Help her find her tribe
Everyone needs places where they are free to be completely themselves.
Sometimes, at school for example, she might feel that she has to try and ‘fit in’. That can be really tiring – and it’s not good for her mental health in the long run.
That's because when you’ve spent lots of time pretending to be someone else, it's easy to forget who you really are. It's harder to express your own wants and needs. And it's harder to keep yourself feeling happy and safe.
Research shows that having places you can be your true self is really good for your mental health. It’s a really good idea for her to have places she can relax, enjoy her interests and be her true self, if that feels ok for her. Hopefully, when she has a better understanding of herself and is able to unmask, it will be easier for her to find the people (both neurodivergent and neurotypical) she can connect with as her true self.
Join the NeonDaisy community for parents in the Bristol area to connect their girls
Find local groups and clubs in and around Bristol
Find events run by local charity Auti-Ms
Groups and activities for over-16s and adults run by Diverse
Other people and places to help with connection