It is extremely easy to lie about who you are in an online profile.
Guest post by psychologist Lindsey Sterling, Ph D, and doctoral student Siena Whitham - autism researchers and therapists with UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.During a now-completed We’re so glad to address this question, given how many teens and parents express interest.When social cues are missed, your teen’s “dates” may feel that their messages or feelings aren’t being heard or validated Considering what to consider Dating also involves finding a good “match.” However, many teens with autism fail to stop and consider who might be their “good match” before jumping into a relationship. Of course, you and your teen may disagree about who makes a good match!Some important questions come up around dating, and each family approaches them differently. If your teen hasn’t already brought up the topic, look for a time when he or she is in a good mood and mention your willingness to talk about dating and sexuality when your teen is ready. Discuss possible reasons that someone might not be interested in dating.Reading and sending signals Also remember that the social signals involved in dating and flirting can be complex, inconsistent and subtle.
Interpreting them presents a challenge for most everyone.Ten tips With these challenges in mind, we’ve compiled some tips for helping your teen approach dating and intimacy. How you apply them should depend on the age and experience of your teen. For example, gently but clearly make sure your teen understands how pregnancy occurs, how sexually transmitted diseases spread and how to take preventive steps. Make sure your teen knows when and where the date will take place and how the couple will get to and from the location? Would your teen like to hug or kiss at the end of the date? Discuss that this may include politely asking for a hug or kiss, if it’s not clear that the date is interested. For example, holding hands or walking arm in arm is less intimate than kissing.If sexual activity has already occurred, we recommend consulting with your teen’s doctor about related health issues. If your teen is open to role-playing, try running through some classic dating scenarios. Encourage your teen to role play how to say this politely. Kissing is less intimate than certain other types of touching, etc.If another user or an outside individual, like a parent or teacher, complains about a profile only then do the site administrators bother to look at it.And while complaints are taken seriously, especially those made by parents, most profiles go unmonitored making these types of websites a prime target for Internet predators.It can be particularly difficult when autism interferes with the ability to read and respond to social signals.