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We've been homeschooling our 9 yr old son who has Asperger's since his K year. When he was in preschool, all of his energy was used in dealing with being in the group situation with all of the overstimulation that goes along with it. At the end of the day (a half day preschool program) he was just zonked. Half the time the therapists couldn't get him to participate in therapy, and there were no "normal" peers who could model appropriate social behavior. I knew that when they added "academics" in K, things would really fall apart. Homeschooling was the best choice that we ever made for him. I'm not surprised that a school psychologist woudl discourage you to homeschool a child with Autism. Most don't knwo enough homeschooling to give an opinion either way, but that doesn't seem to stop them. They usually site "socialization" as the main reason kids should be in school. Honestly, I don't want my kid "socialized", I want him to learn to have meaningful relationships and manners. He can certainly do that at home. Many kids are overwhelmed by the amount of social activities they are involved in. I think two regular thigns a week is more than enough, although I do highly recommend finding a local homeschooling group that you can feel comfortable with. Anytime your son has contact with another person- it's a social skills lesson. Wether that is you having breakfast, the mainlman delivering a package, the cashier saying hi at the store, playing at the park with another child, or talking on the phone to grandma. These are all the normal types of interraction that normal people have. Whoever decided that 30 kids of the same age spending six hours together wass "normal" I will never understand.
 
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