Homeschooling A Child With Autism
We have been homeschooling my fourteen-year-old son since he was eight years old.
Last week he went back to school.
He is enrolled in a Medieval History class at a private school, as part of a homeschool hybrid program.
He wants to go. He wants to get away from his little brother. He wants to learn from someone other than me. He wants to hang out with other teenagers.
He is growing up.
So with some anxiety and lots of prayer, I toured the school, filled out the paperwork, wrote the check and sent my son back into the classroom.
I received an email from the teacher after his first class.
I held my breath when I opened it. (Part of our decision to homeschool was based on how difficult the school environment was for my child. Most emails back in our school days brought bad news.)
“I am really looking forward to working with your son. He is quite a remarkable student. His knowledge of history is already quite impressive – not just for his age, but for anyone!“
That was it.
No concerns over his social ability or attention.
No comments about his interactions with other children.
No wringing of the hands because he wears crocs instead of “appropriate footwear.”
Late last week, my son asked if he could go to the school’s movie night.
“I met two boys that are really into computers and they are going to be there. They asked if I could come too.“
My son made friends, immediately. He engaged in an extra-curricular activity, immediately.
He is having fun and socializing at school.
Why am I so surprised?
The Truth About Homeschooling A Child With Autism
One of the fears we have, and the myths we believe, is that if a child is homeschooled (especially a child with autism), there is no way they will be able to “hack it in the real world,” including environments with other children that are not homeschooled.
My experience has consistently been exactly the opposite.
Here’s how we have approached homeschooling my child on the autism spectrum.
Making The Decision To Homeschool My Child With Autism
What Has Surprised me Most
Autism, Special Interests And Interest-Led Learning
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This post was originally published on Not The Former Things in 2017.
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Shawna Wingert is a former training and development professional turned education specialist, and has homeschooled her two children for the last ten years.Shawna has written four books about homeschooling unique learners and has been featured in homeschooling discussions on Today.com, The Mighty, Simple Homeschool, My Little Poppies and Raising Lifelong Leaners.
You can find her online here at DifferentByDesignLearning.com.
YAY!!! You are all doing so great.
It’s a really good season for my oldest. I am so happy for him and all the progress he has made. 🙂
Oh you must have been holding your breath, but what a wonderful start for your son. Hope he continues to enjoy the experience. This gives me hope.
I am so glad, Andrea. That’s exactly why I shared it. It gives me hope too!
My name is Anne and I have a 15yrs old daughter that is a special gift from God to me. However, I want to start homeschooling her but I don’t know where to start. She is selectively mute which means, which means she only communicate whenever she needs something like chocolate or ice-cream. Thanks for sharing your story. I am greatly impressed by your attitude. Our children are SPECIAL and we are blessed to have them in our lives
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