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Socialising and communicating can be challenging for many autistic people. Many really do want to make friends and form relationships but find it hard.

There may be difficulty reading social cues and knowing when to speak or listen, and facial expressions can be impossible to read resulting in social isolation.

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Everything you need to know

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Communicating, interacting

How to communicate with autistic people, developing their communication skills, and available support systems.


Quick tips for parents

Tips for overcoming some of the difficulties you may experience when communicating with your child.
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Social skills

Practical guides to help develop social skills and confidence for children and for adults on the autism spectrum.
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Social isolation

Help for autistic people experiencing social isolation and how family, friends and carers can help.

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Sex education

How to talk about puberty, sex, sexuality and relationships, with links to useful resources.

Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104
Last updated: 05/05/2016 10:01:10