Published on 12, July, 2020
Hi, I was hoping someone could give me some advice regarding my 18 year old son. He has had such a lonely time of it growing up, he suffered bullying in his early school life which resulted in him having to move schools on more than one occasion, when he eventually found a school he felt safe in he managed to make a few friends, or so he thought, until one by one they turned on him which resulted in online harassment, this has left him with no self confidence and severe trust issues, all he really wants is friendships. He spends all his time either online gaminor doing artwork in his room, I'm so worried about his mental health as he has suffered a few breakdowns in his young life, I wish I had a magic wand that I could make everything good for him. please if anyone could give me some info on any form of social outreach for him where he could devolop friendships, it would be much appreciated
Hello RK63 and NA S68280
I understand your concerns about social isolation for your children . Both are of the age, that if they wanted to , they could join our forum here where there are people that are like minded and perhaps able to offer support and advice.
On the actual physical side of meeting ..
We run a number of branches and groups across the UK http://www.autism.org.uk/services/local.aspx
Every branch and group is different some are parent support groups, some provide support and information to autistic adults, while others have office premises and run their own a drop-in service.
If you were interested in starting a branch or group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope some of this may prove to be helpful for you both.