Some say there is an epidemic of Autism, some say there isn't. I definitely lean toward the epidemic side. Statistics show that 1 in 88 children are on the autistic spectrum, when a mere 20 years ago, it was 1 in 10,000. That is a gigantic jump in a short amount of time. Autism is affecting us everyday in many ways. Here are resources to assist families in learning about autism and tips for homeschooling your child with autism.
April is Autism Awareness Month and April 2nd is World Autism Day. Don't be afraid of children with autism, reach out to them and get to know them. You'll be glad you did.
Being your child's advocate is something that I haven't understood until now. Read on...
3. Sample Homeschool Schedules for Children with Autism
Need help setting up your daily schedule? Homeschoolers generally have a lot of freedom in setting up their schedule, but it sometimes takes a while to find out what works best for your family. It's helpful to hear about what others are doing. Here are some of the daily schedules
shared by the members of the homeschool forum. The following schedules are specific to homeschooling and autism:
4. Printable Special Needs Forms
These forms were designed to help track behavior changes in children with Autism
or other special needs
. The forms can be added to your child's homeschool file or portfolio.
If you have needs for other forms or forms you use that will help other parents, let me know and I'll do my best to add them.
Parents helping parents... Sharing your story can be encouraging to other parents that are homeschooling their autistic child or are considering it. Do you have a "golden nugget" to share or maybe an encouraging word? What advice would you give to someone considering homeschooling their autistic child? What methods have worked for you? What has been your biggest obstacle?
6. Homeschooling Grandmothers
I received the following responses from grandmothers who are willing to share their stories of how they are involved in the homeschooling of their grandchildren with autism. I hope you enjoy their stories.
Much like homeschooling, having an autistic child is a whole new world. It becomes a way of life. The entire family is affected and the family generally takes on a whole new dynamic. I chose to focus this Carnival of Homeschooling on Autism since it has become such a big part of my life.