This is so hard and heartbreaking. Seeing a lovely child struggle with anything is difficult. I don't have much to offer but will think about this. We found that our language and vocab made a big difference. Instead of nervous we would say anticipation, hard to challenging, annoying to frustrating, anxious to inundated. We try to use words that sound like they can be overcome. Also we try to identify everything that is going right more than what is going wrong. Sometimes this is very hard. Also, it is ok for your boy to be alone - not lonely- but solo. Our's didn't prioritize friendships until senior years and still doesn't have a strong group of friends but we encourage him to be strong and happy to spend time with himself. At times, it worried him but he can still fit in when needed and loves lime to be alone as well. Remember, even loners can change the world.
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