Even though Ryan has told me numerous times that he has no friends and that his lack of friends does not make him "sad at all", Ryan still needs to understand how to have a friend and how to be a friend. Maybe Ryan's lack of desire for a friend is because he AWEnestly does not care, or maybe it's because friendship is hard and being alone is easier, safer and it greatly reduces the chance of rejection. If Ryan struggles to read a friend's emotions, it's hard to determine if that friend is shocked or amused by Ryan's exact mimic of Angry Birds so it's difficult for Ryan to figure out what to say or do next. Then throw in a heightened sensory system where filtering out background noise is next to impossible, while trying to remember how to greet and talk to a friend, it's easy to see why Ryan and kids like him prefer to be alone.
The social skills it takes to have and be a friend are needed in other areas of life and will be invaluable to Ryan as he becomes a young man and Mama Bear isn't always around to protect her little cub. Compromise, empathy, compassion, understanding and perspective are all traits of being a good friend, a good student, a good employee and a good human being. Although these skills may not exude out of Ryan's pores, he has the cognitive capacity to understand the importance of such skills and try to embody them or at the very least, try and fake it.