Friendship is important for all of us. But for kids and young adults with ASD, making friends can be challenging. Autism often interferes with their ability to engage socially and sustain relationships with others. That ability can improve through socially significant interaction. Friendship Matters! provides an avenue for making friends through community-based, indoor and outdoor recreational activities supported by professionals with experience in social communication. Through activities such as visiting teen centers, shopping malls, and parks; racing go-karts; seeing movies; and going to restaurants — all under the guidance of dynamic social skills coaches — participants can improve their social skills, develop lasting friendships, and enjoy a crucial sense of normalcy.

  • The young adult group (full)[Ages 18-21] meets every Thursday (except holidays) from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • The adolescents group [Ages 13-17] (accepting applications) meets every Wednesday (except holidays) at the WAAA office from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Both groups require preregistration and admission to the program prior to attendance and are open to WAAA members.

To register

Provide a list of your child’s unique likes and dislikes as well as strengths so we can place the participant with peers who share similar interests and levels of social proficiency.

Participants also typically need a current neuropsychological evaluation, speech evaluation, ongoing social communication intervention, and therapeutic supports.

Download the application and return the completed application to Info@washingtonautismadvocacy.org.

To volunteer

We encourage both adult and peer volunteers. Please fill out a WAAA Volunteer Application. Or for more information on volunteering, please send an email to: info@washingtonautismadvocacy.org

Note: All volunteers, parents, and/or caregivers who plan to accompany youth and adolescents to Friendship Matters! are required to complete a background check.

2 thoughts on “Friendship Matters!

  1. My 12yo daughter needs and wants this group, but attendance would depend on location and time. Downtown Seattle or Queen Anne, no earlier than 6pm on a weekday, would work. Better is a weekend morning,

  2. (We could make 5:30-7 Thursday if at Queen Anne or Magnolia. Magnolia Library would be a great location for this group!)

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