Questions & Answers for the March-April issue
“I have a 4-year-old son with Down Syndrome. His older siblings have never been in school but I’m losing my confidence when I think about home educating him. This stems partly from the attitudes of professionals in his life (doctors, therapists, preschool teachers) who constantly tell me schooling will be so good for him. He certainly enjoys preschool. However, when I look at what he’s learned at home already (counting 1-10, the alphabet, colors, shapes, computer skills, over 200 ASL signs), I think he will be able to learn at home quite well. His siblings have been his best teachers. We are easily able to provide therapies through our private insurance. But am I missing something essential that schools could provide such a student? Are there other families who have homeschooled a child with developmental disabilities who could respond to my doubts? -name withheld
We welcome readers’ answers to this question, but your responses (in the comments area below) must meet our deadline of January 28, 2011 for publication in the March-April issue. Please recognize that your submission may be edited for length or clarity, and please indicate how you prefer your answer signed.