We know you’re out there! You parents who have a desire to get your autistic child out of the public school system and bring them home to homeschool. You’ve been told, just as Penny Rogers was, that homeschooling is not an option for children with special needs. If this is your situation, then sit down with a warm cup of coffee (or tea!) and enjoy the uplifting discussion between Trish and Penny as they discuss Penny’s journey from public school to homeschool with her autistic son. You’ll learn about Penny’s frustrations with public school and why she began homeschooling. You’ll hear how getting an official diagnosis can be beneficial. You’ll even get some suggestions for choosing the right curriculum to use with your child with autism.
Penny offers encouraging words to new homeschoolers who don’t know where to begin and tells why setting goals is vital as you begin your homeschooling lifestyle. You’ll hear about the importance of putting your relationship with your child first (yes, even above their education), why it is important to give yourself grace, and the beauty of scheduling according to your needs rather than feeling tied to a more traditional schedule. You’ll find comfort in knowing that Penny has got you covered with tips and tricks for navigating autismland that you probably won’t find anywhere else. (For example, did you know that you are legally required to register your autistic son for the draft when he reaches the age of 18? No? Neither did I!) Listen in for so much great information for homeschooling and especially for homeschoolers of kids with autism. You’ll be so glad you did!
Penny Rogers is a homeschooling mom, parent of a child with autism, speaker, and consultant at Our Crazy Adventures in Autismland. She provides resources, assistance, and encouragement for parents with children on the autism spectrum as well as homeschooling parents. She has “been there and done that” and is thriving in a world where she can bring her hard-earned experience to those who can benefit from her wisdom and experience.
Meet the Guest
Penny Rogers blogs in Our Crazy Based on her own personal and sometimes difficult experiences having a child with autism, She hopes to educate other families of children with autism on how to navigate their world from pre diagnosis to adulthood.
Show notes are below.
This episode is sponsored by Apologia. We are HUGE fans of Apologia and we both have used this curriculum throughout our homeschool journeys. This series is literally our favorite science series offered in the homeschool arena. We encourage you to spend a few minutes visiting their site to see why. Or visit our website to see the many articles we have written about it.
Quotes from Penny Rogers
When you get the diagnosis, you have to remember that he was still the same child…as before when we didn’t know [he had autism]. He’s still your child. You’re going to grieve a little bit because it’s a shock to hear. But then, once you do that, you adapt to how they learn.
You just have to learn that it’s always short lessons, lots of breaks, and then you have to find their chronological verses developmental age.
I often tell people not to get a boxed curriculum because in every subject he’s going to be at a different level.
All of our therapies, all of our curriculum, everything went toward making Logan as independent as he could be at age 18.
The number one thing you have to remember is that the relationship with your autistic child trumps anything academic.
No matter what I was teaching my kids, my relationship with my kids was always more important.
You’re with each other 24/7, you never get a break. You have to remember that you’re their mom first and you want a relationship with them.
Resources mentioned in the podcast and other important links
- Write Shop
- Teaching Textbooks
- Apologia Science
- Trail Guide to Learning
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