Wow. My Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) son doesn't usually share a lot, but he did today when I told him that on Christmas (we have two places to go) that he has to try to stay with the group. He tends to watch television or go upstairs or disappear and everyone wonders where he is. They think he's being rude. L. is going to have a great Christmas. He is getting everything he loves and more, and I want him to be gracious and stay with the family. But when I told him he had to stick around this time, he just looked wide-eyed and said, "I can't talk to anyone. I can barely talk to my friends. It's hard for me." (Sniff) I felt so bad. Any suggestions on how to make an Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) kid feel comfortable while everyone is talking? I'm thinking of telling him just to hang around where everyone is at and that he doesn't have to talk. I did tell my daughter to engage him when she goes off with their cousin (who is 13). If he is asked, he will usually join in. But he IS a very quiet kid, and it IS because of his Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Thoughts?