Choosing Home: Deciding to Homeschool with Asperger's Syndrome

By Martha Kennedy Hartnett | Go to book overview

Preface

The purpose of this book is to bring an important message to the families of children with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). The message is that homeschooling is an effective educational option available to them. Many parents with Asperger’s children have found that, by utilizing homeschooling, their children’s lives (and their own) have become happier and learning takes place with greater success.

As they watch their child’s self-image and confidence improve, parents find that the stresses of dealing with the school system no longer dominate their own lives. In the world of homeschooling there are no learning disabilities. You simply do what needs to be done for your child to learn in a comfortable and stress-free environment – his own home.

Homeschooling is definitely not for everyone. It often means a change in lifestyle and parental burnout is always looming. If managed well, however, home education can be a vehicle for greater learning and better social development. It offers an opportunity for you and your Asperger’s child to share a wonderful world of knowledge and love.

Most people reading this book will be the parents or caregivers of children who have already received a diagno-

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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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