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This blog compliments our Facebook page Aspergers Connect http://www.facebook.com/groups/ConnectAspergers/.
Homeschooling is a
blessing and allows you to feel confident knowing that you are giving your
children the absolute best education possible. When homeschooling a child on the
autism spectrum, there can be specific and unique challenges. My older daughter
has Asperger's and has been homeschooled for most of her life. I hope this
article will help give those of you homeschooling your children on the spectrum
a little support and advice from one who has tried it all and succeeded in
homeschooling a child with
Things You'll Need
Your homeschooling curriculum
Chill. Things will change gradually, but
they will change. Sometimes fear can sneak into your mind (fear about what the
future holds for your child, fear that your child won't make friends, fear of
what others might think) but try to block these thoughts out and only focus on
what you can do today, just today, that will make your child progress a little
and connect with you and the world around them a little bit more. Every
progression is huge, and if there is any step back, which there probably will
be, it is not permenant.
You probably chose homeschooling for your
Asperger's child because: 1. The school they were going to
could not help or support your child. 2. Your child was being
bullied to the point of depression. 3. You knew that you
could reach your child in a way that nobody else could. 4.
You knew that you could give your child the best education they could get.
These are all great reasons why you have
decided to homeschool your Asperger's child.
Here are some tips that I have found really
helps with the day.
1. TRY WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT TO KEEP A RIGID
STRUCTURE. All children crave structure, but a child with Asperger's desperately
needs it. It is structure during their day that allows them to feel confident
that all is well in the world and that they can be sure that you know what is
going on. It helps them to relax and helps them to trust you. If your child is
anything like my daughter, they will resist this structure, especially if there
wasn't enough structure before. Just keep reinforcing the structure. Keep doing
it. Make a schedule for the day and post it on the wall where our child can see
it. If your child is not reading well yet, read them the schedule aloud at the
same time every morning before you start the day. Make sure that they know that
you are in control and that you know what is going on.
2. MAKE ART A BIG PART OF YOUR DAY. Arts
and crafts are healing and really help your child connect to the world around
them. It does wonders for my daughter to have her creating a project and using
her hand to mold something out of clay. They immediately calm and focus in a way
that they are not able to do normally. my top choices for art are : CLAY AND
POTTERY, PAINTING,and BASKETRY.
3. GO OUTSIDE OFTEN AND GET INTO NATURE AS
MUCH AS YOU CAN WITH THEM. Asperger's children have a deep connection to nature
and the natural world. They commune with the animals and the plants, and feel
connected to this world when they are around them. Go on hikes, take them to see
a waterfall, take them into the woods for a nature drawing, or just to sit and
listen to the trees. They LOVE it.
4. GET INVOLVED WITH HORSE THERAPY. Horses
can work wonders for the emotional wellbeing of your Asperger's child. Horses
can really connect with your child in a way that is hard for them to do with
people. It is almost like your child can read their movements and communicate
with them without words. It's great.
5. INVEST IN
ZOME TOOLS, LEOGS, K-NEX, OR ANY BUILDING TOY. Not only are these toys extremely
theraputic, they really get your child to slow down, create, and focus. I don't
know what we would do without them, and when our daughter is taking a break from
her schoolwork, these toys really feed her need to use her hands and make
I hope these tips have helped you, even if
just a little. Good luck and remember...patience and structure are