Homeschooling kids with FX?

Duhdee and I are considering a major life change.  In one of my long winded posts below I discussed the changes that we’re making in our lives and mentioned that one of our long term goals (for when Monkey is grown) is to run a farm/B&B.  We’re now re-thinking this.  We’re trying to decide if we should wait, if there is any real benefit in waiting, to Monkey or to us.

If we move, we’ll obviously be moving to a rural area.  We’re considering Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire with Maine being our first preference but it will ultimately be determined by what we can find.  A rural area is not going to offer the benefits that we enjoy here in Cambridge.  The school system here is not perfect, by a long shot, but it has a LOT of resources that small school systems can only dream of.   But how important is that ultimately?  We also have easy access to the Fragile X clinic at Children’s Hospital and now that Dr. Mike is opening his practice, we’d have easy access to him as well but we can always drive here if needed, we’d be moving away but not to the moon!

I’m not sure that moving would require us to homeschool.  I’m willing to try to have him in school but if the school can’t provide him with the tools he needs to succeed that we’d have homeschooling as an additional option.  I am actually very open to homeschooling because it is my (very strong) opinion that Monkey learns best when he’s most comfortable and he is most comfortable at home with us but I’m not aware of anyone who does homeschool their special needs kid.

If we were to make this change he would have two parents at home full time.  He would be gaining real life skills in running a business, growing food and living in the real world.   He would have space to run and play.  He wouldn’t in all likelihood have easy access to therapists though I might be surprised at what I find.

So how much should this factor in our decision?  I’m looking for all opinions.  Feel free to tell me I’m an absolutely selfish LOON to even consider taking him to a farm 🙂

4 thoughts on “Homeschooling kids with FX?

  • April 25, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    I think if you have the means to go for it. Before you commit you can always check to see what services are provided. Personally, I think in some ways small town therapists are better than big city because they have more time and get more personal. I would make a list of pros and cons and see where it leads you guys 🙂

  • April 25, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    I think that’s good advice. My only additional advice is to make sure that he has regular social interactions with kids his age. You both sound so capable. As long as you are committed, I know you would do great.

  • April 25, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    I agree with making sure there are the social interactions, and the fact that you can always change your mind if either choice you make doesn’t work out. Two of my brothers and my sister home-school their children, but as far as I know, none have FX (I have my suspicions about one of the girls, that’s another story). I considered home-schooling, but I’m glad I sent them to school. It’s definitely not perfect, but I don’t think keeping them home would have made for a perfect situation either. Tough decision. I do like your idea of a family business! We’ve also talked about a couple of different business opportunities that would involve the boys, but it’s never gone beyond talk. At this point, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen for us.

  • April 26, 2008 at 7:32 am

    The socialization and the opportunity to learn from other kids his age is the biggest benefit we see with traditional schooling. As long as he remains mainstreamed, I think that his most effective teachers during school hours will be his peers.

    I’ve told Duhdee this just means we need to adopt 3 or 4 more boys. He thinks 4 more might be too much, lol.


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