The 9 Best Ways to Be a Good Friend to Someone With Autism

Have you ever struggled to communicate with someone on the spectrum? Wondered how to teach neurotypical kids what to do when a child with autism flaps their hands, does vocal stimming, displays alarming frankness, or just seems to “act weird”?

In this helpful tip sheet, Chelsea Budde, founder of autism awareness organization Good Friend, Inc., shares her take on 9 simple things just about everyone on the spectrum wants you to know about where they’re coming from and what they need. You’ll get an eye-opening perspective on:

  • Why people stim and do unusual things.
  • What the autism shield is.
  • What it’s like to live with sensory dysregulation.
  • What makes people with autism feel uncomfortable—and what makes them feel safe.
  • How to help someone be the best them they can be.

If you need effective strategies for working with kids on the spectrum or helping people of all abilities respect each other for who they are, grab these tips and put them to use right away!

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