Thursday, December 15, 2011

Homeschool Movie Club

YOU HAVE TO CHECK THIS OUT!!!!  Free Curriculum for the Moveis that are on the website!!  They are having a Dolphin Tale movie giveaway, check out their Facebook page=)

Homeschool Movie Club is a fun, online community created to help homeschooling families discover new and old movies, media, & curriculum that help augment their home education. We will also have special ‘homeschool day’ discounts, giveaways, curriculum, and special screenings for homeschoolers for movies that haven’t hit theaters yet. Our mission is to create a community & resource that will help families find the right movies to use for their home education and enjoyment.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Autism and Public Schools

When you have a child with autism, the public systems seem to reach out and pull you in. Early intervention professionals recommend appropriate preschools where therapists are available. Before you have a chance to turn around, you're meeting with school officials to put together IEPs, NOREPs, accommodations and behavioral interventions… and you begin to feel that educating your child is so complex that it requires a team of highly paid experts just to explain what will happen, where it will happen, why it will happen, and who will be making it happen.

With so many acronyms, therapists, specially trained teachers and special equipment involved, how could a mere parent possibly manage to homeschool a child with autism? And why, with so much available publicly, would anyone want to?

We came to homeschooling reluctantly. Our son is mildly autistic (with an official diagnosis of PDD-NOS - pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified), and we were sure the public system would be the ideal choice for his educational needs.

It wasn't.

Sadly, the American school system is set up with legal constraints which force parents, teachers and administrators to educate autistic children with one goal in mind: to help them become as typical in behavior, thinking, and learning style as possible. The ideal outcome, again legally enforced, is for a child with autism to look, think, and act typically enough to be able to function adequately in a general education classroom.

To achieve this goal, schools create individualized plans to remediate delays, fix problems, and teach social skills. Individualized plans are not designed to build on strengths, teach to different learning skills, or support self-esteem. Even academics may often come second.
By: Lisa Rudy

Welcome to Homeschooling Autism

Hello thanks for checking out my site Homeschooling Autism, our family became "accidental" homeschoolers a couple of years ago.  Memphis City Schools were simply unable to meet the needs of my 9 year old son.  So the only alternative I had was to quit work and start to educate him myself.  And that is exactly what I am doing now he is a much happier child!!
This site will be dedicated to resources for home schooling, fun things to do and support for fellow parents who are sharing this road together!! We are each others best resource.  I look forward to hearing from you!