When it comes to your child’s schooling, you want them to receive the best education possible in an environment that supports their learning style and encourages their success.
If your child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), homeschooling can be a great opportunity for you to give them the extra care and attention they need to tackle their lessons with confidence.
Homeschooling your child with ASD allows you to have complete control over their education, tailoring their lessons and course work to best meet their needs and learning styles. More than that, your child doesn’t have to feel the pressures of expectations that come with traditional schooling. You get to spend more time together, building a brighter future for them.
Here are our tips for homeschooling your child with ASD:
Make the most of fixations
It’s common for children with ASD to get fixated on a certain topic or interest. Use this to your advantage by incorporating their fixations into your lessons. Making an effort to encourage and incorporate their interests will get them excited about learning and help them make connections between their lessons and the world at large.
Keep to a routine, with plenty of time for breaks
Consistency can be so important for children with ASD. Starting and ending your school day at the same time and following a specific routine will help keep your child focused and excited to learn. Keep the schedule somewhere where your child can always see it, and make sure to set aside plenty of time for breaks so they don’t get overwhelmed.
Give your child some of the control
One of the biggest benefits to homeschooling your child with ASD is giving them the confidence to take control of their education and figure out how they learn best. Give your child opportunities to make some of the decisions and choose which topics they’re most interested in. It’ll keep them more engaged and create excitement for their lessons.
Create opportunities for socialization
Like all children, your child with ASD needs opportunities for socialization to learn personal skills and connect to the world around them. As their parent and their teacher, it’s up to you to create opportunities for your child to leave the classroom and socialize with their peers. This is a great chance to use their interests to create exciting excursions that will keep them engaged with their lessons while having fun.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
In the homeschooling process, it’s so important to remember that you’re not alone. If you need help, ask for it! There are countless resources for you to ask questions and find guidance as you homeschool your child with ASD.
The South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools has been offering expert advice and academic planning for homeschool families for the last 30 years. We have extensive experience working with children with ASD, and we can help you find the right direction for you and your child. Reach out to one of our trained counselors today to find the path that’s right for you.