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What can I do to help someone with autism if I meet him at a family party?

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Dr. Kimberly Erway
Psychiatry
11 doctors agree

In brief: Be a friend

Treat an individual with autism with respect and kindness.
Try to be a friend. Be sensitive to: loud noises, bright lights, and touch. Some may not be comfortable being touched, so ask first. The individual may not understand your facial expressions, so try expressing how you feel with your words or in some other way. Some do better with games, cards, or puzzles, offer to play one.

In brief: Be a friend

Treat an individual with autism with respect and kindness.
Try to be a friend. Be sensitive to: loud noises, bright lights, and touch. Some may not be comfortable being touched, so ask first. The individual may not understand your facial expressions, so try expressing how you feel with your words or in some other way. Some do better with games, cards, or puzzles, offer to play one.
Dr. Kimberly Erway
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Dr. Kek-Khee Loo
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
4 doctors agree

In brief: Be reassuring

Give reassurance that you are friendly, non-abrupt and respectful of the person's individuality.
Observe the person's actions and language ability, so that you may better understand his needs. Some may be slower to warm, others may feel agitated or lost in a party setting, and language abilities vary. Pace your approach, voice and speech so your counterpart can sense your warmth and understanding.

In brief: Be reassuring

Give reassurance that you are friendly, non-abrupt and respectful of the person's individuality.
Observe the person's actions and language ability, so that you may better understand his needs. Some may be slower to warm, others may feel agitated or lost in a party setting, and language abilities vary. Pace your approach, voice and speech so your counterpart can sense your warmth and understanding.
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