03-21-2022 09:16 PM - last edited on 04-13-2022 10:57 AM by Philippa-RO
My son is 15 he is deaf and wears a cochlear implant. He is in year 9 and has struggled since starting high school. To make friends. He actually doesn't have a single friend. He suffers from social anxiety and has a language delay. He is on antidepressants for the social anxiety and currently only leaves the house to see His brother. He is in self sabotage mode. And showers once every 2 weeks. He wears the same clothes for 2 weeks. He sees a psychologist fortnightly and has a paediatrician. He wants to get a full-time job, but the language delay is making it difficult to get past the interview. My question is how to do you help a teen that doesn't want to be helped.
03-21-2022 10:31 PM
03-22-2022 05:08 PM
@TOPPING I'm so sorry to hear about the challenges your son is facing with social anxiety and feeling isolated from other people his age. It sounds like he's going through a really tough time right now and he's trying to manage as best he can in the circumstances.
It can be really hard to feel motivated to do daily tasks when you're living with emotional pain.
I empathise that it must be really worrying for you, and hard to know how best to help.
I was wondering whether your son has been able to link in with any other young people who have cochlear implants and/or who are from the Deaf community? If he hasn't and if you think it could be helpful, some organisations like Deaf Children Australia and Hear For You run social programs and groups for teens.
Do you have much support for yourself? If not, do you think connecting with other parents could be helpful? (Eg. from the point of view of getting their input on support options or what has been helpful for other young people). If so, Parents of Deaf Children run support groups.
If there's anything we can help with or if you need a space to talk things through, we're here for you.