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Romance 101: Dating for Adults with ASD

When you ask a girl on a date, make it specific. If you wish, you can then wait a few days and ask her out again to a different event. One of the biggest mistakes guys make is talking too much about themselves or their interests. This is a special challenge for guys with Asperger Syndrome. When you talk with a girl, make your point and then give her a chance to respond. If she changes the subject, try and talk about the new subject for a while. Assume that a girl cares as much about her interests as you do yours and her opinions are just as valid.

She is not less or more, she is different — in some interesting ways. People often talk about things to help them think them through, or just to have another person sympathize. Pointing out what you see as a simple solution to her problem is not likely to earn you admiration for being smart. Girl-world has a lot of icebergs.

Consider joining a support group for teens or adults on the spectrum. These are often safe havens in which to discuss feelings, fears, and practice valuable social skills to use in the real world of dating and relationships. No one will ever be perfect at it, but practicing social skills and learning the hidden curriculum are good places to start.

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You can find further information here. If you are feeling like things are never going to come together for you, remember dating is tricky for everyone but there is hope! Have a look at this video about a young couple with autism and how they manage their life together:. Living and Loving with Autism: Like many parents, the writers of this website tend to curl up and die when it comes to thinking about our sons starting to have relationships with the opposite sex. As parents we worry about all sorts of issues: Might they misunderstand the rules around dating and especially around sex and inadvertently get themselves into trouble, even with the law?

Parents can support their sons and daughters by brainstorming with them on places to meet potential boyfriends and girlfriends and then on practising the many skills needed to form and maintain romantic relationships.

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We have also listed some videos in the young people section which give simple advice on flirting, dating and even kissing. If your son or daughter is receptive, it might be a good idea to watch these together and discuss them. For those living in Sydney, Aspect is running a workshop on dating in Burwood on the 9th and 16th May. Click here for more information. This is a book and a sex educational programme on all aspects of sexuality, dating and forming sexual relationships for people on the spectrum.

Believe it or not, WikiHow also has some interesting pages on flirting , kissing and getting a date. These step by step pages can be just what our sons or daughters need. If you are feeling like things are never going to come together for your son or daughter, remember dating is tricky for everyone but there is hope!

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If your son or daughter learns best with simple explanations and visual supports you might find the handout on friendships and dating from Shine SA helpful. You can d ownload it here.

Dating Tips for Aspies

Young people Parents Dating and relationships Relationships with other people can be one of the trickiest things for all young people to contend with, and none are more tricky than romantic relationships. Jack called up and said he was about to get a diagnosis on having autism. He was really nervous about his results, but Ruby said he shouldn't be worried.

Try to Download directly 1. Romana said relationships can work, but there does need to be a lot of education around what the autism spectrum is and how it affects a relationship. Whereas the two people on the spectrum would get each other. For more information on autism you can visit Autism Spectrum Australia. All Programs People Schedule. Dating on the autism spectrum By James Findlay. Thursday 13 July 1: Share Facebook Twitter Mail Whatsapp.