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October 27th, 2015, 08:09 PM
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Join Date: Oct 2007
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Hi everyone---I used to be active on JM years ago, and just logged back in tonight. I have 3 kids, ages, 4, 7, and 10. We have just this past month moved our 7 year old from our great private school to homeschool with me. It has been quite an adjustment---We are in the middle of going through some testing with him, and we have believed for years that he is most likely high functioning Aspergers. THUS, why traditional school has always been a struggle for him. However, home school has been a struggle too I was a high school teacher before having kids, so I understand how to teach, but this is a whole new ballgame! He is VERY advanced and he has already tested out of the first 2-3 quarters of 2nd grade curriculum for most of the subjects. Anyway, here I am looking to connect with others in similar situations.
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December 5th, 2015, 08:07 AM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 412
I have also just became active again and also have an asd kid. He's 13 and getting A's in tenth grade work. He switched to virtual school when he hit high school level. My suggestion is take him as far ahead as he's willing/able to go because he may get stuck at some point. It took my son years to get through algebra because he had to learn/accept there ARE veritable in math. He still hates algebra but he finally got through it with a B this past October. When he finishes high school math and English he'll start college electives to give him a taste of what college will be like as it takes him longer to adjust to new things.
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December 22nd, 2015, 10:15 AM
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Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Arizona
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Hi! My situation is not too similar to yours but I had great success letting my son take the lead in his education. I'll summarize my story.

I pulled my son out of school in 4th grade because he was diagnosed with ADHD and I felt a strong push from the school to medicate. In reality I felt he was just a boy who didn't like sitting in a seat being told what to do. Anyhow, when I first took him out it was a struggle because he hated learning, he hated reading and math and memorizing facts. I started letting him have a say in what we do, I let him help choose the curriculum we used for various subjects and that helped ALOT. And Today besides Math, reading and writing, I let him have complete control over what he learns as long as he's learning. I let him make stop action films, build his legos, I let him write comics and I support those hobbies and get him as much material as possible so he can improve himself. It's been amazing because he actually loves learning now and loves his math and reading too

Also just a tip that made a huge difference for us; I've learned not to stand over Chris' shoulder while he's working and not to correct all mistakes he makes. I don't want to correct him too much and in reality it's perfectly ok to make mistakes and I didn't want to give him a complex where he didn't want to learn new things because he was afraid of mistakes. Besides kids can make connections and correct their own mistakes as time goes on. So for subjects like spelling and math he does those on the computer (if he gets less than 85% he redoes the lesson but I never act disappointed) and when he writes for fun I never correct spelling and grammar unless he asks me to.
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April 8th, 2017, 05:04 AM
Join Date: Dec 2014
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At what point did you guys know that they are gifted? One of my students has Aspergers but the parents haven't been too open about speaking to me about him. He does well with coloring and letter recognition but he seems to be lost in his own world sometimes.
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