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newbie! how do I start HE?

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iwearflairs Tue 21-Oct-08 22:10:55

DS is 4 with HFA (probably Aspergers) and high ability in Maths and reading. I am considering HE for his reception year and possibly further but don't know how to go about it. Do I have to inform anyone? How do I find out what the curriculum is?

Also, he has big problems socialising - partly why I think he would be more comfortable at home - but is it a bad idea to take him out of school? I am thinking maybe he could benefit from a year to develop emotionally a bit more and socialise in smaller groups outside of school.

Very grateful for any views and advice.

deco Tue 21-Oct-08 22:17:30

if he's not at school yet then no you don't have to do anything/inform anyone. and tbh i wouldn't worry about the curriculum too much.

you need to talk to julienoshoes she HEds her children, think there's also a website called freerange education or something like that!

sorry i can't be of more help. i hope you find the best solution for you little one x

deco Tue 21-Oct-08 22:18:01



julienoshoes Tue 21-Oct-08 22:37:13

hello iwearflairs

There are loads of people who home educate their children who have Aspergers/HFA
Take a look at the Home Education Special Needs website and follow the link to the email support list there. You will find advice and support from the real experts in home educating children with SEN-the parents who are actually doing it!
I really can't recommend that support list highly enough.

There are so many families following this path now, there is even a book about it! Home Educating Our Autistic Spectrum Children: Paths are made by walking edited by Terri Dowty

'In "Home Educating Our Autistic Spectrum Children", parents who have chosen to home educate their children with autism or Asperger's syndrome candidly relate their experiences: how they reached the decision to educate at home, how they set about the task, and how it has affected their lives. Following these personal accounts, the final chapters offer practical advice on getting started with home education, legal advice from an expert in education law, and contact details of support organisations'

It is my experience that home education really suits children like yours, as they can socialise in groups on their own terms-without being in a noisy classroom, with distractions and irritations. It seems to me that school based education can be very difficult for children on the autistic spectrum. I know it was for mine.
They were deregistered 8 years ago and are now aged 21, 19 and 16. Home based education has been a brilliant success for us. Each child has followed their own individual learning path and we have no regrets at all- I just wish I had never sent them in the first place!

Does that answer your questions?
Shout if you want to ask anything else.

julienoshoes Tue 21-Oct-08 22:47:27

sorry didn't answer your other questions.
If your child has not been registered at a school and you have not accepted a place, you do not need to inform anyone.

I'd suggest having a look at the main two websites Education Otherwise and HE-UK

There are many ways to home educate, some people do follow the curriculum and some do 'school at home' but many others let their children learn through living life.

I have just answered another thread, mentioning
One-to-one: A Practical Guide to Learning at Home Age 0-11
By Gareth Lewis, Lin Lewis. that might be of help, but I'd strongly recommend you read Alan Thomas' latest book How Children Learn at Home

iwearflairs Tue 21-Oct-08 23:01:46

Thanks deco and Julienoshoes -- that is a mine of information, very much appreciated. Feeling much encouraged.

julienoshoes Tue 21-Oct-08 23:05:11

My pleasure

I have just bumped the threads about books/websites about home ed and finding other home educators for you to read as well.

LadyLaGore Fri 31-Oct-08 15:13:11

i am considering this
i must be mad
i have just ordered some books from amazon
will read them and see from there
dp thinks im mad i think
dunno why im posting really... just taken aback by myself
(thanks op and others for this info being available for me to see)

onwardandoutward Fri 31-Oct-08 16:03:09

how exciting!!!!

Runnerbean Sat 01-Nov-08 10:01:32

^i must be mad^

Yes that is exactly how I felt 28 months ago LLG.
But it passes then you'll just think people who send their kids to school are 'mad'.


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