For your teenage child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), there are lots of upsides to having healthy relationships with peers.They can boost your child’s self-esteem and sense of belonging.This means she might be less interested in the social and emotional side of friendships than typically developing teenagers.Her friendships might be based more on shared interests than feelings.They might have fewer friends than peers, but they can still form good friendships and share common interests.Your child’s friendships are likely to follow her developmental stage, rather than her age in years.
Video-modelling You can buy ready-made videos to help your child learn social skills, but making your own is also an option.
For example, you might record two of your friends having a scripted conversation that shows how to start a conversation and what to say.
Or you could video your child taking turns, so that she can watch herself modelling the behaviour.
You could also try something related to friendships, like asking a classmate to get together at the weekend.
You can ask your child what skills and situations he’d like to practise.