My son seems so lonely

Sally - posted on 05/05/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 14 years old and has been diagnosed with Autism and High Anxiety. He spends most of his time on the computer and loves gaming. He cannot engage in organized sports due to his anxiety. He has difficulty making friends and is sad and lonely. I am trying to find something that would fit his needs but have not been successful. I worry about him as he spends all his time on his Xbox games and does communicate on line with other kids, but not face to face. I don't know how to help him.

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Sally - posted on 05/06/2015

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Thank you so much. I think at times he would like to have a friend, but he loves to spend time on his computer. He has had to change schools several times in the last two years but we finally found a good fit for him and he is doing well most of the time. My husband is concerned about him in his room on the weekends and wants to get him involved in other things. My son is very close to me and I feel like I have a better pulse on what would work well. Any social activities really stress him and I don't want to make things worse. Thanks for the advice as I would rather leave it alone too.

Jodi - posted on 05/05/2015

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Has his therapist got any suggestions for him? However, I do agree with Sarah. He is likely to be quite happy with the way things are. As long as his computers and gaming are not interfering with his school and his time with the family, it is possibly not something to be concerned about.

Sarah - posted on 05/05/2015

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Some kids are just more content in their own world. If he is healthy, gets a fair amount of exercise and seems happy, why upset the situation? If pushing him into sports or other social situations will increase his anxiety, then IMO, leave things be.

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