I have been home schooling for over 12 years. I have always home schooled both of my children. Home schooling has been the best thing for our family and especially for my son with autism. Over the years, I have researched and utilized many types of therapies and educational approaches (including ABA/DTT/Verbal Behavior, neurodevelopmental therapy, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, diet, supplements, chelation, social skills therapy, Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), neurofeedback, Linda Mood-Bell Visualizing & Verbalizing, and more). I incorporate components of many of them into my son's home school program. I decided to offer my services as a home school consultant for families with a special needs child because I find that the home schooling option seems to be one of those "mysteries" that no one really knows much about. I believe that I can shed some light on this topic and help families who are not satisfied with their child's current academic progress or social experience.
I encourage any parent who is thinking about home schooling to give it a try. Do your research, make a plan, and ask for help if you need it. You know your child better than anyone and you can do it. And remember, it doesn't have to be a forever decision. Many parents home school for a few years to get their children up to speed academically and to work on social skills in a more controlled setting before sending their children to school. As author John Holt says, "To rescue a man lost in the woods, you must get to where he is." We must start with where our children ARE, not where they should be. If they are not succeeding academically and socially in school, then consider bringing them home where they can experience academic and social success in a comfortable environment. For some children, just being removed from the stressful school environment allows them to focus their attention on learning instead of surviving.
I am here to help, so please don't hesitate to contact me if you need to know what to do next. As far as references are concerned, I am listed as a Special Needs Consultant with Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and have been consulting families of children with and without special needs for many years. I do have some client testimonials posted on this site and am adding more all the time. I can also provide you with references from current clients -- just send me an email. I work with families nationwide and internationally via email and phone (including Skype) consultations. So send me an email. I hope to hear from you soon.
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Disclaimer: Although there are many parents with comparable experiences, the information presented on this website reflects the experiences and opinions of one parent. It is provided for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical or legal advice. Every parent should do his or her own research and act according to his or her own circumstances. Mary is not offering professional advice nor is she liable for damages.