As a homeschooling parent of a child with autism, I am often asked: “How do you do?” It takes dedication, planning, and research, of course, but I find that it is not all that difficult when I remember why I do it.
There are five main reasons why homeschooling is the best choice for my child
1. One-on-one tuition provides the best learning.
It is generally accepted educational principle to lower teacher to student ratio, the more effective teaching can be. Most parents realize that the more students a teacher has, the less attention and direct instruction, each student will get from teachers. One-on-one instruction is always preferred for private lessons or instruction because lessons can be customized to the student’s ability to maximize their performance in the shortest time.
homeschooling or private lessons offers child with autism the opportunity to make the most of their educational opportunities. The child gets more direct instruction time, immediate feedback and instruction tailored to their learning style and strengths. Because individual instruction he or she receives the child with autism can experience success on a daily basis to help improve their self-esteem. Emotions results are something that many children with autism are not provided in a typical school.
2. The environment can be adapted to the perception of the child’s needs.
In the home setting, it is much easier to control the learning environment. Unlike a classroom situation where other students can be a big distraction from school, homeschooling parents can structure an environment that is best for your child’s needs. Whether it is in a quiet room, special lighting, background music, or break the perception issues, the home can be an ideal educational setting.
3. homeschooling offers flexible scheduling.
With fewer distractions and more direct instruction, require home-schooled students less of their time to be spent on education. There is no time wasted taking attendance, class notices, reprimands student, repeated teaching of the subject in which the student has already mastered, etc.
school day can also be organized around the best time of the child’s education. Some children with autism are “night-owl” in nature and have a difficult time to go to bed early and get up early for school. We can set our time teaching to correspond with the times that the child is naturally most alert and able to concentrate. We can also request a shorter training sessions throughout the day with lots of breaks as needed. Shorter sessions also promote greater intensity and concentration of academic programs leading child tilbake flesh else anoraks dning more of the content that is delivered.
Most parents soon realize that other benefits of homeschooling is the fact that you can organize field trips per week when sites are less crowded. This is a big advantage for children with autism who can not do well with large groups of people.
4. The child has a better chance for positive socialization.
All socialization is not good for our children. In schools, you must take the bad with the good. In the home setting, parents have more say in the decision when their children are ready for certain social situations. For more on the subject of schools and socialization, see my article entitled, “Social skills and autism? – Where is the best place for socialization”
5. The interests of the child can be incorporated into the curriculum of.
Anything that your child is interested in can form the basis for the program. In homeschooling circles, this is called research unit. You take any topic of interest and design complete educational program around this topic. This method works well for reluctant students say school is boring.
For my family, homeschooling is a great time-saver that allows us to focus our attention on constructive social opportunities, educational field trips, and practical daily living. We do not need to worry about the teacher our child is going to have every year, nor do we have to spend most of the year trying to help the teacher “get to know” our child and their needs. We do not need to fight with the school district for services or for the proper implementation of the services that were promised. We do not need to spend our time going back and forth to school or school-related meetings. Simply put, homeschooling offers my son with autism approach to teaching that works efficiently and effectively to enable him to reach the top of its possibilities.