Homeschooling has become an increasingly more popular form of education in the United States with many parents assuming the role of educator. If you are considering a homeschooling program for a child with autism, it is important to understand not only the impact the curriculum may have from an academic standpoint, but also what other emotional and spiritual lessons can be taught.
Lesson plans for autistic children can be obtained through many non-for-profit organizations that specialize in education of special needs children. But, finding the right lesson plans for autistic children – including your own child – may be as easy as contacting your local private, religious-affiliated, school. In many ways, the private schools have curriculums that can be adapted for autistic children and many even offer accelerated distance learning as a way to support the programs you have at home.
The Catholic homeschool curriculum, for example, provides not only a foundation in the basic science, math, social studies, and English, but also encourages lessons on emotional health and spiritual health. Even if your family does not practice the Catholic faith, this type of emotional and spiritual education, using the Catholic homeschool curriculum, may go a long way in helping your autistic child become more social.
Your child’s therapist can offer suggestions on lesson plans for autistic children and where they can be obtained with a religious based affiliation. Before using any program, be sure to check with your child’s therapist, your child’s pediatrician, and with other parents of autistic children, as these sources can provide information and support as you pursue this endeavor in homeschooling.
The key to a successful homeschooling program lies in the focus of solid educational lesson plans for autistic children. When considering sources from organizations that specialize in information on autism, be sure to ask about religious based curriculums. In doing so, you are providing your child with the foundation on which to build an education as well as a spiritual and emotional connection with those in their lives as well as the higher power associated with your personal religion and faith.
Sources: Homeschooling the Child with Autism, by Patricia Schetter