When people find out that my autistic child is unschooled, I get a look of serious concern that says “Oh my! That woman is not benefiting her children!” Some people have even suggested that Child Protective Services should step in, and at one point they did. I still have my children, and they are still unschooled.
Our choice (errr, my choice initially) to unschool was a drastic move from our regimented down-to-the-second homeschooling schedule. I could go on for days as to why we have done it. But I will keep it pretty simple and give you just one example today:
My now nine-year-old son was soooo very attached to our schedule that any deviance would leave him “out of sorts” for around two weeks. This became alarming to me when I thought of his future. As an adult he will on occasion have to be on someone else’s schedule, not his own (work, recreation, babies coming…).
I can say that this “experiment” has made some fabulous leaps in his social flexibility. We are taking a last-minute trip tomorrow, and he is elated. A few years ago we would have had to schedule it and remind him about five times daily.
So yes, I proudly say “I unschool my autistic child.” And he has benefited from it.