Newsletters
Friendship and Autism

The social deficits that accompany autism often lead people to believe that individuals with ASDs – even children – do not desire friendship like their neurotypical peers. Even though these individuals have may have difficulty communicating their feelings, they typically desire the same close and personal relationships that their peers experience. These differences in communication and social habits should not be equated with antisocial tendencies; in fact, individuals with ASDs have a wealth of love and insight to bring to a friendship, and should be encouraged to do so.

If you or your child has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, and would like support in developing and maintaining positive social skills, we at Courage To Connect are here to help. Please feel free to call our Glenview-based office at (847) 730-3042 to set up an appointment with one of our therapists.

Dr. Michael Clatch, Psy. D
Posted in: Autism
Recent Newsletters View All

Given the magnitude of teen suicide in the United States, and its devastating effects, it is important to consider the precipitating events that can lead an adolescent or young adult to consider suicide. Clearly, biological changes resulting as a consequence of puberty can contribute to the confusion and emotional upheaval experienced by many teens during […]