Penny of Not New to Autism

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Why do you homeschool?
A year ago this week, I was struggling with a several-year-long decision to homeschool a child who happens to be diagnosed with autism. We’d been using Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) with our child since she began kindergarten, and I had learned quite a bit about how communication plays out in development, with non-verbal, pre-speech foundations in place first. I was “thisclose” to finally making that homeschooling decision when I accompanied my child’s public school autism program to a nearby museum. Watching the staff members gripping the wrists of students who are “flight risks” and dragging them around the museum more than bothered me. But it was an experience on the bus ride to the museum that was THE catalyst for my decision to give homeschooling a try, so that we, at home, could focus on a neurodevelopmental approach to teaching a child on the autism spectrum, where we could concentrate on social learning as a priority, with cognitive learning as a second step, as it happens in development. Read the rest of the story here.

What’s your favorite…
Dessert: anything chocolate

Why do you blog?
I blog to help others avoid mistakes we made in autism intervention and to connect families with resources and resources with families.

Anything else you’d like to add?
We’re moving – the first time with kids – across the country.

What are your favorite posts, the ones most commented on or those that most tell your story?
Oldie Young Man on Bicycle
Homemade Weighted Vest

What have you reviewed for Timberdoodle?
Visual Perceptual Skill Building
Knot So Fast


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