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Bobbi Sheahan made the decision to homeschool before she knew her daughter had autism. Since then, she has worked to help other parents with kids on the spectrum learn how best to teach them everything from traditional subjects to navigating relationships.
Advice for parents new to homeschooling:
– Relax, and take plenty of time to get to know your child.
– Learn your child’s rhythms, and what time of day works best for them to learn.
– Study your child to find out what they enjoy.
– Consider what sorts of materials (manipulatives, etc. ) would work best for your child.
– Every child, autistic or not, has their own learning style. Get to know your child’s style.
– Pay attention to how much seat work would be reasonable to expect from your child.
– Spend time outside whenever possible; more traditional schooling can be done on days weather isn’t good for outdoor play, and things like memory work can be done while jumping on a trampoline or swinging, etc.
– Make sure curriculum and materials are a good fit for your child. There is no “right” curriculum!
Society perpetuates a false idea of an “ideal” child; many children do not fit this picture, and that’s okay! Bobbi reminds us that our children are exactly how God made them to be.
For more information:
– Watch another interview with Bobbi’s on Autism 101:
– Read more about deschooling: