Choosing Home: Deciding to Homeschool with Asperger's Syndrome

By Martha Kennedy Hartnett | Go to book overview

Foreword

Choosing Home: Deciding to Homeschool with Asperger’s Syndrome is about the incredible courage and determination exhibited by James along with his parents as they strive to provide a meaningful education for their son. The story you are about to read makes an important and substantial contribution to the education of people with Asperger’s Syndrome. Right from the first page of the preface Martha displays a rare talent for bringing the reader into the world of the child with Asperger’s Syndrome and his family in their successful struggles to create an educational environment where “there are no learning disabilities.” Through the lives of James and his parents Celia and John, the reader learns of the real-life stresses, trials, and tribulations that take place when the school environment goes wrong as well as the successes that can be had when it is made right.

James and his family were able to hold their lives together during the elementary school days – sort of. While able to “demonstrate good social skills” in school, James would erupt like a volcano from pent up frustration, anger, and tension once he entered his mother’s car for the drive home. With the stresses of school rippling through the entire family like a tsunami, it became clear that home schooling was necessary by middle school. Ever conscien-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 7
  • Foreword 9
  • What Is Asperger’s Syndrome? 13
  • Preface 17
  • Chapter One - Struggling 19
  • Chapter Two - The Road Home 34
  • Chapter Three - Moving Forward 42
  • Chapter Four - Socialization 51
  • Chapter Five - Making It All Work 61
  • Chapter Six - Practical Tips 72
  • Chapter Seven - Burnout 85
  • Chapter Eight - Stories and Reflections 92
  • Resources 109
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