Many families that include children with autism, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or Asperger’s Syndrome make the choice to homeschool their children. They can make the choice for a variety of very personal reasons, but the majority of families choose homeschooling because it provides a safe environment for their children. It allows them to teach their children according to their unique learning styles. Homeschooling also allows families to create a curriculum that challenges their children and offers them variety that they might not get in a traditional school environment.
If you are considering homeschool your child with ASD, Asperger’s or autism, consider a distance learning school as the core of your homeschool curriculum. An accredited distance learning homeschool will be able to accommodate the learning needs of your child. An assessment will be made of your child, and a learning profile will be constructed. If you child with ASD has trouble with auditory processing, the curriculum he will follow at a distance learning school can be very visually based. If your child has trouble with processing speed, accommodations can be made for your child to work at his own pace. The distance learning homeschool experience is very flexible.
It is likely that your child with Asperger’s or ASD will be completing a high school degree and going on to college. The majority of students attending an online high school are involved in a college prep curriculum. The distance learning homeschool will help you develop a curriculum that meets the graduation requirements, but also one that interests and challenges your child. Many children with ASD have specialized interests. Some are interested in the sciences, some in math or history. Because a distance learning homeschool is not bound by the limitations of a traditional high school in terms of scheduling, a curriculum can be developed that focuses on the specialized interests of your child.
Because distance-learning homeschools have the ability to tailor their curriculum to meet the special needs of your child with Asperger’s or ASD, many families choose to enroll their children. A distance learning high school will have many specialists on staff to help guide your child and help him choose the courses that will best suit his needs and interests. Those same specialists will help ensure that any accommodations that need to be made for your child with Asperger’s or ASD are carried out and followed through with. The online distance-learning environment makes it easy for homeschool families to be very involved with their child’s learning. Parents can monitor progress and participation.
Making the decision to homeschool a child with Asperger’s or ASD can be difficult for parents. Finding an online distance learning school to help support your high schoolers needs can make the homeschool experience an overwhelmingly positive one. Choose an online distance learning high school that will work with you and your child to help design the most challenging and interesting curriculum for you child, and one that will work to help teach your child using techniques that are tailored to meet his learning needs.