‘Ella (28, ASD) has promised her dad to go and watch his performance with the guitar school he takes classes with. The performance takes place in a theatre, and every seat is taken as the performance was sold out. Ella finds that a lot of people want to talk to her about the unique coat she is wearing. They all are very nice – but Ella feels incredibly lonely.’
Very often, people on the spectrum will experience a great deal of loneliness throughout their lives. But why is this, and how can we help that?
What is loneliness?
Very often in society loneliness is thought upon as a lack of having friendships. This may also be called physical loneliness. For example, when Ella has friends who live far away she may experience feelings of physical loneliness, aka not having friends in her immediate proximity. There are however other kinds of loneliness that have a deeper background. Let’s look at these in more detail…