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Old 09-09-2013, 09:22 PM   #1
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Homeschooling an autistic child

We have seen great improvements in Paul at home.He is happier,more outgoing and we really enjoy each other. We chose k12 virtual school.We chose this for a few reasons,first I felt I needed the guidance of an actual teacher and second it's free.There is a but though,he hates a lot of there work and while I can adapt some I can't adapt all.They expect him to do work that is impossible for him.He can barely write a word and they want a paragraph.I bring this to their attention and they tell me how they can work with him but we end up right back there.I'm more confident in my abilities to teach him but scared and while I'd love to give him everything I have to do this on a very tight budget.Does anybody have tips?

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You are doing K12 through the state I assume. You should be able to get an IEP in place for him the same as you would through a public school. That will give you more leeway in his schooling. I'm not sure how it all works but it is my understanding that K12 is supposed to work with SN children and set up IEPs. You might also look at Connections Academy if it is available in your area. It is the same idea, free virtual academy, but I have heard they are better to work with. I have never used either personally.

I homeschool both of my special needs boys. My oldest is ASD and writing is one of his struggles. I use a Charlotte Mason style curriculum through Ambleside Online. I have heavily modified it to suit his needs and our needs as a family (the website is Christian and we are atheists) but it is almost free. The website itself is free to use, most of the books are free to download so it rarely costs me much to homeschool. I do have to put in some time researching the books and planning myself to alter the curriculum (partially from personal preference) but it works beautifully for both of my boys. We are very happy.
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Yeah he has an IEP and they have some accommodations but to me it's not enough.We don't have connections academy here.
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I would put pressure on them for another ARD and a new IEP if you want to stick with them. If you are prepared to try going it on your own I am fairly certain we can help you figure something out if you hop on over to the homeschooling forum. I don't know the laws of TN at all being in TX so I have no idea how lenient/not it is where you are but I am sure someone over there will know.
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I don't homeschool, but DS has a hard time with writing. It's written in his IEP that he can have someone scribe for him. Sometimes I get him to write his work if it's just writing spelling words, but if it's something like sentences, then I'll often have him tell me what he wants to say and I'll write it for him. Or he has the option to type it. He's fairly good on the computer--he even has one in class to use.
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