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.
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.
'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.
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 hmmmm dunno why im posting really... just taken aback by myself (thanks op and others for this info being available for me to see)