Does anyone here home school a child with autism or other special developmental needs? Or know of any websites/ blogs/ resources regarding the subject?
I am just curious, I have been pretty unhappy with the school system since DS started K (a year late) and is now in 1st in a program that is supposed to specialize in autism yet seems to fall short constantly. He did great in the pre-k program, but like most progressive pre-k programs it just cuts off and leaves our kids floundering in the public school system. Sometimes I just feel like it's not the best place for him but I have never met anyone who homes chools a child with autism (DS has a lot of needs, is non verbal). His Developmental therapist and their program that he goes to after school is AMAZING, but he is only budgeted for their program (which he goes to speech and OT through) for 20 hours a week, and it focuses on developmental tasks and therapies.
When my children were small I envisioned HSing them, and aster a rough start in public K I almost pulled my second oldest out to HS (read: unschool). I have a child development background and my views of learning are in conflict with a lot of public schooling methods and approaches. One thing that held me back from HSing was atm I would only be HSing my middle child (DS2)- My oldest (DS1) is in the program for ASD at school, and my DSS's education is overseen by his mom and he is in public school. My 18 mo won't be school aged for some time :) . So I didn't do it because it was one child out of 4. I couldn't wrap my brain around HSing my son with ASD, yet am constantly frustrated with the system.
I looked into alternative school opportunities for DS1 (and the others), We have a lovely Montessori school here, however not only is it out of our budget, but although they are inclusive a child like my DS1 would have to have a full time aid with him that I would have to provide/pay for on top of tuition. He has ft aid at school, but the state WONT provide financing or support to provide him with an aid if I choose to put him in an alternative program.
It may not become a reality, i am just checking my options. And if I DID choose to HS my son, I would also plan on HSing my DS2 and my toddler when he is school aged, so it would be HSing neurotypical children in tandem as well :)