My son started Middle School this year and was pretty popular in the elementary setting. He had plenty of friends to invite to his 11th birthday party. This year things are different; although still known by everyone, he really doesn't have anyone to call his real friend, by this I mean noone he would call to come over outside of school. Kids seem to be creating their own groups @ this age and he's not really included in any of these. On top of all this, the boy who he has considered his best friend for about 5 yrs. seems to be busy or doesn't return his phone calls. I know kids at this age are not trying to hurtful they just want to have a good time but my son is starting to notice noone wants to hang out with him. It is so hard on him and he is such a kind person. I have told him that sometimes you have to put yourself out there and jump in a join a group and he tries. I think even though these kids have known each other since Kindergarten they see the wheelchair and that's it. It's getting harder each day to put him on that bus knowing what he is up against; life is hard enough at 12 but then throw a obvious disability out there and look out. I just had a tough morning and was looking for somewhere to vent I guess. There is a program called"rap" in our area for disabled children to get out & socialize w/out their families but in the past a lot of these programs have kids with mental disabilities which is great but my son is intimidated with that and I've yet find a group with kids on his level. I hope this is just a phase and things will improve for him. This is a difficult time.
Any advice would be appreciated.