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About the book
School can be a nightmare for children on the autistic spectrum. Far from learning social skills at school, they may find themselves in a hostile environment where they suffer teasing, bullying, and social isolation. Home education is an increasingly popular alternative.
In this book, parents who home educate their children with autism or Aspergers syndrome tell their personal stories: how they reached the decision to educate at home, how they set about the task, and how it has transformed their childrens lives.
Twelve families contributed to the book, from England, Scotland, the United States, and Australia. Their children range in ability from Kevin, who at age five had the vocabulary of a 16-year-old, to Greg, who doctors predicted would never learn to talk. Some have embraced home education as a way of life; others have used it as a temporary measure to prepare their children to return to school.
Following the personal stories, the final chapters offer practical suggestions for getting started with home education, legal advice from an expert in education law, and contact details of support organisations on three continents.