When social cues are missed, your teen’s “dates” may feel that their messages or feelings aren’t being heard or validated Considering what to consider Dating also involves finding a good “match.” However, many teens with autism fail to stop and consider who might be their “good match” before jumping into a relationship. Of course, you and your teen may disagree about who makes a good match!
Some important questions come up around dating, and each family approaches them differently. If your teen hasn’t already brought up the topic, look for a time when he or she is in a good mood and mention your willingness to talk about dating and sexuality when your teen is ready. Discuss possible reasons that someone might not be interested in dating.
Mention how everyone likes to have someone show genuine interest. Together, brainstorm possible topics of conversations. If your teen made the invitation, encourage him or her to pay.
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Guest post by psychologist Lindsey Sterling, Ph D, and doctoral student Siena Whitham - autism researchers and therapists with UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.
During a now-completed We’re so glad to address this question, given how many teens and parents express interest.
It helps to remember that most teens learn the social rules of dating while socializing with their friends.
Many teens with autism simply don’t have as many social opportunities for learning these rules.
Of course, dating tends to be an exciting but challenging part of any teen’s life.