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Any other home educators?

DereshaDeresha Member Posts: 28 Connected
Hi I home educate my 9 year old son. He has profound medical needs, is deaf and on the pathway to asd diagnosis.  Anyone else?
Widow/Mum to a child who is ventilator dependent via tracheostomy, he is deaf and autistic, and homeschooled.


  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 4,088

    Scope community team

    edited September 2020
    Hi @Deresha

    How are you finding home educating?  Have you come across any particular challenges? 

    Until other people come across your post I've found a few links to webpages that could offer useful support:

    The National Autistic Society has an Education Rights Helpline that: 
     provide(s) general information about educational rights and entitlements, as well as advice on specific topics such as getting extra help in school, assessments, education plans, reviews or school transport.
    The government has resources around teaching during coronavirus for disabled children.

    Mencap have information about educational rights and a free learning disability helpline 

    From a personal perspective I'd say well done to you too.  I know the decision isn't an easy one but good for you for following your intuition about what is right for your son  :)
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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,208 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community glad you have joined 

    You are a star, I did the home schooling during lockdown for my 14 year old and that was a challenge enough so hats off to you
  • DereshaDeresha Member Posts: 28 Connected
    edited September 2020
    @Cher_Scope   @janer1967 hey thank you. 

    Home education is certainly challenging, and we’re still finding what works for us, but I’ve no regrets. It is my intention to get him back into school for year 7 (so secondary) but he won’t be going anywhere near a classroom without a diagnosis and a plan. In the meantime I think he’s learning more at home than he ever has at school. Thank you for the links, I will check them out.

    I do have a 15 year old at school in y11 (And have seen 4 other children through the system, they’re now adults). I’m not anti school, just anti box ticking and squishing irregular kids into those regular boxes.

    Nationally, lockdown education was something else, In every good and bad way imaginable.
    Widow/Mum to a child who is ventilator dependent via tracheostomy, he is deaf and autistic, and homeschooled.
  • SallyMartinSallyMartin Member Posts: 14 Courageous
    Well, if it helps, I can speak English, French, German, Spanish and Italian fluently.  Despite my own disability, multiple sclerosis, but I could help with learning them, I have taught adults and children before! Xxxx
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 8,008

    Scope community team

    Hello @Deresha
    Sorry not many of our members seem to have experience with home educating. Has your son always been home educated? I'd love to hear more about your experience with it. 
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Deresha, how are things going? I know it's coming up to half term. :)

  • SherryHSherryH Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Hi @Deresha

    I'm new to the forum, however, we took our eldest out of school at the start of year 2, and our youngest only ever attended nursery - this was in 2015.

    My eldest has autism which was diagnosed privately since being home educated as she masked in school (I'm thinking the longer she would have been in school the more the cracks would have begun to show).  Our youngest has anxiety and demand avoidance which we've been told is due to her high cognitive function.

    We are currently going through applying for an EHCP for our eldest as she would now be in year 7 - she has expressed she would like to go to college and there are some college opportunities locally which start in year 10 so I'm trying to get prepared. 

    Hope it's going well for you - you've probably heard from other parents that this year is not what home education is normally like.
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