A note for our Aspie’s and autistic readers:

Reciprocation is an important social expectation.  It is expected in conversation when going out and as a response to an act of kindness. For example, if you have spent some time regaling someone with your favorite topic, then they expect to spend some time discussing theirs. If you both like the same things, your friend will want to share their opinions as well as enjoying yours.  If your friend goes with you to your favorite place, then your friend will want you to do something they like. When a person helps you out, they expect kindness in return. In all of these instances you will be expected to tolerate and hopefully enjoy the discussion, and/or activity.  Remember communication is about making connections. By reciprocating and showing that you care about another’s interests you are also showing that you are a wonderful friend.

Rebecca J. Weaver is a Certified Autism Specialist at Independent with Autism, working to empower individuals with ASD. Need help forming and maintaining relationships? Check out IndependentwithAutism.com for more information.