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ERIC Number: EJ880859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Considering Homeschooling Your Child on the Autism Spectrum? Some Helpful Hints and Suggestions for Parents
Hurlbutt, Karen
Exceptional Parent, v40 n4 p20-21 Apr 2010
With the increase in the numbers of diagnosed children on the autism spectrum, schools are being challenged to provide proper educational services for these children. In Educating Children with Autism, the National Research Council recommended that educational programs for students with autism include three basic components. These are direct instruction of skills, behavior management using functional behavioral assessment and positive behavioral support, and instruction in natural settings. There are also a host of strategies and methods available today, and some of these include Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), sensory integration, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), social stories and other cognitive behavioral interventions, auditory integration therapy (AIT), TEACCH methods (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped CHildren), gluten- and casein-free diets, and supplemental vitamin therapy. Many parents have identified a therapy, method, or program they have found to be effective for working with their child, however, have experienced the school as being unable or unwilling to provide this treatment. More and more parents of children on the autism spectrum have become frustrated with the school system and have been exploring homeschooling as an option. The decision to homeschool is a lifestyle choice, not just an educational choice. It is a big decision to make but where do parents start? This article provides some recommendations that parents may want to take into consideration while making the decision to homeschool. (Contains 3 resources and 14 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Parents
Language: English
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