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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Homeschooling & Aspergers
Educating Your Asperger’s Syndrome Child
If you are the parent of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, you have probably already met with some educational challenges. Parents want the best for their children, no matter what.
Children with Asperger’s Syndrome have educational and social struggles in school. They have different academics strengths and needs and different learning methods. In addition to subject matter, their adapting to a classroom and the array of interactions and stimulations in an institutional structure is a challenge.
Children with Asperger’s Syndrome are often visual learners. They often have poor fine motor skills, and writing is often a chore. Their math and language arts skills are often at different levels. They often learn routine social interaction behavior from observing others or through explicit instruction. Children with Asperger’s need a highly structured education plan.
If you are ready and able to do this at home...Well, wow!
Many parents are surprised when their bright Asperger’s children struggle in school. Often seen as "little professors" they are assumed to be "brilliant" and "bright beyond their years." This is not always the case. A child with Asperger’s Syndrome may read, calculate numbers, or do other concrete work at advanced levels, but when it comes to abstract thinking and social navigation, they struggle.