Originally posted on https://www.specialbridge.com/make-new-friends-while-living-with-autism/
Autism affects over 3.5 million individuals in the world, many of whom seek the same comforts as everybody else around them. One of the biggest (and most common) of these is meaningful relationships with other people.
When you’re living with autism, making new friends can be a challenge. However, it’s certainly possible.
Read on for our guide on how to make new friends when you’re living with autism.
Making new friends when you’re living with autism can be a challenge at first. If the idea seems overwhelming, you may be overthinking things. After all, individuals with autism make friends in the same ways that everybody else does.
If you’re not sure where to begin, start by taking a look at how friendships are typically formed. Everybody has to make new friends by getting out there and meeting people. Luckily, in today’s modern age, there’s more than one way to do it.
Here are some of the most common ways to meet new people:
As you set out to make new friends, just remember to stay true to yourself and don’t force any situations that make you uncomfortable. You’ll make more friends if you’re relaxed, positive, and at ease.
In many cases, you’ll have to be the first to approach people if you’re looking to make friends. As you meet more and more people, you’ll find that shyness isn’t just an autism thing. In fact, most people have a hard time approaching strangers and striking up a conversation.
Approaching new people is difficult, without a doubt. Especially since we all must face the fear of rejection in some capacity. However, people often give off nonverbal cues that let us know right away whether or not they like us and are interested in carrying the conversation further.
Here are a few things to watch out for when approaching a new person:
As you are making new friends, just keep in mind that it’s not easy for anyone, autism or not. Be patient with yourself and don’t let rejection get you down.
Once you’ve started to make new friends, you should take steps to keep the conversations going. Although this may seem intimidating at first, especially if you’re shy, there are a few things to keep in mind to help things run smoothly.
Here are some hints for keeping a good conversation going:
As you practice more, making good conversation will get easier. Just be sure to look out for how the other person is reacting and, most importantly, don’t interrupt them or abruptly change the subject.
When you’re living with autism and trying to make new friends, you may find yourself faced with some unique challenges. However, you shouldn’t let these discourage you. After all, there are plenty of people out there and some of them are bound to be compatible with you.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you make new friends while living with autism:
Making new friends is difficult for everyone to some degree. When you’re living with autism, it can seem especially challenging at times. The most important thing to remember is not to give up on yourself and stay positive throughout your interactions.
When you make new friends that you share a strong connection with, you may decide to try and enter a more serious relationship with that person. If that’s the case, then remember to take things slowly and be perceptive of that person’s feelings.
Even if you really like a person, you can’t immediately expect a relationship to come from it. The key is to be patient and let the relationship develop naturally. If the situation is right, things will unfold naturally.
Many people struggle with finding ways to make new friends. Although autism may make things more difficult, you are capable and worthy of fulfilling relationships if you desire them. All it takes is a little practice, patience, and perceptiveness.
Check back soon for more tips and tricks to overcoming your anxieties and living a happy, fulfilled life.
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