Connect with others who understand.

sign up log in
About MyAutismTeam
Real members of MyAutismTeam have posted questions and answers that support our community guidelines, and should not be taken as medical advice. Looking for the latest medically reviewed content by doctors and experts? Visit our resource section.

How Do I Prepare For My 17 Year Old Son To Probably Never Live On His Own?

How Do I Prepare For My 17 Year Old Son To Probably Never Live On His Own?

My son is17 and is having problems going to and/or participating in school. He has not been in school since the first week in August this year.
I have finally come to the realization that he will likely not go to college or live on his own. I am very worried because I am an older mom and who will be there for him once I am gone? He functions pretty well; however, he has extreme anxiety and depression.

A MyAutismTeam Member said:

My son is 18 now and couldn't finish HS due to anxiety and depression. (He was homeschooled for the last 3 months.)It is still day by day but we are trying to help him the best we can. I am right there with you on the concern for post-high school independence as he wants to go to college but is having trouble with everyday life right now so we are not sure how to proceed. We are getting him as many support services as we can and I would recommend looking into what is available in your state if you have not already. We have some things like assisted living and job shadowing for people with disabilities so there is hope of an independent life for our son though it is very hard to qualify for the services. I live in NY state so I am not sure what FL has in the way of services but hopefully there is something there for you to tap into. Good luck and stay strong.

posted almost 2 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

i have a home therapist through my doctor and also you should be entitled to an outreach worker you can be referred by your dr or social services will have information about residential care were they teach them life skills

posted almost 3 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

I have. We tried hospital home bound school. They worked for a couple of days. When he says he wants to go to school that also lasts just a few days. I believe the school system is trying help but he doesn't respond. Did check out agencies but they don't have any answers.
Thank you for your input.

posted almost 3 years ago
Browse more questions and answers
Continue with Facebook
Sign up with your email
Already a Member? Log in