Why I decided to homeschool my child with High Functioning Autism

Why I chose to homeschool my child with high functioning Autism

When your child isn’t average, their schooling might not look very average either.  Aging out of Early Intervention, at age 3, meant we would need to be included in public pre-k, or wait 2 more years (without services) hoping there were no regressions.  Being accepted into special education was a hard-fought battle.  When you have a child with High Functioning Autism, they tend to not qualify academically, or even under the autism diagnosis.

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Be a Flexible Thinker!

New resource + Giveaway + Sale!

Hello, everyone, I hope you are finding rest and peace this busy time of year. 🙂  I am a member of a great new support group for special needs moms and wanted to create a holiday giveaway that includes these new friends!  So if you are here to enter that, check the Rafflecopter widget below.  Click on over to my store to check out the resources available to win.

The entire store will be on sale from 12/16/17-12/19/17! Shop now to save 20% off everything (including already discounted bundles)!

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Working With Reluctant Writers – week 3

Fine Motor Skills Problems in your reluctant writer

My own son has always battled with low muscle tone.  His low muscle tone was first pointed out to us during his initial Early Intervention evaluations.  He began seeing a feeding speech therapist, and that helped us loads.  His fine motor skills, however, have never made as much progress as we would like to see.  Finding workarounds is important for us when his hands are becoming exhausted, but we still need to get some learning in.  Below are some tips to help you with your homeschool writing journey.

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Working with Reluctant Writers – week 2

“I don’t know what to write!”

One thing that keeps kids from writing is the fact that they struggle with organizing their thoughts.  Looking back now, at how I wrote papers I am just in utter disbelief.  I want to say that no one ever really taught me how to organize and pre-write… but then again, it could have been that my ADHD brain was checked out.  I honestly have no idea.

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Leave out the stress and still RSVP “Yes”.

Photo: Jenny Herman

Social gathering with special needs kids

I suppose the degree to which social events are stressful for your family and children depends on their specific challenges and each event, but I think we are all dealing with it on a weekly if not daily basis.  My general thoughts on having a social life: I get so very darn lonely.  I crave having an adult friend to just shoot the breeze with.  Sigh, but the idea of meeting new people, giving disclaimers about my kids’ behaviors, wondering if they are going to have a meltdown…. Just thinking about having to make conversation is beyond exhausting.  I’d rather crawl back in a cave and get on Social media with other Autism mamas.  The thing is, this seems to be the exact same thing I hear from most of these other special needs moms!

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