Many children with autism desire to have friends but may not have the social skills to initiate and maintain friendships. The teacher may wish to assign all students to have a buddy for a week. These buddies can help do classroom chores together, work together on certain assignments or sit next to each other at lunch. Drawing names for buddies each week helps to reduce pairing up by popularity and helps even the most reserved children feel included. By offering a buddy to each child, the student with autism won’t feel singled out and may even be able to practice new social skills with each buddy.