Originally Posted by Megamama
I'm thinking about trying it for the rest of the summer before our move to Gainesville, and just pulling him from the program he is in now. He already gets OT and ST privately, and we're doing RDI which is fantastic..
Anyone homeschooling your autistic child? If so, how's it going, what are you doing? Specifically preschool and with another preschooler at home (2.5 yr old Sophie), how do I do a "curriculum" for him that allows for his sister?
Tips, links, would be greatly appreciated, thanks
I did! I homeschooled A. until he went to third grade. I'd have loved to keep doing it too, but circumstances wouldn't permit.
It was HARD. He had a lot of trouble focusing. We had a terrible time learning to read. He couldn't connect sound and symbol, just couldn't do it. Phonics totally baffled him, and whole language was slow going.
The really fun stuff was science, math and so on. We did a lot of cooking together, which is very mathy and has all sorts of neat ideas. We planted and raised a garden. We went to zoos and museums constantly. He wouldn't tolerate being read to, but his brothers loved it. When he was older the first book he'd allow to be read to him was Harry Potter, and he loved the whole series. Before that any kind of book reading led to howling meltdowns, complete with rolling on the floor, scratching himself and attempts to destroy the book. We found lots of other stuff to do, though. He likes to build things and will spend hours taking things apart to see how they work, or creating things. He is pretty amazing when it comes to inventions.
The hardest part was making sure his little brothers got enough attention and schooling. If I could have sent them off to preschool for a few hours a day, just to give me some one on one time with him, I would have.