There is this crazy myth lots of people believe about homeschooling a child with autism. I believed it for many years before I finally realized the truth. The myth was that I couldn’t homeschool my child because he had autism. Other successful homeschool moms would try to convince me otherwise but I was convinced it wouldn’t work. I would always answer that autism would make that impossible. It simply wouldn’t work and they didn’t understand was my stance.
Here’s the scenario most autism families follow before plunging into homeschooling their child with autism. The child goes to school until the school fails them so badly that the parents are forced to take them out. It was exactly our scenario. At some point, you think ” I can’t do any worse than the school”. You are exactly right about that one. Even if you did nothing at all, you could still do better.
What if you believed in yourself from the beginning? What if I told you that you know what’s best for your child? You really can do this from kindergarten all the way through high school. Your child doesn’t need to go to school to learn anything including socialization. Your child with autism doesn’t need to go to school to get much needed therapies. You can teach social skills on a regular basis as well as do therapies at home. It’s been my experience that you can most likely do it better than the so called professionals at school. Why? Because you can move at your child’s pace and work at their level. The one on one time will prove invaluable in allowing your child to learn.
Don’t get me wrong here. It will not be all rainbows and unicorns. You will feel overwhelmed. You will feel like you are failing your child. Professionals will make you feel like you are doing your child a disservice by homeschooling him. You have to smile and nod then go on doing what’s best for your child. On the bad days, you have to be willing to take a mental health day. You have to think outside the box for many answers. You have to be strong in many ways that you never knew was possible.
Homeschooling your child with autism is possible as well as fulfilling. Every time your child achieves something, you can take pride in knowing you helped that happen. It will be the hardest, most rewarding decision you will ever make regarding your child with autism, I promise you won’t regret it.
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