How to be a good friend to an Autistic person

Abby Sesterka, Erin Bulluss

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You’ve probably seen a film or television show where an Autistic person is portrayed as a loner. And, while media representations aren’t always realistic, perhaps you have met someone like this in real life: they might be a colleague who avoids office social functions, a student who regularly eats lunch in the library, or an acquaintance who usually declines invitations to parties. Often non-autistic people mistake this choice to opt out of certain social situations for a disinterest in social connection, or even take it as a personal rejection. This can make it hard to know when, how or whether to approach the person, which can limit opportunities to connect and develop a meaningful friendship.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
Specialist publicationPsyche
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2021


  • Autistic
  • Openness
  • Empathy


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