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Homeschooling and anxiety is it a good idea?
Homeschooling and anxiety is it a good idea is a question that I have gone over in my head many a time! With a child that is anxious and unable to leave your side, it only seems logical to send them to school to foster some independence. But what if you can't get an aid in the classroom? What if you have to declare your child as having a chronic mental health illness to get enough aid hours? With homeschooling are you sheltering your child too much and they will not survive to the fast pace world as an adult? What if something happens to you and you become ill? What if you work full-time and homeschooling is a possibility but things would be tight? Lots of questions to think about. Let's look at anxiety first. We need to remember to take baby steps. If going to school is too much, break it down into a more gradual entry then just one week. We are trying to make going to school a doable thing for a child with a hidden disability. If just going for 10 minutes is a good place to start, slowly increase the time. If it takes a month, don't rush it! Rushing may cause a set back and you will lose most of what you did accomplished.
- Some schools offer a home school program but your child can go twice a week to school. This is a nice gentle way of breaking into the school system and requires less aid time.
- More time to pursue social activities like art class, Karate, or music class.
- More one on one attention than being in a classroom with thirty other children.
- A more customized education tailored to your child's strengths.
- Your child can learn at their own pace.
- Less money spent on gas and lunches.
- Learning in the comfort of your home.
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