I am at my wits end. My strait A daughter is academically ahead, identified as gifted. She has the social skills of a 3 year old. She takes medication for anxiety and depression, has had therapy which equated to board games with the therapist and has no friends. I have kept my cool and had multiple conversations about what I am seeing with her but she makes no effort to change her behavior. Peers are turned off by her wanting to control games or play. She has had a weird fascination with Pokemon since first grade, something I fostered for awhile but now see it stands in her way of socialization. She becomes angry and frustrated quickly, sometimes becoming physical. She takes no pride in her appearance and sometimes states she is lonely. I have given her opportunities to meet other kids her age through tennis lessons, archery, church youth groups, etc but she is either content to stay in her room or be by my side. Rarely is she eager to participate in school events. She often invades the space of others and has to be reminded daily, even hourly to not touch others or " be in their bubble". She tells me she doesn't know how to be social though I model this for her all the time and talk to her about what I am doing. We have a nice home, she has opportunity a and we only ask that she try her best. Any pressure she feels about grades is placed on her BY her. I teach in a high school and I see what kids do to one another. I am worried that 7 th grade will push her over the edge.View Thread
I have read articles all day and ordered 2 books. You nailed it. Thanks. I will call the doctor this week and insist my daughter get references for a counselor focused on social thinking. I also looked at IIPT (Impaired Interactive Perspective Taker) today and PPD. Thanks again.View Thread
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