Benefits of Homeschooling a Child with Autism is part of the Back to Homeschool: Mind Over Matter blog series. This post has been provided by Patty from A Mother’s Random Thoughts.
When I realized that my youngest son Jack-Jack was on the autism spectrum, I contemplated putting him in public school. It wasn’t that I didn’t feel qualified to homeschool. I had already been homeschooling for 17 years at that time. But I didn’t feel qualified to teach a special needs child.
As I was exploring my options, I had several special needs teachers tell me to continue teaching him at home. These opinions were unsolicited. I knew two things: 1) If special needs teachers are telling me to keep homeschooling, there must be a pretty good reason, and 2) God was definitely at work bringing people to encourage me when I was doubting the path I should take with my son.
As I began teaching him at home, I found that although we work at a much slower pace. Jack-Jack is always making progress, and since I can customize his education he is learning and growing at the pace that God wants him to. However, without the support of a local homeschool group and a powerful online support, I would be floundering.
This is why I write to encourage others. I know that the stories I have read give me hope for my son, and it is important for me to pass on that hope and joy to others. Jack-Jack and I share our day with you online and in video form. We want to encourage you to take the leap of faith to homeschool and give your child the best possible environment for a special needs child – a loving, warm home. This foundation will enable your child to grow into the role that God has for them.
Now that Jack-Jack is 14, I laugh at how nervous I was to begin homeschooling him. It hasn’t always been easy, but it is definitely worth it. Read more about some of the Benefits of Homeschooling Autism.
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Patty Moliterno is a wife, homeschooling mom and advocate for finding joy and blessings in your everyday circumstances. She has 5 children ranging from ages 31-14, and 5 grandchildren. She has been homeschooling for the last 26 years. Follow Patty at A Mother’s Random Thoughts.