Originally Sent: 4/11/2013
April 11, 2013
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April is Autism Awareness Month
By Faith Berens,
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.
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.
Publishers and vendors that carry curricula and materials related to autism:
Some Helpful Websites
For more information and resources, please be sure to visit our Struggling Learner website, Please feel free to contact our department again if we can be of further assistance to you.
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