Due to her naivety, the adolescent girl may not recognize that the interest is sexual and not a way for the boy to simply enjoy her personality, company, or conversation.
She may have no female friends to accompany her on a first date, or provide advice on dating and the social and sexual codes; consequently her parents may become concerned about her vulnerability to promiscuity, adverse sexual experiences, and date rape.
Special interests have many functions for people with Asperger’s syndrome, and one of these is to acquire knowledge to understand bewildering aspects of their experiences.
Teenagers with Asperger’s syndrome often are eager to understand and experience the social and relationship world of their peers, including romantic relationships and sexual experiences, but there can be problems regarding the source of information on relationships and sexuality.
In adolescence and early adult years, the focus can be a person, which could be interpreted as a typical teenage “crush,” but the intensity and some of the associated behaviours could lead to accusations of stalking or harassment.
The predisposition to develop a special interest can have other effects on the development of relationship knowledge.
His requests for a date had been consistently rejected.
Then a very popular and attractive girl in his class suggested the two of them go for a date at the cinema.
For most people with Asperger’s it’s a day to day challenge to feel safe and understood by neurotypical people.
And even though there is a number of dating sites for people with high functioning autism, most of those are expensive pay-sites where you only receive very limited free access.
Young adults with a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome or high-functioning autism also have conspicuously limited social conversational skills or ability to communicate emotions, especially affection.