Hi, one of our 11yo Son’s Autism traits is severe anxiety about meeting people he knows out of their usual context, for example, school friends out of school. It has got to the point that we struggle to get him to leave the house and he’d rather stay in his bedroom all day. If anyone has experience of something similar, what strategies have you used to help as we’re struggling to know how to help him? Thanks!
I'd suggest getting him into the Cadets or Scouts - lots of well-controlled social activities and learing lots of skills - including getting on with others.
The kids all tend to be 'nice kids' to be going there in the first place and there's no bullying allowed - everything is well supervised.
They are very welcoming and accepting of kids with difficulties and disabilites.
There's also lots of predicatable routines so it's a low-stress environment for auties. They also welcome parent-helpers if you want to help him integrate into the group.