Imagine trying to learn in an environment full of overwhelming sounds, feelings, smells, and incomprehensible language. Imagine going to school with Asperger’s syndrome. Today’s guest on Home School Heartbeat joins host Mike Smith to discuss how homeschooling could help your Asperger’s child.
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HSLDA Special Needs Coordinator Dianne Craft joins me again today. Dianne, on our last program, you described what Asperger’s syndrome is. Parents whose child struggles with Asperger’s may wonder—is homeschooling a feasible option? What would you tell them?
Well, many parents find the best educational setting for these wonderful children is at home. Since these children are often very curious, even gifted learners, at home they’re free to explore the topics of interest to them. Also, peer relationships aren’t their strength; they’re not distracted from the learning by the constant need to interact with their peers. Their siblings and parents become their friends. They learn appropriate social interaction in the home setting. And since many of these children suffer with sensory processing problems, it’s better for them to be educated in a setting free from the unsettling atmosphere of a crowded school room. At home, you can give your child a set schedule for the day, so he knows what to expect—which will give him a good level of comfort. It’s also the best setting in which to pinpoint dietary issues that may be contributing to your child’s behavior.
Dianne, that’s great news for parents of an Asperger’s child. Thanks for sharing that with our listeners! And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.