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Home school for my "behavior disorder" child????

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:06 pm
by AnnK
Seriously considering home schooling my 6th grade son. He has been in a behavior focus classroom since kindergarten due to ADHD, anxiety, and PTSD. He just started another new school and in 8 days he has 2 charges against him. This is the first time we have dealt with the law, and his verbal and physical aggression is growing. He is as sweet as can be outside of school, but has a hard time with anger and ignoring peers in school. I don't want him to fall into "the system." Everyone says he needs the socialization of the school because of his disabilities, but it doesn't seem positive at the school... Any advice???!!!

Re: Home school for my "behavior disorder" child??

Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:56 am
by elliemaejune
Not real advice, but at least encouragement.

Clearly, the classroom environment is *not* helping his disabilities, or we wouldn't be having this conversation.

Yes, I think you could homeschool. You'll need to understand the homeschool law in your state, to make sure you get him out with as few legal issues as possible. If you tell us where we live, we can give you a link to your state's law.

Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:47 pm
by hscoach
I think your son would greatly benefit from homeschooling. You can join a homeschool support group in your area and he can make new friends. This will be positive socialization. Here are a few links that might be helpful:

http://specialneedshomeschooling.com/

http://www.nathhan.com/

http://www.homeschool.com/forum/forum_p ... e=ptsd-ocd

To learn about homeschooling laws, go to:

http://www.hslda.org/laws/

Posted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:16 am
by Munchie33
I agree with what's been said.

Socialisation might help your son's disorders, but clearly the classroom socialisation is not helping at all.

With homeschooling, he won't be forced to sit in a room of other children all day, which might be part of the problem--perhaps he is becoming overwhelmed. You can choose how much he socialises, and build it up in a way he is comfortable with. Best of all, through a homeschool co-op or support group, it can be positive socialisation.

The classroom isn't working. Find out what you need to do and try something else. Hopefully you can find something that will be the best for your son.

Re: Home school for my "behavior disorder" child??

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 5:12 pm
by Cait
AnnK wrote:Seriously considering home schooling my 6th grade son. <snipped> He just started another new school and in 8 days he has 2 charges against him. <snipped> has a hard time with anger and ignoring peers in school. I don't want him to fall into "the system." Everyone says he needs the socialization of the school because of his disabilities, but it doesn't seem positive at the school... Any advice???!!!



I get really annoyed with that theory that the public school system is where they should be socialized. As a former public and private school teacher, the school is NOT where any child should be receiving their socialization! As a parent, I do NOT want my children being socialized to act like many of the other kids they encounter in the public school system.

We had considered hs'ing my 4 step-children, who are all adopted. We are now starting with the one who has the most difficulty in ps. The school actually removed the decision from our hands by calling me to come pick him up, saying they were not doing him any good. They felt lost and helpless when it came to his challenges. So now we're in week 4 of homeschooling, and he's starting to calm down some, although he's making some bad choices today.

Posted: Wed May 30, 2012 11:15 pm
by Tashathomson
Hi AnnK,
I am fully agreed that your son need special treatment which is only possible in home school. Disability make difference where they need extra care. To get extra attention home school is the best one. Private school are strict and follow the law which is good part, if your son is not enough to follow those things then don't put extra burden on him.

Thanks.