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Choosing Home: Deciding to Homeschool With Asperger's Syndrome 1st Edition

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This is a very encouraging book for anyone who doubts their ability to home educate a child with Asperger's, or who may be fearful about not being able to cope with the demands from their child 24/7. It is well worth sifting through for the wise insights and practical tips. In addition the author promotes the idea of self care for the weary parent. A nicely balanced, positive book. -- Education Otherwise Choosing Home will empower parents with its realistic portrayal of the challenges and rewards of homeschooling a child with Aspergers. -- Home Education Magazine

About the Author

Martha Kennedy Hartnett is the mother of a child with Asperger's Syndrome. She has successfully home schooled her son for six years - he has graduated and is now in his second year of college. Martha is actively involved with the Asperger's Association of New England, USA, as the Home Education Contact Person, offering support and assistance to families considering home education for their child. She is a member of the New Hampshire Homeschool Coalition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (January 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843107635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843107637
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great book for helping decide when and why to take an Asperger's child out of school. This book covers many of the personal, psychological, or emotional "roadblocks" parents sometimes face when deciding whether or not to homeschool. Personal stories attest to family success in homeschooling children with Asperger's Syndrome. The nice thing about this book is that the author still allows parents to decide for themselves about whether or not to homeschool.
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I liked that "Choosing Home" is an unbiased view for those considering homeschooling their Asperger child. Hartnett even says in her book that homeschooling is not for everyone. I also liked that she touches on the importance of following our intuition about what is best for our child, and not being pressured into schooling choices based on what others think is best. Harnett does a great job of covering the socialization question, when it comes to homeschooling. She says, "The goal in home educating an AS youngster is to feed him varied social situations in manageable doses. Doses' of exposure to negative on reduced level giving the AS person the chance to actually hurdle them". I found her explanation really helpful, because you would think homeschooling an AS child would be the worst thing for them socially. Harnett also gives practical tips to those who are or will be homeschooling their child, and covers how to not face burnout.
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This book was recommended to me when I was considering homeschooling my child with Asperger's.
The stories were interesting but it wasn't the type of book I needed at the time. If you are looking for a narrative or testimonial and some general info it is ok but if you are looking for specific information about curriculum, techniques or programs this book isn't particularly helpful.
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This was a quick easy read with inspiring true stories. If you have had even a brief thought of homeschooling you should read this book.
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Very informative and eye-opening. Well worth it, I read it more than once.
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