I found this nice write up on the Autism Speaks website (I know that there is a lot of controversy around this site but there is a lot of great information there too!)
want to be included and may not know how to ask. Be specific about what
you want him to do.
> Find Common Interests - It will be much easier to talk about or share
something you both like to do (movies, sports, music, books, TV shows, etc.).
> Be Persistent and Patient - Remember that your friend with autism may take
more time to respond than other people. It doesn’t necessarily mean he or
she isn’t interested.
> Communicate Clearly - Speak at a reasonable speed and volume. It might
be helpful to use short sentences. Use gestures, pictures, and facial
expressions to help communicate. Speak literally – do not use confusing
figures of speech (He may truthfully tell you, “the sky” if you ask “What’s up?”)
> Stand Up For Him or Her - If you see someone teasing or bullying a friend
with autism, take a stand and tell the person that it’s not cool.
> Remember Sensory Sensitivity - Your friend may be very uncomfortable in
certain situations or places (crowds, noisy areas, etc.). Ask if he or she is
OK. Sometimes your friend may need a break.
> Give Feedback - If your friend with autism is doing something inappropriate,
it’s OK to tell him nicely. Just be sure to also tell him what the right thing to
do is because he may not know.
> Don’t Be Afraid - Your friend is just a kid like you who needs a little help.
Accept his or her differences and respect strengths just as you would for any
Adapted, Peter Faustino
Sometimes my Friend James Makes me HAPPY
I like James and sometimes he makes me happy
because of something he says or does.
Let me tell you about what makes me happy.