Online help?

HI, my 14 yo high functioning ASD chlid is having some real challenges.  Primary school was a breeze, he is smart and never had to study.  Secondary... another matter.  His social challenges led to his friends from early years - often the result of parental playdates and the like - faded away, he is alone, having hygiene issues, refusing to go to school, sneaking up late at night to get on internet, failing tests.  The school is mystified, he was such a good student, and seems to us poorly suited to meet his special learning needs.  We live in Jakarta, expats, and my wife travels all the time - which leads to real disruption.  We've tried a number of local expat counselors, but none are well suited.  We are a bit desperate - thinking about quitting jobs and moving home - but our other kids are doing well, and we don't have really good options on return.  So... we were wondering, does anyone know of any CBT specialists who work online - through Skype or some other means.  Anyone have experience with that, and is it even a real option?  Our boy is quite comfortable online, so we think it might even work better for him than face to face - but we are really new to this.  Any guidance or views are appreciated. Cheers, Tom

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  • Not sure what the other forums were, though.

    Most likely, yes; that and Aspie Village are the only forums I bother with besides here. Quite possibly the discussion I remember was people seeking such a thing rather than describing experiences of it; it was something I noticed in passing but didn't participate in.

    CBT was difficult for me because I found it very hard to identify troubling emotions

    Acknowledging this was the crucial difference in the autism specific CBT that I had. My poor emotional processing was accepted for what it really is. Rather than being seen as a hindrance to the counselling, improving my discrimination of emotions became one of the major goals to aim at. It's ironic that this mistake is made so often, as CBT seems perfectly suited to improving this kind of emotional discrimination.