Social Etiquette: How to Flirt and Get a Date

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Navigating the dating world is troublesome for many, but for those on the autism spectrum, it can be a paralyzing challenge.

That’s why psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson created The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®), a program that gives teens and young adults practical tools and skills to use as they confront tricky social obstacles.

In this video, Dr. Laugeson chats with Alex Plank from WrongPlanet.com about the process of flirting, and how to recognize an appropriate opportunity to ask someone out on a date. This is the first episode of WrongPlanet’s series on social skills.

Check out this video to hear Dr. Laugeson discuss practical strategies that those on the spectrum can use to successfully express interest and score a date!


While dating can be particularly tricky for people on the spectrum, many with autism want love and romance just as much as neurotypicals. The documentary, Autism in Love explores this complicated subject beautifully. Check out the trailer for it here!

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