One of the most difficult times in the life of those who have autism of Asperger’s syndrome is the part where they move on to adulthood. This is because they will undergo many changes which are so much different from the times that they are going through going to school, going through biological changes, and changes in their environment. This is because for most people, adulthood starts as soon as they get out of high school.
One of the biggest struggles of those who have autism is coping with socialization. It is known that socialization is important in order for an individual to develop into a fully functional person. This maybe a very challenging step for the young adult who has autism or asperger’s but if they get over this stage, it will get them a long way. It can even help them help them manage their autism more effectively.
One of the hardest things for people with autism is making friends. This is common to all of those who have autism as there are individuals with autism who feel overly insecure about talking to other people because of their condition. But making friends is still possible, as long as the person can determine who can be a true friend. The best kinds of friends to approach are the ones who will make the person feel welcome and will make the time to talk to the person with autism all the time in order for them to feel secure and comfortable. A great person to befriend will treat the person no differently from the other person around him or her.
Once the person is up to making friends, the only thing that he or she should learn is how to improve the social skills. Improving the social skills of those who have autism always starts with learning how to start a conversation. It is a good practice to engage in small talk, such as saying hello, or hi, or greeting someone a good morning. This will help you start a conversation with someone. You can also try saying: “How are you?”, “What’s up?” and “It’s nice to see you.” If you are still anxious about having lengthy conversations, then you can try engaging in small talk every now and then until you reach a point where you feel confident about approaching people using small talks.
For those individuals who are going through autism, it is difficult to find things to talk about when they are already in the conversation. The best thing to talk about when an individual with autism is in a conversation is topics that cover the weather, latest news, and the setting that they are in. It is best to avoid talking about money, political beliefs and religion as this may invite opportunities for arguments. The conversation can be ended by politely telling the other person that you have to get on your way, or saying that you don’t want to keep them from what they are doing.
One of the most liberating things that will help the individual who have autism is going upfront about having autism. One can do this by merely mentioning that he or she has autism, on the first conversation. This will help the individual get rid of the self consciousness as he or she is showing that he or she is embracing the fact that he has autism and is willing to socialize despite of having it. Being honest about having autism can be positive in so many ways. The other person can serve as someone who can tell the person with autism about how well they behave in social situations, and can give those hints on how to handle the social situations as well. This can be very helpful in improving the social skills of the person with autism too.
Improving social skills of the person with autism can be challenging, but it is possible!