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    Default Anyone know anything about home schooling?

    Hi,

    I am a mum of a 4 year old boy with ASD. He is meant to start kinder next year, and then he will start school at age 6. He is very smart, and already reading and spelling at Grade 2 level.

    He is smart, but he struggles with abstract things, socialising and adjusting to change. He does not cope very well to inconsistency, and I have moulded myself around him and his needs.

    I was looking forward to him being able to start school, hopefully make friends and be able to be "like the other kids". His speech is getting better, but still not great and he struggles to make himself understood and to understand others. He currently does 2 days a week at day care.

    We have the option of enrolling him in to 2 different kinder's. I'm so over the "one size fits all approach" and the staff upsetting him, because he has to fit in like the other kids. He is compliant and very easy to deal with, you just need to understand what makes him tick and how to get him to understand, and he will do what is asked. It seems some staff think they know better than I do and its bad luck for him.

    So I have come to the conclusion of "stuff it, home schooling it is". My question is: Does anybody know if home schooled children need to attend a kinder, or can that be done from home too?

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    As far as I know, children are not compelled to attend school until 6 years of age, so I think kinder is optional.

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    Don't write off school due to daycare experiences. Lots of schools have vast experience in working with asd children. I've had many over the years with wonderful experiences. Can you go and visit some local schools to help you decide? I'm sorry you feeling unsupported, that really isn't right.

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    Can you also speak with a GP or someone who may know of schools in the area that are specialised in helping children like your son

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    Thankyou for replies. I live in a rural area, so there isn't a lot of options. I actually did go and visit the 2 schools in the area weeks ago, and found one I really liked. But I thought kinder was compulsory and that experience the other day made me see red. I'm very protective of my son, and if anyone is mean to him or bully's him it makes me so angry and I just want to protect him.

    We had a good experience a few days ago, when reluctantly we had to go back. The staff really made an effort and he had a good day, but I'm still thinking of home schooling.

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    As PP mentioned, full time schooling is not compulsory until a child is 6, until then you can keep your child at home each and every day if that's what you want. So really, you have quite a bit of time to decide what you feel will be best.

    As also already mentioned, school is quite different to daycare. For starters, teachers have at minimum 4 years of university study, while some childcare workers are certificate qualified or still studying. My experience teaching (and prior to that as a SNEA) in rural schools is they are generally very good at working with children with special needs. Basically, this is because they get lots of them, so they have to be. The reason they get lots of them is nothing cynical, just that there is no other school options for them due to geography. In a metro area parents might seek out a specialised school, but that's just not an option living rural.

    If you're not happy with the daycare, and you don't need him there to work etc, then give one of the Kindies a try (again, these should be run by a 4 year qualified teacher), see how he goes and reassess if you still think homeschooling will be the best choice.

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    I think being in a school setting is at least worth a shot. My nephew is ASD and is thriving at school. I wouldn't be so quick to "protect" and let him have a go.

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    I live in a rural area. The local school has 40 kids. 19 of them are special needs!! A lot travel from nearby towns as they like the smaller school settings, and the school likes the funding that goes with them.

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    No offence of course - just my opinion - but I agree that you shouldn't let a poor experience at daycare ruin the potential experience of kindy for your son. If he is academically on track, but socially behind given his asd, going to kindy will provide mental stimulation for him while helping him to learn how to socialise. At some point he is going to need to learn and delaying it can make it worse, as friendships form early. If you are a protective mum think of it as necessary training in socialisation so he can cope better with future socialisation at school.

    i am not trying to be rude, but my opinion (which you can disregard if you think best) is based on my own experience. My sisters son has asd and had quite a severe speech delay. My son doesn't have asd but he has a behavioural problem (possible add - yet to be diagnosed) which causes him to be both socially and academically behind despite his intelligence being high. Both my sisters son and my son did kindy and it went better than daycare. Asd kids may find it harder to communicate and make close friends, but they still have to learn to function in a social setting, and I think avoiding the situation is worse than trying to ease him into it slowly and early on.

    I won't lie - kindy was still challenging at times for my sister and I and our boys, and sure, our sons being protected at home would have made us feel better, but home schooling would have done no favours to our children in helping them learn social skills and coping mechanisms. Day care workers are generally underpaid and exhausted from long hours, kindergarten teachers are qualified and educated and I believe the shorter hours means they have more patience and passion for their jobs, which helps them to manage and understand our kids. I would recommend you give it a try, you can always pull him out if you change your mind but it may surprise you. You are lucky he is academically ahead. He will probably find the whole experience very interesting!
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    My ds2 has asd and ADHD and started school this year (in a autism classroom) i for a split second considered home schooling him but my feeling on the matter is he is behind socially as it is and if I stop all tricky situations for him as a child he will not be able to be a happy functioning adult. We are slowly integrating him into main****** atm he goes for an hour a day.


 

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