Online Resources & Real-Life Events: Social Skills and Adults

social skills for adultsIf you had trouble making friends as a child and think that your autism held you back, that doesn’t mean it will always be that way. Even if you are an adult, you can still learn how to make friends and improve your social skills. People with autism, cerebral palsy, and other developmental challenges can use All Friends Network (AFN) to meet new people and make friends. We are planning live events and releasing an interactive Live-LINK social app. At the same time, we are creating online resources to help members learn a wide range of skills that will help them make and keep friends, become more independent, and benefit from these life-changing experiences. Our goal is to help people with developmental challenges of all ages make friends that will last a lifetime, with a focus on helping young adults.

Improve Your Social Skills

People with autism and other developmental problems often have trouble getting things done because they are anxious. Okay, so sometimes we all get scared or worried about meeting new people. But for some of us, it can stop us in our tracks. Some people find it hard to make friends, so it can be helpful to work on your social skills, boost your confidence, and get used to talking to new people. Research has shown that there is a clear link between friendship and sadness. People can talk about their feelings and work through small problems that could become bigger ones when they have friends who share important interests with them. Making friends with autism is fun and helpful in many ways, so you should go out and learn more about it.

Teenagers and young adults have it a lot worse than kids their age. While at school, the park, or a social event, it can be easier for kids to just talk and play with the kid who is sat next to them. We adults feel even more weird than kids do because we are more aware of how different we are. This can make us more anxious around other people and make us feel even more vulnerable. It’s not that easy to just forget about it or not worry about it, even if someone tells you that. No matter what level of autism you are on, it can be hard to make friends with someone who has autism. Just like you, All Friends Network was created so that people like you could have access to online conversations, tools, and events where they could learn new skills and practice them with others who may share your worries and concerns.

Safe Options for Young Adults Making Friends

Another thing that worries a lot of people is where they can go to feel safe and make friends without worrying about being picked on or turned down. People often find it very scary to go out into the world and deal with other people. Being alone is already a lot worse when you stay at home, play video games, and watch TV. You don’t have to be on the range to be in this dangerous place. AFN is like a group for autistic people to make friends. You can meet people with similar situations and backgrounds. Within every group, there will be at least one social butterfly. While that may seem scary, it can be helpful to learn from these people who don’t seem to mind meeting new people.

Some of the worries people have when they feel open to making friends are shared by everyone who is thrown into a new situation. Putting yourself out there may be risky, but the benefit of making a friend can make up for it. The emotional exposure and worries about being turned down or not being able to explain yourself well can be too much to handle. Getting better at social skills is more than just knowing how to introduce yourself and ask questions in a way that helps people become friends. You can also get more courageous over time by using the new skills you’ve learned on other people, either in a Live-LINK chat or at an All Friends Network event. There are two ways to get in touch with our team: by calling 941-587-7172 or filling out our online form, you can talk to one of our friendly staff members.