Home schooling is one system of learning that has many benefits for children with Asperger syndrome. It allows you to control the progress of your child's development, especially for a child with Asperger's Syndrome (Pervasive Development Disorder, Neurobiological Disorder or Autism Spectrum of Disorders), or in addition to this syndrome, any child who has difficulties with communication, a lack of social relationship skills, and sensory sensitivities problems.
Here are some steps to homeschool a child with Asperger's syndrome
1. Prepare your child and yourself when you have made a decision to home school your child. Learn some information about home schooling; take some courses if it is necessary. Discuss it with your spouse, then tell to other children that you will home school your child with Asperger's syndrome.
2. Find out your child's learning style. There are three types of learning styles: Visual learning, Verbal learning and Kinesthetic learning. If you have found your child's learning style, you can find resources to help you teach your children. If your child is a visual learner, use pictures, videos, flash cards and eye contact. Verbal learners or auditory learners learn through listening, so use music, sounds, and songs to teach. Kinesthetic education is learning by doing, you have to be more active while teaching a child who has a kinesthetic learning style, so use sport, dance, some interactive games, and exploring the environment.
3. Teach your child based on the latest curricula, and adjust them to your child. You may get some curricula through online sources or home schooling organizations. Use tools that support learning activities such as stationery, cards, colored papers, crayons and textbooks. Teach with love and affection and with attention to discipline. Be friendly, stay focused, be cheerful, but remember that you are the parent and so the teacher for you child.
4. Create a schedule based on routines, because a child with Asperger's syndrome likes repetition, and it makes it easier for them to learn. Start from morning routines until lunch, take a nap then continue into the afternoon. Using a chart and lists with pictures or symbols could make it easy to understand.
5. Make notes on a regular basis about your child's progress and evaluate the progress periodically to see whether the teaching methods are fit to your child or you need to make some changes. It is helpful for planning the next lessons. But if you make a decision to change your teaching methods, follow up with some tests of your child. If the result is worse, make some changes.
6. Home schooling is not meant to isolate your child. Take time for outdoors activities, field trips and meeting some friends. Make plans to have play sessions with other home schooled children so that your child will learn how to socialize. Some outdoors activities could be educational such as visiting a museum, zoo, or botanical garden. Visiting libraries has many benefits too, and there are a lot of good books in there. Your child will be interested in reading and learning. Don't forget to take pictures, for some good memories.
7. You are not alone, ask for help when difficulties arise, ask the experts, teachers, psychologists, therapists or parents of children who have children with Asperger's syndrome. Join a support group in your area especially for the parents of a child with Asperger's syndrome.
In conclusion, home schooling a child with Asperger's syndrome is not the way to make your child different than other children, but it is a way to keep you close to your child by teaching them about everything. All depends on your skills, creativity, good will and your power of love.