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Homeschooling the Child With Asperger Syndrome Paperback – March 18, 2004
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The book is not comprehensive about any one particular topic, but gives practical and diverse starting-off points for many issues facing AS-affected homeschooling families, including tackling the mindset of teaching the "whole child" instead of just academics, how to choreograph tailored social opportunities for all ages and gauge their successes, childhoood depression vs. AS kids' real need for decompression and heaps of alone-time, how to keep a proper perspective and avoid burnout, how to model social skills in everyday situations, the concept of "learning styles" through the lens of Asperger's and how AS kids employ them in slightly different ways, lists of practical life-skills and social skills at various age and developmental levels, special issues to consider when homeschooling an AS child, lists of web sites that help with teaching face recognition/ idiom use/ communication/ "sensory diets," brief curriculum reviews, and many other subjects.
Again, it is amazing that so much information was successfully packed into such a slim volume. The author achieves this by employing the frequent use of well-organized and well-conceived bullet point lists, and the nearly dozen appendixes are a wealth of AS-specific information not just for American homeschoolers but for families in Australia, the UK and Canada as well.Read more ›
Lise and I lost touch throughout much of our adult lives, but when we reconnected some years ago, she was a wonderful source of support to me while I was homeschooling my daughter. (My kid is the one in the book who loved mules, when all the other little girls were into horses.) Every time I would email Lise, wondering whether I was doing the right thing or if I was on the right track, Lise would write back with positive observations that I had not been able to make myself. That's because I was in the thick of it--the everyday challenges of homeschooling made it hard for me to step back and make observations about the overall progress that was happening.
What I loved about Lise's book when it was later published is that it was just like the actual conversations we'd had, by email and in person, about homeschooling an Aspy. She is a practical, down-to-earth person who can wisely see how Asperger kids are able to flourish when they're taught at home, without the distractions, transitions, and other challenges that occur at school.
I'm happy to report that after about five years of homeschooling, my daughter was able to handle the social challenges of attending a private alternative school. The years when we home schooled prepared her for going out into the larger world.Read more ›
Lise Pyles is a homeschooling mom who has walked the road (as well as having had her child in school). She offers practical suggestions while deferring to experts where necessary. For those not currently homeschooling, she offers the reasons to consider homeschooling. For those already in the trenches, she offers continuing support. While this book certainly does not offer all the answers, it does give one confidence that homeschooling is a very real and desirable option for children with Aspergers. As Pyles states, "In the end, homeschooling is not a panacea, but it's an option worth considering, and it just could be one of the best decisions you will ever make for your special child."
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I bought this for a friend but she was very encouraged and excited to add it to her book of resources!Published 10 months ago by Deason K.
I had already been homeschooling my son for 2 years when I read this book, but it was still very helpful to me. Read morePublished on June 29, 2011 by Holli Lee
I found this book very helpful when I started investigating the option of homeschooling my son with Asperger's. Read morePublished on March 14, 2011 by C. Quinn
My wife and I are just starting the adventure of homeschooling our 13 yr old Asperger son. This book really made us feel more confident about our choice and helped narrow down our... Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Aspieparents
After repeated battles with teachers, administrators, and other assorted public school personnel my husband and I decided we needed to do something drastic to help our then... Read morePublished on March 19, 2010 by Dawn