All the professionals we have seen have said that homeschooling is the best option for him - that he would be more anxious in school, or that he would have a harder time focusing, or be "left behind" as his skill set is rather uneven, which is not unusual for people with ASD (or ADHD). I keep this thought in my mind as we have yet another argument about why NOW it is time for a lesson, when he wants to lay on his bed with his cat or hide in his closet. (Both of which are fine things that I encourage when he gets overwhelmed, but at some point, book learning needs to happen.)
|Taking a math tests in one of his comfort spaces|
With all his growing up going on, he is losing his interest in childhood things, like bringing neighborhood kids over to jump on the trampoline or play imaginative games. He is isolating himself more AND losing out on good physical activities. I have to ask him to get outside at all, and going on a walk is "pure torture", you know. This video is of my son and the child I babysit regularly, having some indoor physical fun!
I am going to have to try and find more grown up ways to get his movement in so that he can better regulate his mood and behaviors. Most boys get interested in being muscular in the teen years, right? I'm hoping to harness some of that. :) We are also looking into hosting service dogs (when they are puppies). This should encourage more outside time for all of us, and some added responsibilities. Besides...puppies! They are so cute, one can't help but smile and improve a mood.
We are also now able to go consistently to talk therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy) and holistic sensory therapy, as they are both local to us now. I'm really hoping this helps him through the rough days. And then there are good days, like today, when he did school without drama and got to take a trip with Daddy where this happened:
As your boys with special needs have entered the next phase of childhood, what changes did you have to make? If you homeschool, what extra challenges are you facing during this time?
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