HELP!!! dyslexic and high functioning autism and two average siblings to school
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    Ingrid @ Desert Pathways is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Hello everyone!
    I need serious help, i have a 12 yr old who is dyslexic and has high functioning autism and the more i read on i think he has CAPD also...regular school is not working, too many noises, horrible bullying and the after school daycare put my son in a therapeutic hold that sent him to the emergency room!!!..even after all this i kept being told to keep him in school because he needed to learn how to be like everybody else....well, he isn't and as much as i would like for him to be average, i have finally got my head out of the clouds and realized that its not going to happen!...he is angry, he screams all the time, is depressed, calls himself stupid and is miserable...he is on a mood stabilizer now and it helps a little, but his self esteem is horrible!...he can not read past a 1st or second grade level but the schools insisted he keep being moved up to the next grade, so now he just basically warmed his desk while he zoned out because he could not read along in class or do his worksheets...and homework?...the teachers never sent any home at the public school even when i asked and when i asked them too which i never could get a straight answer why? I moved him to a charter schoo where he only had 9 children in their class but then they began to enroll children who have been in severe abuse situations and those children were having meltdowns and outbursts, but my son was expected to control himself and act "normal" like the others and not let it bother him!!!...i am not using his autism as a crutch but he really can not handle all the yelling and screaming and children saying they want to kill themselves!!... he flipped out when homework was sent home and we spent every night with tantrums and crying fits!...he seems excited about homeschooling and i have decided to start tomorrow with him and his younger brother and sister who are in fourth and second grade because they were being bullied too, mostly because of him and because we are american indian and the only ones within hundreds of miles..they seem to have a huge weight lifted off their shoulders since we have decided to do this...so these are my questions..#1. can i do this with only one computer and three kids and be done in five or six hours?...#2.should everything i need for my special needs child be on the website or do i need more tools to help him through?...#3 since we could not wait till the end of the school year to finish, where the heck do i start with them?... i am worried about my other two and their end of grade testing and am worried i have messed them up!...if anyone has any suggestions or advice i would greatly appreciate it...the home schooling looks so overwhelming but i can not put my children through this anymore and i feel my oldest son is just cruising through life without comprehending anything he has been taught..SCARY!!! We are looking forward to a calmer and more productive learning environment and i am glad i found time 4 learning!!....ingrid

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    Hi Ingrid,

    Welcome and sorry to hear that your kids had a negative school experience. I think they will be less stressed being at home. One-on-one learning is ideal for kids with special learning needs. I do suggest though, that to address the dyslexia you find a specialized research-based multisensory program such as Orton Gillingham or Lindamood Bell. If they aren't available in your area or are cost prohibitive, I know there is a version designed for homeschooling available called verticy (they have a website). In order to fill in the missing gaps and address the phonological awareness issue I'd recommend starting at the beginning level. I only have one child, so I can't comment about the one computer issue. It should work out if you supplement with other materials and have them do their reading and writing times while their siblings are on the computer. In terms of where to start I'd go ahead and try starting at your younger kids' next grade level and see how it goes. If it's too difficult, then back up a level. And, you can choose different grade levels for different subjects, depending on their needs. Another option is to look at the lesson plans and choose where to start them within their grade levels, based on where they left off at school. Anyhow, I hope this is helpful!

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    First of all, take some nice deep breaths. And THEN pat yourself on the back a little, or even give yourself some hugs. You are doing what you feel is best for your kiddos and that is ALWAYS the right decision. We moms have to trust our instincts, and if homeschooling seems like the right thing for now, then you can rest assured that it will all work out. I would actually suggest a few weeks of "de-schooling" before you jump right into your new curriculum. Give yourself those weeks to really explore Time4Learning, make some plans on how your family will share the computer, and go in and view lots and lots of lessons so you will get a true sense of where to place each child. The great thing about homeschooling is that it doesn't have to fit on a regular school schedule, so if you take a few weeks to let the kids de-stress, and you de-stress and prepare, then you can all start out fresh and with a handle on things. You can make those weeks up by simply schooling a little further into the summer...no biggie.

    No one homeschool curriculum can claim to be completely a complete educational solution, and Time4Learning is no different. For your child with dyslexia, I would highly recommend additional language arts remediation. One program that worked really well for us was "Saxon Phonics Remediation." You can often find it on ebay for quite a reduced price, too. But you could also get an outside reading specialist if that is something your family is able to afford. In general, T4L covers language arts and math...they add in science and social studies as a bonus in most grades. But you will probably want to find supplementary materials for things like: handwriting, physical education, music, art, etc. Check out this forum for great ideas on supplementals.

    Once you have had time to really explore the website, you will start to get a better sense of where to start your kids out. If they have already covered specific subjects in their public school classes, then obviously, those are lessons you can skip in T4L. I would definitely print out the detailed Scope and Sequence for each grade level and subject of your children and start making notes about what things they have and haven't learned. Then you will be able to start them back at a place that works best for them.

    I wish you the absolute best with everything!!! I hope this helps bring your family some much needed peace and normalcy again!!

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