Recently I was talking with an elementary teacher. This is a teacher who has loved teaching for the past 15+ years, and she is very good at it. She was born to teach, and she is one of the few teachers that I have said, “If I could guarantee that every teacher was like you, I would probably have sent my children to school.” However, she was expressing her frustration at having so many children on the spectrum in her mainstream classrooms. And she sees the benefits of homeschooling with autism.

You see, classrooms are not designed for all children. This teacher is trying to get a lot of children through the work. And highly gifted children, children on the spectrum, and any child that does not learn best in a traditional classroom make her job harder. Her words, “You are best suited to teach your own child.” You see my autism child has very special needs. I believe the positives of homeschooling with autism far outweigh the negatives. Homeschooling with autism doesn’t come easy, but many times it is the best option available.

Benefits of Homeschooling an Autistic Child

For those that don’t know, Jack-Jack is my youngest son. He is currently 14 and has autism. However, he is reading and doing math at a second-grade level. He is a kind, happy child who never ceases to amaze us with his joy and enthusiasm for life. We feel blessed to be his parents and have learned so much from him. We have homeschooled him from the beginning, and after talking with other autism parents, I believe there is a tremendous benefit of homeschooling a child with autism. 

The Benefits of Homeschooling Autism:

I saw the benefit of homeschooling my other children, but I believe there is even a greater benefit to the child with autism. Here are the advantages I see:


My son currently reads at a 2nd-grade level. If he was in school he would constantly be pushed beyond what he was capable of. I have watched other families struggle with this. They believe in the benefits of the school system for their child overall, but they see the disadvantages of pushing a child beyond their ability. Jack-Jack deals with anxiety on a regular basis. Pushing him daily beyond his skills only causes more anxiety.

 Homeschooling with Autism. The Benefits to teaching your child at home


Jack-Jack requires time every day to work on life skills. He can make toast (although if you have ever seen Rain Man, you know that I am never far from the kitchen when he is making it). Butter bread. Pour drinks. Take a bath and wash his hair. Get dressed. But there are life skills we work on, but progress is slow. Memorizing his address; crossing the street; money and time – all these are taking much, much longer than anticipated. 


Jack-Jack doesn’t learn best by sitting in a classroom setting. He needs to be moving, doing, and taking frequent breaks. He would be disruptive every day in a classroom. In addition, we can customize his curriculum to work on what works for him.

The Benefits of Homeschooling with Autism


Jack-Jack loves Disney. I have developed a curriculum that utilizes Disney movies to teach him. I believe in the theory of coming into their world. We enter Jack-Jack’s world and make connections with him to meet him where he is. In addition, one of Jack-Jack’s favorite activities is playing with slime. We make slime a lot. And are always on the lookout for a good recipe!


Jack-Jack picks up bad behaviors from others. In a school setting, he would be picking up behaviors that would then take years to deal with. I would literally be spending hours every day to correct wrong behavior.


An IEP isn’t necessary when homeschooling. I talk to parents all the time about the frustration in the IEP meetings and making sure the IEP covers the areas that are needed. Thankfully, I have never had to deal with an IEP.


Imagine someone telling you the entire time you are in school to sit still, be quiet, etc. Working closely with my son enables me to know when he needs a break, allows him to dance and sing when he needs to, and develop his personality. Do you ever wonder how you would have developed if you learned in a different environment?


The area of the brain that deals with fight or flight is powerful. If your child does not feel secure in their environment, learning can not take place. When they are young, dealing with issues of feeling safe and secure are more important than dealing with learning how to read. 

Check out the unique free curriculum we are using with our autistic son.

Benefits of Homeschooling an Autistic Child.

2 thoughts on “Homeschooling Autism – The Benefits”

  1. Angela

    How have I not found your blod before now? Autism and Disney! You are speaking my love language!! My youngest son is high-functioning autisic and I pulled him out of a traditional school at the end of his 5th grade year and I am homeschooling him this year. I have worried so much over this very thing…Is it better for him? Thank you so much for your thoughts on this sometimes “touchy” subject.
    I have also been a teacher myself for 17 years and I think that is what I struggle with the most. The idea that he would really not see his greatest success if he were in a traditional classroom. But at home, he is flourishing!
    Thanks again for a great blog! I will be spending several hours here reading your content 🙂

    1. Patty Moliterno

      Thank you for visiting here! You can also follow along on my Facebook page Each Thursday morning at 11 AM, my son and I do a Facebook Live called Adventures with Jack-Jack. You can ask questions and see how he interacts.
      Thanks again,

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