Till startsida
University of Gothenburg
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Hi there.
As the father of a homebound 16-year-old with daily chronic headaches and a bit of an established Asperger’s diagnosis, I am very interested in your work. When I was a teenager I believe “MBD” may recently have been conceptualized. And I myself am “not quite right”, or at least so my father used to say.

When I was about 7, just before right-hand traffic was introduced, my mother declined some kind of child examination; there were some students who hypothesized that allergies were linked with having an introverted personality. And the little boy was certainly wise beyond his years, with a runny nose, sticky eyes and few friends.
Perhaps those students were on to something, or maybe those were just dark times.

Anyway, kids who are different don’t fit in, and therefore end up breaking down sometimes. More often now than they used to. So my wife and I are considering creating an information portal or a forum where parents of homebound kids can have the opportunity to write about their experiences of both everyday life and their confrontations with authorities at the state and local level, and it should be searchable so it becomes a place from which one can gain experiences, not just get overwhelmed by the misery of it all. Because it truly is miserable. Exceedingly so.
Do you know whether any such project (connecting families/relatives of homebound kids) already exists?


Thank you for your question about this pressing issue. What you are looking for might be the network “Children in need”, a network of parents and other adults, which, according to their website, “fights for the right of all children, regardless of needs, to a decent life at school”.
There are also other initiatives, such as the special interest organisations Attention and The Autism and Asperger Association, which provide information and advice about these kinds of problems, and there are many projects at the municipal level being created with the aim of helping this group of children and adolescents to get back to school. For example, in Gothenburg there is a project spearheaded by social services, “Hikikomori – your path to new opportunities”, focusing on helping frequently truant or homebound adolescents ages 15-24 to get back to school or work.



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