Lee Anne - posted on 03/19/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )
Hey everyone! I'm looking for some advice and input on whether or not I should homeschool my 10 yr old with Asperger's syndrome. He is like most children with AS in that he's very academically smart, but has little social sense and has behaviors related/caused by the AS that get him in trouble at school.
I'm torn b/c I know how much he needs the social skill development that being in a traditional classroom can provide, but I'm so exhausted from dealing with the teacher, principal, counselor, etc. at least once a week. We have an IEP, and even had an IEP addendum conference a month after the IEP was put in place, but I can tell that the school is very frustrated with him and it breaks my heart every day. Especially since 98% of his "behavior" is a direct result of his not having learned the skills to effectively cope when he is overwhelmed with an emotion or overloaded from a sensory issue.
Do any of you gals/guys homeschool your autistic/asperger's child? What do you think about it? We have 5 children, so my 4 yr old and 10 yr old would be here with me and the other 3 would continue in their current elementary/middle school.
Thanks for all your help and ideas! :)