Friday, March 11, 2011

To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool? That is the question.....

I have the most wonderful and full of life son, Luke who has PDD which falls on the Autism Spectrum Disorder and homeschooling him would be the best for him. From all the research I have done says this is the best for children like Luke. Here is one source that I found talking about homeschooling autistic children-


Thelaboroflove.com


A family who has an autistic child will realize quickly that the public school system rarely benefits the autistic child. Some parents feel they have no other choice but to send their autistic child to public school and just hope for the best. However, the best is to simply homeschool your autistic child. There are so many reasons why you should do this, but the following three reasons are incredibly important and will allow you to see amazing progress in your child.
Minimize Distractions and Control Noise Level
Many autistic children are easily distracted and noise affects them tremendously. In a typical school setting there are many distractions and a large classroom is certainly not quite. As a result autistic children simply cannot make the most of their abilities in this climate. However, if the autistic child is homeschooled the parents are able to control the noise level, minimize distractions, and help their child succeed at their abilities and focus on their weaknesses.
Nutrition
The GFCF diet is recommended for children with an autistic spectrum disorder. Having your child in public school and following this diet is challenging and sometimes impossible. However, in a homeschool environment the parents can easily manage the diet and ensure their child is receiving the necessary nutrition. The GFCF diet as well as other nutritional interventions can really help an autistic individual to become higher functioning.
Socialization
Autistic children benefit significantly through one on one social engagement where the other individual shares a similar interest. However, public schools do not encourage one on one socialization but rather socialization in large groups. This is not conducive to an autistic child and can actually create more problems. A family who home schoolsan autistic child is able to place the child in the necessary social situations that will benefit the child and help with socialization.
As you can see homeschooling your autistic child is in most situations the very best choice. It will require time, patience, and a lot of diligence. However, it is possible and wildly successful. More than likely you will see a huge change in your child quickly. Just remember one thing. If you are taking your child out of the public school system in favor of homeschooling you will need to give them some time, maybe even a month, the detox from the school system and learn their own learning style. You will need to provide books, educational movies, and the like, but your child will find ways to learn on his/her own and then you can follow their lead.



After reading this, it seems to be a no-brainer what my decision should be but I just keep fighting this decision. Am I going to be good enough or discipline enough to make sure Luke learns, improves and stay on track? Will the drop of income from not working hurt our family in today's economy? With the new baby on the way, will I have the time to dedicate to Luke to make sure he recieves the upmost education? I have so many questions that I wish I could answer. I know that if I make the decision to homeschool Luke that I am going to have to give him 200% of my dedication. I feel that this is the right decision to make because who knows my son more than I do but this is something I cannot fail at. Luke depends on me to make sure his life for the future will be fulfilled with all the skills he needs to go out into the world.


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