Tips for Homeschooling a Child with Autism

Tips for Homeschooling a Child with Autism

Once any child reaches school age, parents start to wonder if they’re making the best decisions regarding their education. The severity of this decision is multiplied if we’re talking about a child on the autistic spectrum.

Some parents try changing the school system and adjust it to their child, and some choose to go the homeschooling route and design a system that works for them.

Whether or not homeschooling is right for your family is a big decision and should not be taken lightly, but if you have already made it, let’s go over some useful tips I find work well for me:

Let Your Child Show You the Way

Part of the reason parents choose to home school their children is the fact that there is no one who knows them better. You know your child and you can read how they’re feeling and what they’re up for.

Getting into a routine is important, but not essential.

Be flexible and let your child learn when, where and how it’s most effective for them.

Figure out your child’s learning style and incorporate as many activities supporting that style as possible.

If they find visual learning stimulating, leave room in a schedule for a video about the topic at hand; if they’re a kinesthetic learner incorporate as many hands-on activities for them, let them try things out and see them flourish under the specialized approach.

Routine can be comforting for some children and if that is true for your child be sure to create one that allows for stability and security in what will happen next, while also leaving some time for flexibility should the need arise.

Don’t Rush Anything

If you’re anything like me, any new decision you make comes with a rush of adrenaline and a wish to get started YESTERDAY. Even though that can be a tough instinct to overcome, I strongly suggest you try to tame it and let everything fall into place in its own time.

Now, I’m not saying to stay completely passive, but it is essential to leave room and time for you and your child to figure out what works best for you.

That means no creating curriculums, no buying materials and no traditional lessons – avoiding all that and putting your child in an environment they can thrive in was the whole point.

Incorporate Learning Tools

Technology is wonderful and it allows many to express themselves. This is especially true for children of today, who feel most at home with some gadget or device in their hands. Children on the spectrum are no different and incorporating technology can really help them with learning and their verbal skills in particular.

Whether you’re using apps by the name of “visual scene displays”, which are designed to help children struggling with expressing themselves or simple apps that help your child learn their letters and spelling, it’s good to explore the multitude of learning tools technology allows for.

Schools are incorporating more technology in their curriculums every year – why shouldn’t you?

Work Socialization into the Day

One of the biggest criticisms aimed at homeschooling is the apparent lack of socialization of the homeschooled child.

I am of the opposite opinion: not only do children have the opportunity to socialize, but they can do it in the way that fits them.

If they enjoy singing or music, music classes could be the answer.

Homeschooled children are actually socializing in more selective and natural settings than those who attend school and are prompted to socialize solely with their own age group.

Make School Work for You

Explore your curriculum by topic instead of by subject. When you notice your child expressing interest in a specific topic, for example dinosaurs, try using this newly discovered interest to peak your child’s interest in your lessons.

Focus on what they want to learn: teach them history of the world with help of the dinosaurs and move to exploring the ocean with help of Plesiosaurus. Be creative and encourage interest in learning.

Summing Up

Homeschooling a child on the spectrum is a challenging, yet highly rewarding experience. Look at it this way: you’re actively helping your child reach their full potential and setting up an environment in which they can thrive.

Use these tips as a guideline and remember to take time to relax with your child, outside of school.

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  1. veronasui says:

    Thanks good read.

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