A common thread I read in many responses was to find a group where he shares a special interest so that he can identify with them and have his own connections. Unfortunately our son’s school is very limited in this area, offering after school sports only—which he wants nothing to do with— so I’m considering the idea of starting our own group.
I’m thinking of hosting an after school game club on fridays at the school. The principal has already approved the use of a room, as long as I’m the chaperone. The club would focus on what my son likes to call “nerd games” such as Bakugan, Pokemon and other similar games. We’re thinking of planning tournaments and introducing new games as well.
Right now most of the kids may come from my son’s study skills class which is comprised of kids who have IEPs or 504 plans. Most of the boys in his class like to play these games during lunch, but unfortunately they get a lot of ridicule from the other kids in school.
One of the foreseeable challenges is getting my youngest son on board since he doesn’t like to do much out of our home, especially after school. But one mention of making him in charge of check-in has earned us enthusiastic support, as he said, “Sure, I get to be in charge of 6th graders, yay!”
My oldest son is completely in love with the idea and can’t wait to see what kind of interest he can draw in the club. It’s imperative that we have enough kids, the last thing I want to do is have a babysitting club watching one or two additional boys after school. So next week he’s going to see how many kids could stay after for this club and from there we’ll determine if we can move forward with the idea. In the meantime, the boys are already thinking of their club logo and planning the tournaments they want to participate in.
As for me, I’m feeling a little nervous about taking on another responsibility, but feel it may be worth it in the long run.