Homeschooling the Child with Autism: Answers to the Top Questions Parents and Professionals Ask  -     By: Patricia Schetter, Kandis Liighthall
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Homeschooling the Child with Autism: Answers to the Top Questions Parents and Professionals Ask

Jossey-Bass / 2009 / Paperback

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Homeschooling the Child with Autism answers parents' questions about teaching children with autism spectrum disorders at home. Homeschooling is a big decision that impacts the entire family. This book addresses social, behavior, and organization skills and contains tips, suggestions, and resources from real-life parents who have successfully homeschooled their children with ASD. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0470292563
ISBN-13: 9780470292563
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Publisher's Description

This practical, highly accessible guide answers parents' and professionals' questions about teaching children with autism spectrum disorders at home. The book helps parents decide whether to homeschool and guides them through the process of beginning and maintaining an effective homeschool program. All the essential questions are addressed, such as:

  • How do you know if homeschooling is right for you and your child?
  • Which homeschool program is best for the child's learning style and needs?

  • How should a family get started?

  • What is the best way to address social, behavioral, and organizational skills when teaching a child with ASD?

  • When should you transition back to a traditional public school setting?

The book also contains tips and suggestions from real-life parents who have successfully homeschooled their children with ASD and includes lists of helpful resources for homeschoolers.

Praise for Homeschooling the Child with Autism

"Practical advice and a wealth of resources. This book provides a beacon of hope to families struggling with educational options for their child."
—Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D., endowed professor, University of California, Davis, M.I.N.D. Institute

"A must-read for parents and teachers who need guidance and encouragement while teaching children with ASD."
—Cathy Stenzel, mother of a son with autism

Author Bio

Patricia Schetter, M.A., is an educational consultant and instructor for the Special Studies in Autism program through UC Davis and the M.I.N.D. Institute.

Kandis Lighthall, M.A., is an educational consultant and teacher educator with more than 30 years' experience in special education.

Publisher Description

This practical, highly accessible guide answers parents' and professionals' questions about teaching children with autism spectrum disorders at home. The book helps parents decide whether to homeschool and guides them through the process of beginning and maintaining an effective homeschool program. All the essential questions are addressed, such as:

  • How do you know if homeschooling is right for you and your child?
  • Which homeschool program is best for the child's learning style and needs?
  • How should a family get started?
  • What is the best way to address social, behavioral, and organizational skills when teaching a child with ASD?
  • When should you transition back to a traditional public school setting?

The book also contains tips and suggestions from real-life parents who have successfully homeschooled their children with ASD and includes lists of helpful resources for homeschoolers.

Editorial Reviews

"This book will be invaluable to families choosing or considering a homeschooling option for their child with ASD. In an easily accessible question-and-answer format, the authors provide practical advice and a wealth of resources that will get parents started, support them through common challenges, and help them create a curriculum that meets not only the academic but also the social and behavioral needs of their child. This book provides a beacon of hope to families struggling with educational options for their child."
Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D., endowed professor, University of California–Davis, M.I.N.D. Institute

"This is an excellent sourcebook helping parents make informed decisions about homeschooling their children with ASD. Parents will learn how to schedule lessons across the day to incorporate social and academic learning in an environment that balances sensory and mental health needs. All parents, even those not considering homeschooling, will fi nd this book helpful, as it encourages us to foster active learning in the home environment."
Michelle Garcia Winner, founder of the Social Thinking treatment approach and speech language pathologist, San Jose, CA

"A must read for parents and teachers who need guidance and encouragement while teaching children with ASD!"
Cathy Stenzel, mother of son with autism

"I appreciated reading well-researched information on the home school experience that actually follows the rules."
Diane Youtsey, director of special education, Eureka (CA) Union School District

"This book is a ‘life-line’ to parents who homeschool children with autism. The authors have wonderful insight, recommendations, and thoughtful ideas for these parents."
Debbie Baehler, autism specialist, Lassen County (CA) Offi ce of Education

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