

A lot of the social skills training I've run across focus on concrete skills like introducing yourself. These skills are great in theory but autistics like myself often struggle with figuring out what actually works in practice. ...

Dear Aspie: Can Aspies Make Friends and Have Dates?

By on May 31, 2006

Dear Aspie:
“I am in my 20s and I have problems with friendships and relationships. I've been told by exs that I'm not capable of having a relationship and I think they're right. I don't know if I can love - I don't love anyone I know and I tend to care about my cuddly toys and computer equipment more than people. I try to be a good person, and do the things you're supposed to do in NT-land, and be nice and friendly to people, but it's just...

Dear Aspie: How Do I Keep Small Talk Going?

By on March 20, 2006

Dear Aspie:
?I?ve read your articles on small talk, but I can?t seem to make it keep going. It always seems to die out after a little while, even though I want to make it work. What am I doing wrong!??


Read on for GroovyDruid's response!

Dear Aspie: Are Pretty Aspies More Socially Accepted?

By on February 23, 2006

Dear Aspie:
?Are NTs [Neurologically Typical poeple] more likely to accept an aspie if he or she is "fit": i.e., good looking, good dress sense, six-pack, big breasts, etc??


Read on for GroovyDruid's response!

Friends-some advice.

By on July 24, 2004

One of the best ways of making friends is humor. I’ve read that most aspies have a poker face, which is good sometimes but not so good other times. When you are stone faced and solemn, you tend to intimidate people.

Typically I have found that if you can laugh and ‘cut up’ you’ll get better results in breaking the ice then if you speak formally and stiffly, in most situations. Other times if you note the quietness of the area around...