Aspergers Independent - I have an 18-year-old son with Asperger's. He has just finished his first semester of college living away from home. He did very well with his grades. He has made a few friends and joined some clubs. My concern is that he says he wants to go on an internship this summer. He seems very interested in it but he just can't make himself write the essay that he needs to for this application. We have tried to encourage him but he is having trouble getting started. What can I do to help motivate him? I would also like to see him get out of his room more but he seems to have problems with this also. He wants to make friends and do things with others but he has a hard time getting started. Any suggestions?

Your son seems to have done well with his first semester of college and has survived his first living experience away from home! This is exciting for any parent, not simply the parent of a child with Asperger's. His grades were good and he has joined in structured social activities and has made a few friends. These are great things and things that should be celebrated! Many children with Asperger's find it difficult to ... . . . (to read the remainder of this article, please log in below.)
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