When homeschooling your child with autism, one of the biggest decision that you need to come to terms with is whether or not you feel at ease knowing that you are taking full responsibility for your child’s educational outcome. The education of your child no longer rests with the school. It is now entirely yours.
It is your responsibility to choose and decide on your child’s curriculum, materials as well as method of teaching. You will have to research and create your own materials. You will have to research and experiment on different ways and manner of delivering and presenting your subject matters. And most importantly, you need to find the best way for your child to understand the subject that you are teaching him.
It goes without saying then that you need to feel comfortable in being your child’s teacher. You need to be aware of every responsibility that you are taking on your shoulders so you will not be caught off guard. The last thing that you want to do is to dive into homeschooling without understanding all the responsibilities that you are taking on.
It is not just choosing the curriculum nor presenting the subject matter to your child. You also have to deal with assigning homework and checking them. You also have to deal with providing exercises and tests for your child as well as grading these.
In addition, you also have to consider the fact that homeschooling your child may require you to travel and to network with others in your efforts to find the best resources and activities for your child. As you are now responsible for assessing the appropriateness and quality of resources and activities, there will be times when you may feel the need to explore other options especially when you feel that what is available locally does not fully match your child’s needs.
While it is always ideal to have training in the field of education, this is often not required. In fact, many parents who homeschool their child do have formal training. What they have is an inherent desire to teach their child and a deep interest in their child’s education.