More positive tales

I'm on another one of my 'oh, didn't he do well' things, which I hope give a bit of hope/insight/encouragement to anyone else with a child with problems of any kind who is starting out with HE.

My son sails with a disability group once a week and they were having a summer barbecue last Friday evening. I'd assumed it was a very informal 'sausage in a bun' type thing for the kids and turned up expecting that, only to discover that it was a formal fundraiser, everyone was seated at tables, there was quite a long wait for food and then people had to queue for salad in one queue, meat in another and so on. For someone with autism this is all a potential disaster so I was expecting to have to head for home at some point.

However, Mr Home Educated (but don't you worry about the lack of socialising?) found himself a seat quite happily, chatted away to anyone who sat near him, had a great time watching the boats that were still on the water, was massively impressed with the huge rainbow that appeared over the water once the rain had stopped, queued quite happily for his food (and managed seconds) and then sat quite patiently during the raffle and was over the moon when he won a box of chocolates. All in all we were there for three hours and what I thought was going to be a disaster was a really lovely, pleasurable evening.

There was a time when I dreaded telling people he was home educated because I got so many negative responses and it was hard for them to see how good it was for him because he had so many problems (if that makes sense?) but now people are always really impressed with him and the way he is and I love telling them he's home educated. Even better is that he's now able to speak enough to tell people about the awful bullying he experienced, the noisy classrooms that he found impossible to manage and how much he's looking forward to going to college at 16. He's currently out on a day trip with his holiday club and is just doing so well it's hard to believe he's the same boy I took out of school all those years ago.

Sorry it's a bit long, but hopefully it will be encouraging for anyone getting into home ed and listening to all the negatives (which, of course, we all know are generally not true anyway).
 

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Another inspiring post, LHE. :clap2:

It is always good to read your positive updates and learn how your son's and your own home education journey just keeps on getting better. :)
 
Ah thanks, Ali, I hope I'm not droning on too much when he does something great but I honestly think home ed is the very best thing that ever happened to him (even though we were forced into it initially). I remember how scary it all was in those early days and how much people with older children encouraged me so I just post in the hope that anyone else who's having the wobbles might feel a bit better about it!
 
. . . found himself a seat quite happily, chatted away to anyone who sat near him, had a great time watching the boats that were still on the water, was massively impressed with the huge rainbow that appeared over the water once the rain had stopped, queued quite happily for his food (and managed seconds) and then sat quite patiently during the raffle and was over the moon when he won a box of chocolates.
Sounds just like the the nice sort of chap any decent employer would give their eye teeth for these days! :welcome:
 
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