It has hardly been noticeable because the population of individuals with autism has increased so sharply over the last two decades, but a new trend has surfaced in the world of special education. In droves, children with autism are leaving the traditional classroom behind, as their parents instead opt to home-school.
Most of these parents feel that there is really no other viable option. Many parents believe that the traditional school model did not appropriately address their child's needs. Other parents feel that in order to fit learning into a day filled with intensive therapies, a seven hours school day is simply not a viable option.
Educating a child on the autism spectrum can be a daunting task. They have very unique learning styles. Many of them "don't see the forest for the trees" when learning, meaning that they focus on specific elements of whatever they are learning, while missing the big picture. Many can understand facts and figures, but have trouble with flexible thinking and reasoning. Others have memory challenges, slow processing speed, and some simply need to experience something rather than being told about it.
Traditional home-school curriculum may not work for every kid on the spectrum. Some curriculum may need to be modified in order to maximize learning. Sometimes specialty curriculum and teaching techniques need to be put into place that build's off of a child's interests and learning styles. If done well, this individualized teaching can really help a child to thrive academically.
In order to establish a strong home-schooling program for a child on the spectrum a parent needs
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