Homeschooling in the U.S. continues to grow and become the chosen option for education. It’s viable, and families with high-functioning Autism find that this setting is conducive to learning.
How is it conducive? At home, there are less distractions and more predictability. Not only that, but mostly everything within a homeschool setting can be tailored to precisely meet the needs of each student. Accommodations and modifications of the environment (lighting, sound, etc.), curriculum, teaching style, and schedule can all be implemented at home. And yes, it can certainly work for the asynchronous Aspie child who also requires studying at his own pace.
So who does the teaching? The parents primarily teach in addition to optional online programs that include their own certified teachers. (Just make sure your choice of teacher and program is legally allowed within your state.) For those who don’t feel comfortable with teaching all subjects, they can choose to purchase an online program. One that offers an “ala carte” curriculum or maybe even a full comprehensive program. And like other traditional schools, payment options are usually available.
Which leads me to mention The MorningStar Academy, an excellent accredited Christian-based online school. It’s a private one, and they accept students with special needs as well as gifted students. I recommend visiting their site (the pink link above) to see all the program details and if it would be a good fit for your child.
In general, there are a variety of homeschool styles or teaching methods. There’s eclectic, structured, unstructured, Charlotte Mason, etc. Lots to choose from, and it’s good, because you need to find the right fit for each individual. And quite often, the “right fit” is a hodgepodge of methods!
It’s comforting to know that with many available homeschool options, and also, with God, there’s a greater chance for success. Especially for your child with different abilities.
Pray about it and ask God to lead you to the right schooling method. He cares about the details, and always remember that He’s the supplier of all our needs.
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