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    Anyone else homeschooling their special needs children??

    Tips, and tricks to what works is appreciated!

    We are homeschooling our 4 children, 2 have varying degrees of Autism.
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    Welcome!

    Without knowing the ages of your kids, it is a bit difficult to give pertinent advice.
    But homeschooling lets you meet them where they are, and give them support as they need it, whether its really creative math games, or a routine they can tolerate.
    I work closely with my DS6ís therapists - speech and OT.
    And dont underestimate your SN kids - I find myself doing it, then being astonished and doubting my judgement when he does something that surpasses my expectations.
    Keep trying things out. Last year, I gave up on my little watching documentaries - I speculate it was language overload on him. Last month, I was sitting with my older to watch one, and the baby joined in, paid attention through the whole show.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    I think that homeschooling special needs is excellent and can definitely done, but it is very important to make sure that you have support. I could not have done it without having ABA. They would work with DS16 on a lot of social interactions and get him out of the house. It was so important for him to have that. He is now in high school and goes for 4 periods a day and then comes home. Right now it seems to be the right mix of push for him with social interactions and then having some downtime to get his sensory stuff back regulated. He eats lunch at home as the cafeteria is a special kind of hell for kids with autism. I think the key is having that support because it can be hard and doesn't mean that you as a mom are failing in anyway to admit that it is hard. Check out Shawna Wingert and Not The Former Things as she is a wealth of information on homeschooling autism and also for keeping it real and making you feel like you are not alone.
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    Beth
    DS16 with ASD, DD12 and DS10

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    This is really going to depend on the kid. Honestly, the reason I homeschool is because my son is autistic, and the school was ill-equipped and unwilling to adapt as much as what my son needed. That said, a lot of what he needs is personal attention and so I don't know how I would do it with multiple kids. I think I would need to try to do a lot of overlap work and then see what the kids were able to work independently on, and customize the difficulty for each child from there.

    What are your kids' strengths and weaknesses? With autistic kids, that is really going to be your starting point. There is a lot of variation, and I really wouldn't recommend going with any default plan even if it is one geared for generic autistic kids because there is really no such thing.

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