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Autism and maintaining and strengthening friendships

Autistic people can sometimes struggle in social situations and with making friends.

This animation explores some ways to maintain and strengthen your current friendships; and how to get further support if you are struggling.

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  • It can be difficult for autistic people to socialise.
  • Remind yourself that just because someone doesn’t share your interests it doesn’t mean they don’t like you.
  • Your friends might want to talk about other things. Try and show interest in what other people say, listen and ask questions.
  • It can be hard to make new friends. If you say the wrong thing and upset somebody, try and apologise for making them upset and move on.
  • Asking others what they’re interested in is a good way to get to know them.
  • Not everyone will share your interests but that’s ok, try not to overthink or worry if someone disagrees with you.

How to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively, you can always contact your school nurse.

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