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Home Educating Our Autistic Spectrum Children: Past, Present and Futures: Paths Are Made by Walking [Paperback]

Terri Dowty
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13 Nov 2008 1843100371 978-1843100379
Mainstream educational provision for children on the autistic spectrum can be inadequate or inappropriate. An increasing number of parents dissatisfied with the education system are looking elsewhere for an approach that will suit their children's needs. In "Home Educating Our Autistic Spectrum Children", parents who have chosen to home educate their children with autism or Asperger's syndrome candidly relate their experiences: how they reached the decision to educate at home, how they set about the task, and how it has affected their lives. Following these personal accounts, the final chapters offer practical advice on getting started with home education, legal advice from an expert in education law, and contact details of support organisations

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley (13 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843100371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843100379
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, reassuring and non-patronising! 25 Jan 2002
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Taking the leap into the unknown as far as Home Teaching is concerned must rate up there with that moment when you realise that you are in labour and there is no going back. While teaching your average child at home would seem absolutely crazy idea on times, those of us with "special" children are up against the establishment and professionals too. This book is packed with heart warming accounts of parents of special children of very differing abilities and how they succeeded where "formal" education had failed. It has useful chapters on finding support, information and reading resources. The chapter on the Law in England and Wales is well written, clear and concise. I'm glad to have read this book so early on in my education! It's nice to know you are not alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Praise the Lord. 7 Nov 2003
I was only two pages into this book when I shouted out "at last".
This is a must read for anyone who feels they are banging their head against a brick wall with the School or family. I have spent so long being told I am over protective of my son. Being patted on the head by Teachers and feeling useless. Having the "we're the professionals leave it to us" talk, and all the time feeling deep down something was wrong and I needed to do something. It won't give you all the answers on how to home educate, but it will make you feel a lot more empowered and ready to face the opportunity if you so wish. I love it, take my word buy it, you won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gave me the courage to do what I knew was right! 30 Mar 2005
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Excellent book. Had been thinking about home educating my child for about 2 years but was always too scared to take the plunge. Started this book one Saturday morning at 4.30am during yet another sleepness night worrying about my son and then couldn't put it down! Finally gave me the courage to deregister my son, and he is so much happier now.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was the book that saved our sanity 16 May 2004
By A Customer
This book answered my questions about why home educate, about how to home educate and about how to fit the
home education of my son into our family life. I read this book when my son was in nursery, he has Aspergers.
I had just found out that we did not have to send him to school and I read this book hoping that it would answer some
of my questions.
It answered them with bells on.
All these different people, all home educating in a way to fit their family needs. My son did not start school, he is at home
and life is a hundred times less stressful as a result.
I cannot recommend this book enough, you won't regret reading it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Was Looking For 13 Jun 2006
By Eric's Momma - Published on Amazon.com
This book had varied stories of several family's experiences with the school district, or not, and their adventures in homeschooling. It definitely strengthened my resolve to homeschool.

My complaint is that, from the title, I thought this would cover all parts of the spectrum more fully. Nine out of the eleven stories, if I counted right, were about children with Asperger's! These children usually did fairly well in the school district but better at home, which is not our situation. I was looking for more information on homeschooling children with autism, with more limited capabilites.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Things can get very bad indeed 12 Dec 2004
By Georgina - Published on Amazon.com
This book really brings home how bad things can be for ASD children at school. You will be amazed what some of them suffered before they were withdrawn and homeschooled. If you are thinking of homeschooling an ASD child then this is essential reading (along with Lise Pyles book). It gives a number of different summaries from different families.

I was very taken with the parent who said that she used to concentrate all her energy on getting what she was entitled to from the dept of education but once she got it she realised that it wasnt anything like enough and that homeschooling had much more to offer her child.

Inspiring reading and if your child is suffering at school there is no better place to start if considering homeschooling.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 27 April 2006
By Toutseul - Published on Amazon.com
This is the best book I've found about homeschooling my special needs child. The best because we learn not only why but also how twelve different families homeschool their special needs child - twelve different children and twelve different approaches and ways of homeschooling. The book does indeed demonstrate that "paths are made by walking" and that everyone has their own path which they discover on their journey.

I would recommend this book to anyone with a child with autism or Asperger's syndrome who is experiencing difficulties in school, as well as to anyone who is already homeschooling to see how others are doing it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted 12 April 2014
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I absolutely love this book for the variety of experiences depicted. I found it hopeful and reassuring, and I appreciated getting new ideas from the other families' stories. Next I'd like to see an update, showing what these kids are doing now, or telling of the experiences of other young adults who were educated at home.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for homeschooling Asperger children 26 Mar 2009
By dog lover - Published on Amazon.com
I have read a lot of books on home schooling and on autism. This one is by far my favorite! It is from the UK so some of their terms are different but easy enough to figure out. I liked it because it is geared more toward Aspergers. So many of the books I read are more for the autistic child and I feel like my child doesn't really fit that because she is Aspergers. This book backed up what I have known in my heart, that home schooling is the best thing for her. Is it right for every Asperger child? No. But it's right for mine and this is an awesome book!
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