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Why I Homeschool a Child with Delays

November 2, 2010

My youngest son has speech delays.  He recently turned three, which meant that he no longer qualified for the State’s early intervention program.  Typically, children who turn three in this program move over to the State’s pre school, which takes over at that point.  However, we homeschool, so we will be continuing his therapy through private means.

This decision has confused some people – why would we pay for therapy when the state would happily take over for free?  The reasons are numerous – from our desire to build strong bonds between us and our children to the belief that we can provide a better education and physically, mentally and morally healthier environment for our children to the issues we have with what the school would provide in our place.

To illustrate that last point, I now have this:

Cage resembling Dog Run meant for Autistic StudentYes,  it’s a cage.  No, it’s not meant for a dog – it’s meant to lock an autistic child away in for “School.”  And we’re not talking about a tiny private school in a third world country – we are talking about the largest school in West Isles Scotland, and we are talking about a school run by the council governing the province.  The council said there was a mix up and he will no longer be spending time in the cage.  Strangely though, no one discovered the “mix up” for five years.  You would think that some teacher or administrator would find caging a child like a dog rather odd, but the parents had to discover it for themselves before anyone actually considered it a problem (yes, it took five years for the parents to find out their son’s school kept him in a cage – that’s public school for you).

Of course the council members were not to blame – they never even saw the cage once in five years.   You CAN’T blame them…  Unless you believe that the people ultimate responsible for the school’s policies should know what’s going on there.

But as for me and my household, we homeschool!

update:  Okay, I goofed.  the autistic child in question spent five years and six hours a day in a “temporary accomodation” it is not the time he spent in the cage.

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