He doesn't want to do anything by himself. He is an only child. He will not go out in our backyard alone to play. He will not go out front to playbasket ball alone. He wants me to sit out there and watch him or play with him. A lot of times I do play with him but sometimes I can't. He is OK at puzzles, not a whiz but not bad, yet he will not work on one alone, even one that is simple for him. He doesn't want to go to a different room in the house by himself! Our house is not that big. He used to refuse, I would have to go and be with in sight, like in the hallway or the doorway. It took four months to get him to walk through the cafeteria and down the hall to his classroom alone. His homework is usually easy enough for him, sometimes he needs a little help or clarification but even the easy assignments he wont work on, unless I'm sitting next to him watching. He can not entertain himself without the tv or the computer, at all. I know he watches too much tv. I think it's a vicious cycle although I'm not sure which came first. Does he watch the tv and play on the computer because he is lacking in whatever he needs to be more independent or is he not able to occupy himself because he has too much screen time or some of both?
I really need help with ideas to help him become a little more independent. He gets frustrated easily with tasks and gives up. I don't think my expectations are unrealistic, I would like him to occupy himself for short periods of time and complete simple tasks independently.