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4/11/2013 2:32:43 PM
Faith Berens--HSLDA
Your Struggling Learner--April is Autism Awareness Month

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HSLDA's Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner Newsletter
April 2013--April is Autism Awareness Month
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By Faith Berens,
HSLDA Special Needs Consultant

Did you know that about every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed with
autism ? About 1 in 80 children are diagnosed with autism. April is
Autism Awareness Month, so I thought I would share some wonderful
resources to assist the many families we talk to who are homeschooling
children on the autism spectrum!

Our Struggling Learner/Special Needs Department exists to equip and
encourage families who are homeschooling children with special needs.
In this newsletter, I would also like to introduce you to some parents
who have homeschooled or are currently homeschooling children with
special needs, as they offer much hope, inspiration, and helpful
ideas.

First, let me introduce you to Sharon Hensley, if you are not already
familiar with her. Sharon is a homeschooling mother, special
education teacher and learning specialist, who has authored the book,
"Home Schooling Children with Special Needs." Her oldest daughter,
Allison, is on the autism spectrum. Sharon has a fabulous website
with lots of curricula, resources, and teaching materials available at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18043

Next, I am pleased to share Lise Pyles' book, "Homeschooling the Child
with Asperger Syndrome." Lise shares many practical ideas, teaching
methods, encouragement, step-by-step directions on how to improve your
child's social skills, and much more.

Lastly, I would like to offer Kristi Chrysler's book, "Autism:
Recovery Against All Odds." Kristi resides in Florida and is a
certified health coach, homeschooling mom of five, as well as a
speaker. In her inspiring book, Kristi shares her family's journey of
autism diagnosis and treatment. I love that she offers reflective
questions, Scriptures for encouragement, and ideas for families to
make a difference in the lives of others in their communities who are
touched by autism.

Curricula Ideas:

> Model Me Kids http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18044 , program for
teaching social skills

> Rethink Autism http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18045 , Is a
Functional Curriculum; has a home use option for homeschooling
families; based on ABA therapy;

> Time 4 Learning http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18046 ; an online,
computer based curriculum

> Switched On School House, through Alpha Omega, is a popular
homeschool curriculum; computer based; many parents with children on
the autism spectrum use it and enjoy it.

> For math, perhaps your child would respond well to Teaching
Textbooks, which is a computer-driven curriculum. Also, be sure to
check out the Trigger Memory System DVDs for learning math facts!

Publishers and vendors that carry curricula and materials related to
autism:

> Woodbine House, http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18047 They have
lots of resources, curricula, and good materials. They have a great
book titled "Activity Schedules for Children with Autism."

> Mayer-Johnson, http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18048 and Don
Johnston, http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18049 both carry
materials and curricula, as well as adaptive equipment and assistive
technology specific for children on the spectrum.

> Super Duper Publications, http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18050
They carry teaching materials, speech and language games, activities
and resources.

> Attainment Company, http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18051 They
carry adaptive equipment, teaching DVDs, curriculum, and teaching
materials such as alternative curricula and life skills.

> Lingui Systems, http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18052 This
company offers speech and language materials and programs to address
social skills, expressive language, and receptive language, as well as
auditory processing difficulties, and more.

Some Helpful Websites:

> Different Roads to Learning http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18053

> Learning Abled Kids http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18054

> Autism Inspiration http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18055
> Autism Speaks http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18056

> Autism Society of America http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18057

> Center for the Study of Autism
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18058

For more information and resources, please be sure to visit our
Struggling Learner website, http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18059
Please feel free to contact our department again if we can be of
further assistance to you.

Blessings,

Faith Berens
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