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Friendship and sociality in autism services

By: Long, Joseph.
Contributor(s): Brown, Jacqueline | Daly, Scott | Gibson, Katie | McNeillis, Chloe.
Series: Good Autism Practice 19 (1) May 2018: 22-31. 2018Subject(s): Scottish Autism | AUTISM | ADULTS | FRIENDSHIPS | SUPPORT STAFF | SCOTLANDOnline resources: Click to read article online IHC Library Members Summary: explores the notion of friendship for autistic people supported by staff working within a range of services set up by Scottish Autism. The findings suggest that autistic people may define friendship differently from typical people and that they enjoy activities where they can choose to interact with others or take time out and be alone. Some view the staff as their main (or only) friend. The latter raises important questions, rarely explored, relating to friendships between staff and those they support.
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explores the notion of friendship for autistic people supported by staff working within a range of services set up by Scottish Autism. The findings suggest that autistic people may define friendship differently from typical people and that they enjoy activities where they can choose to interact with others or take time out and be alone. Some view the staff as their main (or only) friend. The latter raises important questions, rarely explored, relating to friendships between staff and those they support.

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