Why We Don’t Consider Homeschooling Our Autistic Son
March 25, 2016
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March 25, 2016
So part of what you are about to read was buried in an blog post from last spring where I was complaining about a rough IEP meeting we had just come from and at that time somebody asked “why don’t you just homeschool him?”
However, I thought now was the time to make it its own blog post because at least once a week somebody will ask in the comments if we’ve ever considered homeschooling our 12 year old severely autistic, non verbal son.
And while we are extremely happy with his new school this year, we’ve had some issues here and there with a few of his majesty’s previous schools. Some minor issues and a few major ones.
However even during some of those rough times at the other schools we have never ever considered homeschooling him.
Why you ask?
Well I’m sure that I (or most likely wifey) will take a lot of sh*t for this but here goes…
Homeschooling our 12 year old is really, truly not an option for us. I don’t think either of us are mentally strong enough to do it. I know that I’m not, and wifey wants no part of it either.
We like being his mom & dad. I think we do a damn good job at being his mom & dad. And even just being mom & dad of the king is not that easy.
We’ve found our way over the past 10+ years of being autism mommy & autism daddy…
But to add teacher onto our roles? I know I’m gonna take sh*t for this, but it’s just not feasible.
The king needs a happy, mentally healthy mom & dad, and if we had to think about teaching him 4-6 hours a day I think we’d lose more of our marbles.
For those of you that are strong enough to do it I applaud you, I am jealous of you, I am impressed by you, and I tip my cap to you.
We just can’t do it.
If I’m being brutally honest there’s just not enough happy pills that we could take to make homeschooling feasible…
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
So the next time someone asks in the comments why we don’t homeschool our kid, you can all send them the link to this blog post.
Now I will prepare myself to be crucified in some of the comments.
Written byFrank Campagna
I’m a 48 year old neurotypical dad with a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-).