by Inna Selipanov
It comes as no surprise to anyone that children with autism are much less social than other kids. This is one of the main symptoms of autism. Do not let that fool you, however, into thinking that people with autism want to spend more time alone. A lack in recognizing social cues does not, in this case, equal a total lack of interest in social interaction. It may be, and most likely is, more difficult for autistic kids to make friends, but the quality of their interactions with other people is what makes a difference.
If you have a child or a family member with autism, do not presume that the said person likes to spend more time on his own than other children his age. Instead, try to understand the social difficulties he has in forming bonds with people (including primary caregivers), and help him to make friends. Also understand yourself that what may seem like an interest in spending time alone may be a misread social cue, sent out by a child who struggles with sociability. Look for different kinds of cues to read your child better and ensure quality relationships are formed.