What is legally required to homeschool my autistic 5 year old boys in Texas?
The home School Legal Defense Association will be able to address some of your questions, and concerns regarding these issues.
You may have to contact them by phone if the web site does not have the information you are looking for.
Blessings, and good luck.
I did want to encourage you with homeschooling your autistic boys, I have two autistic children myself, and school was a nightmare for both of them. Don’t become discouraged or fearful, but maintain your faith and belief that this is best for your children. My two have bloomed tremendously since coming home from five years at school, and it’s taken two years just to recover from the bullying, from teachers not understanding, from the stress and pressure of being in a building for seven hours with hundreds of other people. My daughter has learned nearly all the academics that she’s needed since coming home, when I pulled her out in first grade, she had no math, no reading, nothing! She’s also doing great socially, because she can address people when she’s comfortable, she’s much braver about that than every before.
Please contact me privately if you want to talk more, I am more than happy to do so. My email should be in my profile! Good luck!
Also, please know that in the state of Texas, homeschools are considered to be private schools, and if you choose to obtain services through the public schools while you are homeschooling you can. A link to this information is below:
God bless you as you do what is best for your boys.
According to this document, home schools (in TX) do not have to initiate contact with a school district, submit to home visits, have curriculum approved or have any specific teacher certification. Home schools need only have a written curriculum, conduct it in a bona fide manner and teach math, reading, spelling, grammar, and good citizenship.
There are no requirements for testing or recordkeeping (although that’s always a good thing to do for your own records)
Don’t let the negative comments from others affect you and what you are doing for your kids. I got a lot of similar comments and they mostly come from people who do not know anything about homeschooling. For us, it was the best thing I did for my son who also has autism.
Letter recognition, reciting the alphabet, distinguishing cases, sounds, all of that IS reading, and if they were in the public school, that is EXACTLY where reading would begin. They also work on holding scissors and pencils correctly in the publicschools as well, even in to second grade.
SO, do not worry, you are doing exactly what you should be doing. Don’t let “well meaning” yet incredibly uninformed others make you doubt your self.
You are doing a great job and your sons will flourish under your loving care.
You’re doing fine. Don’t let these people who don’t understand the finer points of homeschooling get you down.
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