It's a paradox: One defining characteristic of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is social impairment. Yet most kids with ASD need and want friends, and they have a lot to offer their "neurotypical" peers, says Christina Adams, author of A Real Boy: A True Story of Autism, Early Intervention, and Recovery. How to bridge the divide? Adams and other parents of autistic children offer a few suggestions to keep in mind as you and your children interact with autistic kids:
Originally published in the November 2005 issue of Child magazine.