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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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How to communicate with autistic people, support communication development, and find available support systems.

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Autistic children may face communication and social interaction challenges. Find resources and get ideas for how to help.

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Tips for parents, autistic adolescents and adults on communication, social skills, social isolation and sex education.

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Social isolation and social interaction

Help for autistic people experiencing social isolation and information for adults about making friends and socialising.

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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: 16/03/2018 12:35:48