Home Educating Our Autistic Spectrum Children: Paths are Made by Walking

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Kitt Cowlishaw, Terri Dowty
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Sep 15, 2001 - Education - 304 pages

Mainstream educational provision for children on the autistic spectrum can be inadequate or inappropriate, and an increasing number of parents dissatisfied with the education system are looking elsewhere for an approach that will suit their children's needs. In this book parents who have chosen the home education option for their children on the autistic spectrum candidly relate their experiences: how they reached the decision to educate at home, how they set about the task, and their feelings about the issues raised by their actions.

Alongside these personal accounts, Home Educating Our Autistic Spectrum Children includes a supplementary chapter on getting started with home education, written by a former advisory teacher for special needs, which offers a wealth of helpful tips and answers frequently voiced questions about teaching materials, curricula and socialisation. A separate chapter on home education and the law provides solid practical advice on legal rights and relations with the education authority.

This sympathetic, readable book aims to give parents whose children are not receiving appropriate support at school the confidence to consider home education as a realistic option. The balance between true stories and practical advice ensures that this invaluable book will inspire and inform.


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1 Introduction
2 So whats the problem with school?
3 Square pegs dont fit round holes Roberts story
4 Home truths Stephens story
5 Is this normal? Kevins story
6 But will he ever speak to me? Gregs story
7 In the real world its OK to be different Alexs story
11 The difficult child Alexandras story
12 Three springs for a summer Davids story
13 Liberated by the label Marks story
14 Living without the label
15 Ive decided to home educatewhat do I do next?
16 An outline of the law and practice of homebased education
17 Finding support and information
The Contributors

8 An inspiration to us all Matthews story
9 Once a homeschooler always a homeschooler Johns story
10 Being himself Tristans story
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About the author (2001)

Terri Dowty is a musician and writer who lives in London and home educates her two sons. Her previous writings include Free Range Education: How Home Education Works. Kitt Cowlishaw obtained her degree in Linguistics from the University of Michigan. She was the creator of the first Computing for the Terrified course, which she launched at Oxford University in 1985 while on secondment to Somerville College as the IBM Visiting Fellow in Information Technology.