If your child has special needs, you know how hard it can be to get proper services and attention in a typical classroom. Your son or daughter might need more time than a frazzled teacher with 20 students can provide. Public education systems are designed to educate typical children who learn at a typical pace as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. If your child doesn’t fit that mold, homeschooling might be a better option.
It’s not an easy decision. There are resources schools can offer like accessible facilities and a full-time school nurse that you probably won’t have at home. But no one knows your child better than you do. At home, your child can learn at their own pace in the style that suits them best. They also don’t have to deal with bullies or safety concerns.
Before you decide to homeschool your child, understand the laws in your state. This can vary widely. In some places, homeschooled children are entitled to all the same support services as public school students. Other states and districts offer nothing if you leave the public system.
Luckily, homeschooling parents don’t have to invent the wheel or go it alone. You can reach out to support groups and families in your community to help you navigate the policies in your area and access all available resources.
If you do decide to teach your child at home, here are some tips to get off to a good start and create the best experience for both of you.
The best homeschooling routine will be the one that works for you and your child, but as a general rule, you will want to find a balance between structure and flexibility.
Here are few more tips specifically for parents of kids on the autism spectrum.
Homeschooling your child can be an immensely rewarding experience for both of you – especially if you plan ahead and know what you’re getting into. But remember that there are no absolutes. What works for one family might not work for yours. Other parents can be a terrific source of support, insights, and ideas, but when it comes to your child, trust your instincts. No one knows your child as well as you do. Being able to customize all of your lessons and activities to your specific child’s quirks, interests, preferences, and strengths is the biggest advantage of homeschooling.
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