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Welcome to the board. I'm Chrystal, homeschooling a 2nd and a toddler. I've never used MFW, but I've heard wonderful things about it. Please let us know how it works for you when you get into it. Are there any areas specifically linked to the autism that you'd like to try to work on (not necessarily the 3 R's?)
Thank you for the welcome! As far as working on ds' autism issues, our main thing is coaching him through social situations, which is incredibly difficult for him; even after 2 years of intense ABA therapy he has virtually no understanding of appropriate behavior with peers. Its actually part of why we decided to homeschool: it just doesn't make sense to take a child with a toddler's social skills and place him in an environment where he would be expected to socialize like a 5-year-old. The school isn't able to provide him with the individual support he needs, so here we are. Other things like sensory issues, tantruming, stimming... they ebb and flow and are pretty much an inevitable part of autism, so we work on prevention and helping him learn coping skills. Our main priority though is making sure gets a fair shot at an education; with his particular issues, it just won't happen in a classroom setting. He's very intelligent and responds best to more informal teaching, so I think the Charlotte Mason-esque approach of MFW will suit us both.
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