When searching for a romantic partnership, it can be challenging to find the right person to date. Dating can be confusing because of the variety of skills that are needed. If you are a person diagnosed with autism or a caregiver supporting a loved one with autism, here are a few thoughts and tips to consider as one moves into the world of dating:
- Take some time to think about why you are interested in dating. Do you feel ready to date? What do you know about dating?
- Identify the people and resources that can help guide you as you step into the world of dating.
- It’s important to know the difference between different types of relationships. Talk with people you respect or trust to learn more about healthy relationships.
- Know your boundaries and expectations about dating before you begin. What ways will you keep yourself and others safe while dating? How will you practice for situations when you or the other person is not interested in dating?
- Make a plan for activities you can do while you are dating. What activities do you enjoy that you can share with another person? What activities does the other person enjoy?
- After the date, take some time to think about your dating experience. What went well? What could be done differently next time? Who can you talk to about any questions you have about the date?
This is not an exhaustive list of tips for dating or safety precautions that need to be put in place. If necessary, make a dating plan with a trusted adult to help navigate the world of dating. Resources and supports exist to help with this topic. Below are a few links to get you started: