Hi, I’m Craig Kendall, the author of The Asperger’s Syndrome Survival Guide. In today’s issue we will discuss…
Asperger’s Syndrome / High Functioning Autism
Social Skills and Making Friends
PBS Tackles Happiness In ‘This Emotional Life’
Unfortunately, many of those on the autism spectrum have difficulty developing nurturing long-term relationships. They have poor social and communication skills which often cause people with autism to become isolated and result in few friends.
Daniel Gilbert hosts a PBS series “This Emotional Life”. This program examines the biological and social science behind human emotion and social interactions. Gilbert tells Madeleine Brand that scientists found that interpersonal relationships are especially important in developing and sustaining human happiness.
In the clip here, 29-year old Jason Ross who has Asperger’s syndrome (also known as high functioning autism) is profiled. The entire three-night, 6-hour series is worthwhile seeing in its entirety. But at least you can see the segment here on Asperger’s where Jason struggles to develop and maintain friendships due to his inability to fully understand others intentions and manner of communication.
For immediate information on helping improve social skills and developing long-term nurturing relationships, see these two books which are oriented toward teens and adults, the Asperger’s Syndrome Guide for Teens and Young Adults and Thriving in Adulthood with Asperger’s Syndrome.