A central theme in autism is the lack of social interaction between autistic people and neurotypical people because neurotypical people think autistic people only want to be friends with other autistic persons, but this isn't true, and you can support a friend with autism by helping them make friends.
It's usual to see autistic people sitting by themselves in a social gathering and avoiding the central places of conversation, which may lead people to see them as intentionally avoiding conversation and not realizing that they are trying to adjust to the loud noises and many conversing voices.
As a friend to an autistic person, when you see them trying to adjust to a social situation, try to involve them in a one-on-one conversation that will help them adapt faster and prevent them from looking weird to others.
Afterward, be sure to introduce them to other people one at a time, allowing your friend to immerse themselves into knowing one person before moving to another; helping them get social in little steps can be a game-changer for their social relationships and help them gain more self-confidence.
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