My son was recently diagnosed with ASD. He is in speech therapy, OT and PT. The developmental pediatrician and his therapists keep telling me they highly recommend that I put him in preschool but I would prefer to keep him at home. Every time I ask what in home options there are they try to talk me out of it and will not talk to me about other options. Otherwise they are great and I do not want to switch to another DP or other therapists, but I am having a hard time… read more
I succumbed to the same pressure only to be so sorry I did. Your child will be much healthier and happier at home with you. Forget the school system. It’s nothing but an aggravation
Check out RDI (relationship Development intervention). PLAY, TALK and just enjoy your son, that's what you both need. you can get him additional speech and OT through the school district if you want (he will need to be evaluated and then just say you are homeschooling but would like him to have services plan to get speech and OT, IF you want) however if he already getting those therapies and you are happy with them then that's fine too!
You could apply for the Autism Scholarship and get at home ABA training instead of preschool. Or find a special needs preschool.
Honestly you're doing what you feel is best for your child. I agree it's hard with trusting others with your child especially with their different behaviors, etc. You don't really know others reactions and how they handle those situations. I got lucky with my youngest whose developmentally delayed and on the spectrum. In oregon there's a place called ECCares and they're wonderful with special needs. It's pretty much a preschool designed for special needs children.
If they're worried about social structures, etc. I'm sure you can find suitable places where your child will engage socially with other kids. Kids usually at that age are easy to be around and most parents get it.