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Parent of adult child with ASD looking for support
Hello I'm new here.. I hope you are all well in these strange times. This Covid situation has made me reflect on things, one thing being how isolated I have always been as a parent of a child with ASD. My son is now almost 28 years old and he only got a diagnosis of Asperger's a few years ago. He was on the waiting list for years waiting to get assessed by our cash strapped mental health services. They can give a diagnosis but can offer no support from then on, which is pretty dire.. he goes to a local charitable organisation for support but that's all there is. I've been a single parent with him since he was a baby and I've never had a real partner since then , so I have always been very alone with him. As he never made any friends at school I never got to know any of the other parents. He moved primary school 3 times due to getting bullied. The teachers offered no support,in fact one of them even called him 'weird' to my face. Back then Asperger's etc wasn't heard of. He got bullied at senior school too , and also by his father who he has now disowned for being abusive to him. I have no contact with his father either. I got so much crap from people when he was little due to his odd and sometimes rude behaviour. It was awful and I was so isolated and alone I became very depressed. My son now lives on his own and is very independent in lots of ways , but he struggles a lot dealing with people & I think a lot of this is due to the bullying he has suffered. I don't have anyone to talk to who understands, as even to this day I've never met or become friends with any other parents of children with ASD. So I'm glad I found this forum .