The desire to connect with another person and build a satisfying relationship exists in everyone. It is common and natural for people with autism and other developmental disabilities to seek companionship; however, they often experience problems due to difficulties communicating with others and recognizing non-verbal cues. It is important to keep in mind that with support, people with disabilities are able to overcome challenges associated with dating and develop successful relationships. Dating allows two people to get to know each other better; however, it can be a confusing process to navigate. If you are interested in someone, how do you act on those feelings?
High functioning autism: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
Asperger's syndrome no longer exists as a discrete diagnosis. Today, people with the symptoms of Asperger's receive an autism spectrum diagnosis assuming they choose to seek a diagnosis at all. Level 1 autism spectrum disorder or "high-functioning autism" are often used instead of Asperger's. It can be difficult to manage marriage to a person who has a hard time with social skills, interpersonal communication, empathetic understanding, or flexibility of thought. Robert Naseef and his colleague Cindy Ariel are experts in counseling families with autistic members. They offer specific insights and advice to partners living with high-functioning autism.
A new dating app is aimed at the 70 million people who identify as being on the autistic spectrum. Launched on Tuesday, Hiki pronounced "hee-KEY" takes its name from the Hawaiian word for "able" and is the brainchild of year-old developer Jamil Karriem. Karriem's cousin lives with autism spectrum disorder ASD and told him he was lonely and afraid he wouldn't be able to find a romantic partner.
The majority of high-functioning adults with autism spectrum disorder ASD have had or are interested in romantic relationships, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. Adults with ASD without intellectual impairments often struggle to understand and take part in romantic relationships. This is because ASD individuals have difficulties interpreting body language, eye contact and facial expressions which can make social situations challenging. Little experience of friendship, difficulty making decisions, emotional disturbances and lack of flexibility also hamper an individual with ASD from forming romantic relationships. Previous research has found that ASD individuals fall behind their peers in areas such as employment and relationships.