Autism dating and socialization
Like any other teen, your son wants to develop those special friendships and be a part of the crowd. Unfortunately, this skill area causes problems for people with Aspergers.The socialization struggles brought about by Aspergers calls for some advanced planning. Dating calls for the ability to notice social cues, body language, and gestures.
However, there is remarkably little research examining this aspect of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) or strategies to facilitate successful relationships.
All of these diagnostic characteristics will affect relationship skills throughout childhood, and will eventually limit an adult’s ability to achieve a long-term successful relationship.
To achieve a successful relationship, a person also needs to understand and respect him- or herself.
With a bit of organization, some social skills practice, and possibly some therapy, your son can begin to overcome some of the weaknesses of Aspergers. With a little practice, he will become comfortable with himself in social situations.
While a young adult with classic autism may appear content with a solitary “monastic” lifestyle, this is often not the case with young adults who have Asperger’s syndrome or high-functioning autism.
Help your son create a schedule for his personal hygiene.