The Autism Toolbox: Friendships and Relationships

This "Toolbox" brings together advice, local support, services, activities and resources relating to autism. The name toolbox has been chosen to reflect that anyone, with or without an autism diagnosis, parents and professionals can make use of this information which covers various topics. This section is about friendships and relationships.

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Local activities and support


Dating and Relationships

Health and Puberty

Articles, News and Blogs

Video: What is Autism?

Local activities and support 

Autism Friendly Youth Clubs

Autism Support Groups

Parent and Carer Support groups

Relate - Mid Thames and Buckinghamshire

A local charity serving Buckinghamshire (except Milton Keynes) and East Berkshire (Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough). They help all sorts of people in all sorts of situations. They can help you whether you’re in a new relationship, in a long-term relationship, or not currently in a relationship at all and have trained counsellors.

Find out more about Relate



Online Community | National Autistic Society

The Community is a discussion forum for autistic people, their families and other wider network. It allows you to meet online and share your thoughts and experiences. It’s free to join and a great way to share support.

Dating and Relationships  

Online Dating for Young People with Autism

This article by Ambitious about autism features Tom Morgan, who is on the autistic spectrum and appeared on Channel 4’s The Undateables. The article covers Tom's story and tips for Online dating for those with Autism.

Partners of autistic people

A guide by The National Autistic Society (NAS) looking at partners' experiences, diagnosis, counselling and other support and having children with an autistic partner. 


For more information on Girls and ASD, head to the Girls and ASD section of this toolbox.


Health and Puberty

Stages of puberty: what happens to boys and girls (NHS)

NHS advice on how a child's body begins to develop and change as they become an adult. Includes information on what to do if children are worried or confused about any part of puberty.


Articles, News and Blogs 

Romantic relationships for young adults with Asperger's syndrome and high-functioning autism

Dating tips for adults with Asperger’s

Single people with Asperger's get dating help (BBC News)

Autism and Relationships: Sam Goes Dating | Video

Looking for love is never easy – but Sam and Tania may have found their perfect match! With a little nudge from both mothers… they’ve all discovered there’s no rulebook for love.

Dating Advice For People With Asperger Syndrome | Video


Video | What is Autism?

This video gives you information about autism and Asperger's.