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Parents of disabled students often say that one of the things that bothers them the most is that even though their child’s issues are physical and do not in any way hinder their academic abilities, their academics do suffer becuase of their physical condition.
Serious medical issues such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, cancer, or seizure disorders make it nearly impossible for the child to learn in a regular classroom. Part of it is the child’s own safety, part of it is social issues, and the underlying issue is that a traditional school generally cannot accommodate seriously ill children.
But the children who are facing these issues are often extremely bright and talented. As their parent, you want them to live life to the fullest despite medical setbacks, and this includes learning and developing and growing academically.
For these children, special needs homeschooling is an ideal solution. It gives the children and their parents the flexibility they need to learn at their own pace, when they are able to. The children are safe, and they can socialize in a supervised, appropriate setting rather than in a harsh classroom environment.
But a 3D virtual homeschooling system, such as the system offered by Wilostar3D, does even more than that. It frees the child from their physical limitations, not just in the sense that they don’t have to deal with going to a physical school, but also in the sense that they can immerse themselves in a wonderful, educational 3D world where they can create an avatar for themselves that is free of illness. Most disabled children find the ability to represent themselves as healthy incredibly liberating and inspiring.
Homeschooling is the perfect solution for any student who has a hard time adjusting to traditional schooling. It’s important to understand that not being able to adjust to traditional schooling is not something to be ashamed of. Traditional schooling is very rigid and limited. It is very suitable for a specific type of student – students who are reflective and verbal do extremely well in a traditional school. But students who are creative and visual often have a hard time, even though they are often just as talented, if not more so, than “traditional” students.
When it comes to special needs students, homeschooling is often not just the best solution, but the only solution. Traditional schools simply lack the resources and the knowledge needed to make sure that special needs students get the attention they need to do well academically.
Special needs homeschooling works, becuase it can be easily adapted to each student’s special needs. Regardless of what the special need is – Aspergers, ADD, OCD or chronic illnesses, the one thing common to all special needs students is that they require a lot of flexibility, understanding and learning at their own pace while being removed from social pressures and stigma. A traditional school simply cannot give them that, and so we see students that are very bright and capable suffering academically and not reaching their full potential.
Special needs homeschooling in a fully accredited homeschooling program enables these bright, talented children to receive the best education, specifically tailored to their special needs and learning preferences. For many special needs students, a visual, creative, technology-based homeschooling program is perfect. We’ll discuss this in a future post.
Asperger’s Syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder. Children diagnosed with Asperger’s show significant difficulties in social interaction, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. Unlike autistic children, Asperger’s children preserve higher levels of linguistic and cognitive development.
Children with Asperger’s are not mentally challenged. In fact, many of them are gifted. They are however socially impaired and need a lot of patience and one-on-one adult interaction, both of which are not typically available in a traditional school setting.
Aspie children are essentially socially impaired and have a very hard time socializing with other kids. With ongoing training and lots of adult feedback and assistance they can learn basic social skills, but they’ll probably always seem “different” to other kids, which often means rejection, bullying and taunting.
Many parents to Aspie children decide at some point that public school is simply not a good environment for their child. For some families, small private schools provide the answer, while for others, homeschooling is the perfect solution.
Aspie kids often flourish when homeschooled because they are removed from a stressful social situation and can focus their energies on academics, and on gentle, guided socializing. Unlike the harsh classroom environment at school, the homeschooled Asperger’s child can experience positive social experiences through family activities and homeschool group activities, where, unlike school, parents are there to help, guide and give gentle feedback.
3D online homeschooling is especially suited to Asperger’s children because many Aspie kids flourish in an online 3D environment, which they perceive as safer and less threatening than face to face interaction. Research shows that face-to face interactions are extremely difficult for people with Asperger’s while interactions via computer virtual environment technology are more manageable because they tend to be slower than face-to-face interactions. Slowing down the rate of interactions may provide users with autism-type disorders with time to think of alternative ways of dealing with a particular situation, thus reducing their anxiety level.
Of course, we are not recommending that kids with Asperger’s be totally removed from in-person social situations. But we do believe that the combination of online, special needs homeschooling and gentle, supervised real-life social exposure is very beneficial to Aspie kids and enables them to reach their full potential, academically and socially.