HOORAY for docs who are pro-homeschooling!!!
(From July 14, 2006 My Space post)
Current mood: pleased
Another post, in my feast-or-famine mode: Yesterday, my son Grant & I had an appointment w/ his developmental pediatrician, who we see about every 3 months. Grant has Nonverbal Learning Disorder, which is somewhat akin to Asperger’s — it leads to social & behavioral immaturities, motor problems, and a unique way of learning & expressing. Anyways… I was just chuckling and grateful after I left, happy to have a doctor who is *pushing* me to homeschool. Not that I was thinking about quitting, but it’s nice to have the encouragement. As we discussed Grant’s ongoing issues, he said, “Just think of what this would be like if he was in a school setting. He’d have *more* problems, chances are that his teachers wouldn’t be able to deal with him as effectively as you, he’d probably be in constant ‘trouble’ from acting out, he’d be labelled, you’d be getting constant phone calls from school authorities, and you’d probably have to medicate him.” He told me that he was just remarking to some colleagues the other day that, in his opinion, if all the kids w/ learning and/or behavioral/emotional problems were homeschooled, a “high percentage” of them, at least 40-50% of them (or more) could be taken off of meds. Now, I know that there are a number of parents here who have dc w/ learning/behavioral/emotional problems, and choose to medicate — I am NOT anti-medication when it is necessary, and I know that sometimes, it really IS necessary — but, I can’t tell you how thrilled and blessed I feel to have a doc who is not pushing me to medicate my son, and who, each time we see him, asks whether or not we’re still hs’ing, if we plan to continue, says how happy he is that I’m hs’ing, tells me I’m doing a good job, etc. He thanked me for hs’ing Grant.