Many people with Autism can struggle with the complexities of Social Interaction. Generally, Autistic people do want to have relationships and making connections with others, but can find navigating the social rules and boundaries difficult. This may include:
- Difficulties with social skills such as taking turns, eye contact and personal space.
- Difficulty 'reading' other people's body language and responding appropriately to this, eg. when to finish a conversation.
- Finding it difficult to engage in small talk or maintain a conversation in a relevant way.
- Difficulty understanding other poeple's perspectives and points of view.
Although an individual may struggle with elements of social interaction, these skills can be taught using a structured approach and with resources such as social stories.