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Subject: Anyone homeschooling a special needs child?
Date Posted: 8/3/2010 10:49 PM ET
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Anyone homeschooling a special needs child? I will be homeschooling my son with Autism and I'm a bit nervous about what it will be like. I plan to take it a day at a time, but I'm a little scared as this will be new for the both of us.

Date Posted: 8/5/2010 2:36 PM ET
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You can do it!. My son has cerebral palsy. It is mostly physical with mild hemiparisis to his right arm and leg.
But sometimes he takes thing very literally, it took us awhile for him to understand the concept of sarcasm ect. That portion of the brain that deals with social like issues had to be learned and didn't come automatically.

   I used to teach preschool and had 2 boys age 4 and 5 who had autism. Some of the teachers found it difficult but it is a matter of knowing what makes the feel safe and comfortable. For example, one little boy liked to sit in his same spot at the table all the time but we had to change rooms and I knew it would be difficult for him to deal with the change , so took his favorite cartoon character from 101 dalmation and taped the picture to his area of the table then when we moved I took the picture to the other table and taped it down. He automatically sat at the spot that had the picture and the fact that the table was a diffrerent color and shape didn't bother him. 

I also discovered he liked the feel of orange peels , so many of the teachers would try to make him throw them away , but actually they were a great enable for social developement. If all the children were sitting but he would not sit during story time, I would give him an orange peel to put in his pocket and he would sit down with his hands in his pocket rubbing the orange peel. He was able to focus on the story and could answer question actually , the many of the other children missed.  Homeschooling will be great for you son. You will know him better than anyone else and will discover even more things about his likes, dislikes and learning interest. Homeschooling for all of us parents is the same process, of learning to make changes to suit what is best for our children . It comes with happiness, frustrations, joy, uncomfortableness( no one is perfect) fears, and many many  triumphs. You will do great!

theresa

Date Posted: 8/5/2010 7:47 PM ET
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There is a lot of traffic on the boards at The Well Trained Mind in the forum for homeschooling LD kids. I have found it useful. Good luck!

Date Posted: 8/6/2010 2:04 PM ET
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Thanks for the encouragement. Right now I'm trying to search for curriculum and get a list together of things I want to teach him and work with him on. I plan to use the library as much as I can and still trying to find sites online to print stuff from. Also planning my letter that I have to mail to operate as a private school. So much to learn, but taking it a day at a time.

Date Posted: 8/8/2010 2:34 PM ET
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I recommend this website

http://home.earthlink.net/~tammyglaser798/authome.html

It's by someone that has homeschool an autism spectrum child.

Date Posted: 8/8/2010 8:17 PM ET
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For clarification, the folks who chat on The Well Trained Mind don't always talk about what they teach. The special needs forum rarely discusses curriculum etc. Since many families make accommodations for their special needs children doing the full tilt of TWTM is likely not what they are doing. I think a fair amount of parents on those boards don't 'do' TWTM to a tee, if at all (because for one thing they are buying and selling curriculums via the site that are NOT recommended by TWTM or even in alignment w classical homeschooling!).

Date Posted: 8/10/2010 2:49 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/20/2010 3:39 AM ET
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Just read my profile I have an Autistic son and has been doing great since starting homeschooling. Trust me that it's all worth it at the end good luck Pm if you want to chat.  :D