Just wondering if there is anyone out here with an adult son living at home. Really just needing a bit of blether about the highs and lows of it all,
My son has finished doing a course at the local college, andhas been on a 'ready for work' course, but he is extremely reticent to move forward despite support being out thre, maybe not to ghet work but at least to involve him in vounteering etc. He has a skill with cooking and a City and Guilds 1 in cookery. That said he has classic social difficulties for Aspies, mis understandig things and currently anxiety. His reading / writing is v basic although he can get by so long as he is not rushed...He has a great sense of humour, loves politics and movies...I think he's great!!
Anyway, if you are in a similar situation and could offer some chat support, or indeed know of any group specifically for this, then please let me know.
Thanks very much M
What is the point of that full time employment?
I am in full time employment.
I feel very down and depressed at the workplace.
I simply put a mask. I am simply formal there and do the absolute minimum.
I can say that I do not have work-life balance.
Its so bad and extreme sometimes that I feel like I can’t carry on and do this anymore. It’s so draining and I just don’t feel like I have any sort of life.
I suffer every day. My health keeps going down because of this.
I feel mentally and physically drained and I don’t have anybody else to help me.
Hi there - thanks for your message - since I opened this thread I've heard from a few people in this same situation. It's so hard to find places for our sons to start working and hard to keep on motivating and pushing and on top of it all. Sounds like you've had a good placement but with no real outcome - and that's not unusual. Volunteering is a good place to start with some if the project/services in local towns - not sure where you are - but ideally a magic wand would be great if it could help us get our sons out and about to these things.
Currently I have stopped pushing for 'work' to happen. It has been hard to step back but It was making us ill. Since then my son has followed up on a few hours in a shop and handed a CV into a cafe. We've also had a much more relaxing time - it might sound like we've given up .. But we are just slowing it all down and going with the idea that at some point things will shift somehow.
I would definitely check out volunteering sites - try social work for more suggestions - Advocacy groups for help w job centre etc ... and remember you are not alone :)
Yes this thread really is more about how to access support for work etc for young adults and how to motivate/manage young adults who are still at home - the main issue being getting support - not that they are at home.
Thanks Tegan for reaching back out.
This has been really useful and great to know that I am not alone in this. I can only empathise on the strain it can cause, my relationship with him has definitely suffered as a result of this effort.
Great advice on the volunteering suggestion, I will start a search. He is keen to do something (he would play his xbox all day and night left completely to his own devices!)
We are based in Surrey but if I do come across anything interesting, (or a magic wand) I will certainly pass on.
I'm sorry to hear that you've recently been having a bad time at work. The following webpage contains some tips for interacting and coping at work which you might find useful: http://www.autism.org.uk/about/adult-life/work.aspx
It may also be worth speaking to someone in our autism helpline team, as I'm sure they would be happy to chat through your situation with you. You can call them on 0808 800 4104 (Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm, Friday 9am to 3pm). Please note that the Helpline is experiencing a high volume of calls and it may take a couple of attempts before you get through to speak to an advisor.
Please see the following link for further information: