Everyone needs friends! It may take some extra support for autistic children to develop the skills for making friends, and extra support and conversation for others to develop the skills to be a friend to someone who’s autistic. Here are some ideas to help:

  • Be inclusive. It may be that someone wants to play, but doesn’t know how to ask. Find something everyone likes and use specific language (“Here are some blocks to stack with us.”).
  • Keep trying. It may take a few tries. If your new friend needs some space, try again at another time.
  • Patience helps. An autistic person may take a little longer to respond, or may need something repeated—and may have different ways of communicating.