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Life skills, friendships, and beyond.

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Independence

Independence

Negotiating friendships and relationships can be tricky territory for children and young people with autism. In this section we'll share tips and advice from parents and from young people to help you support your child to take their first steps towards independence.

Independence

Negotiating friendships and relationships can be tricky territory for children and young people with autism. In this section we'll share tips and advice from parents and from young people to help you support your child to take their first steps towards independence.

Encouraging independence
Helping your child take those first steps to independence.

Making friends
The benefits of friendships for your child are many. From having someone to share interests and spend time with to the increased independence, self-confidence and self-esteem a social life provides.

Life skills
Setting your child up for success.

Using public transport
Helping your child get to grips with getting around.

Romantic relationships
As your child turns into a teenager, there's a good chance they'll start to show an interest in finding a boyfriend or girlfriend. There’s plenty you can do to support them in this area.

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