Hi my DS is 12. He has a diagnosis is 'high functioning'ASD. He's a bright boy, quite shy and sensitive. He's not all violent, he's very gentle and incredibly anxious. When he's anxious, he will cry, cower, scream in fear. He is very literal and has a lot of rigidity. He was bullied for years at juniors, I tried to intervene repeatedly but school ignored me.
So now he's just started secondary school, it's a small school and has a good SEN dept. Trouble is DS has a couple of obsessions - Sonic the Hedgehog and Minecraft. He absolutely loves sonic and will talk about it constantly. He has been bullied because of it. He starting to be bullied again at school, his obsessions are something the bullies are picking up on. He's on half term at the moment and I'm going to tackle the bullying when school is back with his form tutor and head of house. Apart from that, any ideas on how to help DS? I've talked to him at length about how the obsessions are fine at home but at school he might need to tone it down, is that the right thing to do? The others are into football games and more violent games. DS can't bear anything like this as he's very young and he really is frightened of growing up.
I'm not sure there is much you can do about the obsessions, It's absolutly fine to explain he will need to tone it down, maybe to check his audience but you have to understand he really might not be able to. It is literally all he will think about and there will be a need to tell facts about it.