As children, there are so many organized activities that we participate in that allow us to meet new people our own age and make friendships. From school to church, sports teams, and hobbies, it can be a lot easier to find people who share a common interest when you’re a kid. As adults, these opportunities become fewer and more challenging to find. Friends that we made back in high school go off to college, get married, start families, and get busy with work. It is essential to find group activities for young adults – real-life events that allow you to easily strike up conversations, forge friendships and interact socially with others who share similar interests and goals. Friendship and autism can be a big challenge for some, but when you have the right opportunities and support, it becomes a lot easier to make a new friend.
Where to Go to Meet New People
You might have friends or acquaintances in the people you work with or the neighbors in your community, but for most people, those aren’t real friendships. It is essential to learn where you can go to meet new people that also want to meet new people. Community engagement opportunities, such as local events, including music festivals and food truck gatherings, can be a great excuse to get out in the world. Real life events have a significant power over online meetups, which can lack a certain sort of appeal for most people. Face to face conversations and in-person activities are far superior, especially for those who may have difficulty overcoming issues with friendship and autism, such as reading facial cues, expressing themselves effectively, or understanding others.
One way to achieve this is to find a group that interests you. All Friends Network was designed to be a resource for those who have developmental disabilities, including autism and cerebral palsy, to make friends and participate in group activities for young adults. In addition, there are other local groups that might help to encourage you in making friends and participating in life. Yoga or exercise classes that focus on movements that aren’t too challenging, as well as classes that teach a new skill, can be a great way to meet like-minded people. Supporting a local committee or charity, participating in a book club, or taking a cooking class – these are just some of the ways that you can put yourself out there and learn how to participate more with others.
Overcoming Insecurities: Making Friends as Adults
As we have already established, making friends as an adult is a lot more difficult than making friends as a child. However, it is essential to learn how to overcome your own insecurities and not let them get the best of you in a potential friendship-making experience. Learn how to listen more and talk less, stay engaged in the conversation without totally taking it over, and just get out of your own head. The goal is to learn as much about the other person as possible while sharing just enough about yourself to win them over and make plans for another meetup or gathering.
The experiences that you have in the group activities for young adults that are planned at All Friends Network can help you in other social situations and community engagement opportunities. Building those skills in a safe environment where there are others who share similar issues, concerns, fears, and past experiences with negativity in making friends can help in so many ways. Expand on those skills through the use of social media tools, like our AFN Live-LINK app, which is restricted to members only. Once again, you have the ability to grow your experience in online communications, which can be helpful in learning how to effectively express yourself in person and over the internet – something that everyone struggles with now and again.
Join All Friends Network for Real Life Events
If you want to participate in group activities for young adults and people of all ages with developmental disabilities, consider joining the All Friends Network. Not only is our membership free to join, but we are continually working on new resources, opportunities, and tools for our members to use in their quest to make friends. Friendship and autism, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disabilities do not have to be elusive. Use all of the tools at your disposal to achieve your goals, and contact our team today by calling 941-587-7172 to get started on the path to friendship.