Wow. I feel kind of weird being the first one to post on this subject. My question is to anyone who has a special needs child or knows one. Does your child have any friends? My six year old has high functioning autism. She only plays with her 10 year old brother and 4 year old sister. It seems like other special needs family don't want to deal with linking up, maybe they just have too much stress already. The other kids her age though, that are not special needs kids don't really want anything to do with her. When my son's friends come over she cries and wants to play with them but it's not fair to make them play with her. My 4 year old (who is very delayed, but not autistic) had someone invite her over last week and my 6 year old begged to go. I feel so bad for her, do they ever develop friendships?