Many people with autism spectrum disorder have restricted interests. Your loved one’s restricted interests are a unique part of them. On this webpage, you will learn how fostering your loved one's restricted interests is beneficial for their overal wellbeing.

Do My Loved One's Restricted Interests Need to be Fixed?

Restricted interests do not need to be fixed. Trying to fix or dismiss restricted interests can cause stress or anxiety. It can also make your loved ones feel isolated from friends or family.

You and the care team can use your loved one’s restricted interests to address many concerns, such as:

  • Social skills
  • Managing emotions
  • Learning different skills
  • Connecting and relating better in therapy

Rev. 3/2018
Reviewed by the MGHfC Family Advisory Council
This webpage is intended to provide health information so that you can be better informed. It is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to treatment of any medical conditions.

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