Hello and welcome to our Family!
It’s September 2015 and you join us at a really exciting moment as we are about to embark on a Home Education adventure with our eldest son. We had better, however, start with a few introductions! We are a family of four: Mummy Bear, Daddy Bear, the MiniMan himself (7 years) and the MusicMan (nearly 3 years).
The MiniMan came into our lives (rather dramatically) just over 7 years ago and we have had an interesting time over the last 7 years. At his newborn hearing screening he was found to have significant hearing loss in both ears and was fitted with bilateral hearing aids at the age of 21 months. At the age of 4 he was diagnosed with autism and at the age of 6 with ADHD. After further investigations he was also diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and recently it was confirmed that his autism was of the variant called Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). More importantly though he is the most incredible person, he amazes me nearly every day, he has THE best laugh in the world, he is bright, smart, funny and I warn any of you about getting into a negotiation with him – he will triumph (never be on the opposing side!).
As a staunch believer in mainstream education I was determined that he could and would do mainstream schooling, he certainly had the academic ability. However, after three rollercoaster years (where the lows were very low) it became abundantly clear that our gorgeous boy was not suited or thriving in mainstream. He was a square peg we were trying to stuff into a round hole and continually hammering him in was simply going to break him (and us). Home Education had been floating around as a notion for about 2 years and finally in the Summer break of 2015 (as he was about to enter Yr3 and become a Junior) the decision was made to remove him from formal education and thus our Home Education adventures begin!
When I announced this to family and friends a number of them asked me to write a blog and thus we are here. I want this blog to be a record of our adventures but even more I want it to give an insight into living with autism (the highs and the lows), the strategies and that have worked (and failed) for us and how home education plays out as a part in this. I want to share with you the knowledge we have gained, the resources we have found useful and give you an understanding (whether you have your own special ASD person or simply want to learn more). We welcome you to join us, please do ask questions, I will do my best to answer them. We are off on a journey, please join us for the ride!