The Milestone of the First Girlfriend
For many young men diagnosed with ASD, having a girlfriend is an important indicator that he is closer to becoming an adult. For most guys a first girlfriend is a milestone, like being able to walk to school alone, shave, take the bus or train by yourself, or getting a driver’s license. For some boys there is passion and sexual feelings - emotions and experiences that are new and exciting. Some boys diagnosed with ASD may experience the sexual urges as well, but the romantic and passionate feelings are usually not a recognized part of their experience.