Synopses & Reviews
This practical, highly accessible guide answers parents' and professionals' questions about teaching children with autism spectrum disorders at home. The book helps parents decide whether to homeschool and guides them through the process of beginning and maintaining an effective homeschool program. All the essential questions are addressed, such as:
- How do you know if homeschooling is right for you and your child?
Which homeschool program is best for the child's learning style and needs?
How should a family get started?
What is the best way to address social, behavioral, and organizational skills when teaching a child with ASD?
When should you transition back to a traditional public school setting?
The book also contains tips and suggestions from real-life parents who have successfully homeschooled their children with ASD and includes lists of helpful resources for homeschoolers.
Praise for Homeschooling the Child with Autism
"Practical advice and a wealth of resources. This book provides a beacon of hope to families struggling with educational options for their child."
Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D., endowed professor, University of California, Davis, M.I.N.D. Institute
"A must-read for parents and teachers who need guidance and encouragement while teaching children with ASD."
Cathy Stenzel, mother of a son with autism
"This book will be invaluable to families choosing or considering a homeschooling option for their child with ASD. In an easily accessible question-and-answer format, the authors provide practical advice and a wealth of resources that will get parents started, support them through common challenges, and help them create a curriculum that meets not only the academic but also the social and behavioral needs of their child. This book provides a beacon of hope to families struggling with educational options for their child."
—Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D., endowed professor, University of California–Davis, M.I.N.D. Institute
"This is an excellent sourcebook helping parents make informed decisions about homeschooling their children with ASD. Parents will learn how to schedule lessons across the day to incorporate social and academic learning in an environment that balances sensory and mental health needs. All parents, even those not considering homeschooling, will fi nd this book helpful, as it encourages us to foster active learning in the home environment."
—Michelle Garcia Winner, founder of the Social Thinking treatment approach and speech language pathologist, San Jose, CA
"A must read for parents and teachers who need guidance and encouragement while teaching children with ASD!"
—Cathy Stenzel, mother of son with autism
"I appreciated reading well-researched information on the home school experience that actually follows the rules."
—Diane Youtsey, director of special education, Eureka (CA) Union School District
"This book is a ‘life-line’ to parents who homeschool children with autism. The authors have wonderful insight, recommendations, and thoughtful ideas for these parents."
—Debbie Baehler, autism specialist, Lassen County (CA) Offi ce of Education
This book answers the 20 most commonly asked questions about homeschooling children with autism spectrum disorders, such as:
· How do you know when a child should be transitioned from school to homeschooling?
· What homeschool program would be best for the child?
· How should a family get started?
· What resources are available and how can families access them?
· How do you teach social skills and organizational skills to a child with autism?
· How and when should you consider a transition back to a public education setting?
The information provided in the book will assist parents in making an informed decision about homeschooling their child, and will give them the knowledge required to start and maintain an effective homeschooling program. The book will include sidebar tips from guest contributors who have experience with successfully homeschooling ASD students, and lists of helpful resources.
A vital resource for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders
Presented in an easy-to-use question-and-answer format, this book answers the most commonly asked questions about homeschooling children with autism spectrum disorders. The information provided will assist parents in making informed decisions about homeschooling their child, and will give them the knowledge required to start and maintain an effective homeschooling program. It includes sidebar tips from guest contributors who have experience successfully homeschooling ASD students and provides lists of helpful resources.
Patricia Schetter, MA (Woodland, CA), currently teaches courses in autism spectrum disorders in collaboration with the UC Davis MIND Institute. Kandis Lighthall, MA (Redding, CA), an instructor at UC Davis, won the 2006 Carol Gary Award for her contribution to individuals with autism.
Presented in an easy-to-use question-and-answer format, this vital resource answers the most commonly asked questions about homeschooling children with autism spectrum disorders.
About the Author
Patricia Schetter, M.A., is an educational consultant and instructor for the Special Studies in Autism program through UC Davis and the M.I.N.D. Institute.
Kandis Lighthall, M.A., is an educational consultant and teacher educator with more than 30 years' experience in special education.
Table of Contents
1 Questions About Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
1 What Is ASD and How Do the Core Areas of Impairment Affect Students in a Traditional School Setting?
2 Is There Peer-Reviewed Research That Supports Homeschooling for Students with ASD?
3 Why Do Some Families of Children with ASD Consider Homeschooling?
2 Questions About Homeschooling.
4 What Are the Different Types of Homeschooling?
5 How Do Parents Choose the Right Type of Homeschool Program for Their Child?
6 What Are the Reported Advantages of Homeschooling Children with ASD?
7 What Are the Challenges of Homeschooling Children with ASD?
3 Questions About Resources for Homeschoolers.
8 What Supports, Resources, and Curricula Are Available and How Can Families Access Them?
9 What Special Education Services Is My Child Entitled to If I Choose to Homeschool?
10 How Should a Family Get Started with Homeschooling?
4 Questions About Teaching Strategies.
11 How Should the Core Defi cits of Social Skills and Social Thinking Be Addressed?
12 How Can Social Opportunities Be Incorporated into the Homeschooler’s Day?
13 How Should the Core Defi cits in Organizational Skills and Thinking Be Addressed?
14 How Can Interests Be Incorporated into Instruction?
15 How Should the Daily Schedule Be Designed?
16 How Can Parents Address Behavioral Issues?
17 How Can Parents Determine the Appropriate Accommodations and Modifi cations That are Necessary for Curricular Success?
5 Questions About Transition.
18 When Should Parents Consider a Transition Back to Traditional Educational Settings or Programs and How Is This Done?
19 How Should a Family Plan for Transition to College?
20 What Are Other Postsecondary Options Besides College?
6 Questions for Homeschooling Parents.
Interview with Janelle Lewis.
Interview with Karen Crum.
Interview with Connie Ajay.
Interview with Michelle King.
Interview with Ann Coe.
7 Questions for Homeschooled Children on the Autism Spectrum.
Interview with Ben—Age Eleven.
Interview with Bobby—Age Thirteen.
Interview with Katie—Age Fifteen
Interview with Ian—Age Seventeen.
Glossary of Terms and Acronyms.