Peer relationships and social interaction in secondary school for students with an ASD “David has finally made some friends at school because he took in his football book. He has kept the scores of all the games he has been to for the past six years and knows a lot about football rules and players. When the other boys who go for his team found out, they wanted to talk to him about football and they have started to go the football on the weekend with him. It’s fantastic for David.” David’s Mum
Does this sound familiar to you? Do you have a teenage son or daughter or is there a student at your school who behaves like this?
The core features of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) don’t go away but may look different as kids get older. To really help them you need to be familiar with how their ASD is affecting them now each and every day at home, school and when they are out and about socially.
The following fact sheet Peer relationships and social interaction in secondary school for students with an ASDgives information about ASD and answers questions such as:
- What happens to a person’s sense of self (Who am I?) during adolescence?
- How do teenagers at school usually socialise and make friends?
- How do students with an ASD get on making friends and socialising at school?
- Why do some students with an ASD have difficulty with social interactions at school?
- How we can help students with an ASD manage socially at school?
- What else can I read to find out more?
Peer relationships and social interaction in secondary school for students with an ASD