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Hi, my name is cjclarke! Homeschooling son but finding it hard not meeting other children

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cjclarke
cjclarke Community member Posts: 1 Listener
hello we have been home schooling since sept and my son is finding it hard not meeting other children. he is 12 has autism global devoplment delay we live in maidenhead and would love some help just some days he doesnt want to do any work and some days he loves doing work, he loves histroy  

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  • JBS2022
    JBS2022 Scope Member Posts: 2,075 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @cjclarke I'm not very knowledgeable about autism but there are wonderful people here who may answer any questions. Welcome
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  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,911 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @cjclarke

    Welcome to the community! :)

    I'm so sorry to hear your son is finding it hard not meeting other children. He loves history! Are there any historic groups in your area that he could join in with? Any child friendly activities that a historic landmark offers? It may be a great way for him to interact with other children and be comfortable as it's something he loves.

    Just to let you know, I popped your post into our Children, Parent and Families section in case others can help :) 
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  • anisty
    anisty Community member Posts: 354 Pioneering
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    Have you looked into support services for autistic children in your area?


    My son benefitted hugely from a support service started up on a small scale by a Mum but it grew and grew to the point where they now employ professionals and offer support to parents, numerous groups for the children - evening drama group, music group, arts and crafts, breaks away, too numerous to mention.

    It was specifically for children up to 18yrs with a diagnosis of ASD.

    It gave my son a full teenage social life with people just like him.


    There are lots of similar places across the UK - check to see if there's anything near you.
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,981 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 2023
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    Hello @cjclarke. A warm welcome from me too.

    It sounds really difficult that your son is finding it hard not meeting other children. As @Hannah_Scope indicated, using interests is a really key point in identifying suitable social opportunities! In your son’s case, this sounds like anything history related. Eventbrite is quite a good source for identifying events happening in your local area.

    Similarly, I hear some days your son doesn’t want to do any work and other days he loves doing work. Is there a common pattern between these types of days? This could be used to increase the number of days your son loves to work, or at least incorporate more of the things he enjoys and is motivated by.

    Also, thanks @anisty for sharing your son’s experience. Sharing similar experiences is always invaluable and one of the main things that make Scope’s community the wonderful space it is.

    Please don’t hesitate to let us know if we can do anything else to support you and your son  :)

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