Category: Aspergers


High Functioning on the Spectrum

Homeschooling with Autistic Children

Do you feel like every day is Autism Awareness day in your house?  Many parents feel this way. Rebecca Ruiz, past member of the Special Needs Advisory Board for HECOA says, "It feels even more so because we are homeschooling."

When you first take your autistic child out of public school you might feel scared and doubtful as Rebecca did, afraid that you might fail them. Read More…

Homeschooling Special Needs Conference

The dates for the 2015 HECOA Special Needs Conference are:  December 1-5, 2015

What is the cost?  Who can attend? How do I register?

You can join HECOA's Basic Membership for FREE and attend this conference for free during December 1-5, 2015.  Anyone who is home educating or contemplating home education is welcome to our membership.  Although the name of our organization has "America" in it, we have thousands of members from all over the world.  So if you do not live in the U.S., you are still welcome to join and attend.

Where do I find the live sessions?

Live sessions do not begin until December 1st.  All members will receive email notifications about the sessions, and you will be able to access them from your member dashboard.

What if I miss it? How do I catch the replays?

You can join HECOA's PLUS membership and have complete access to over 150 replays of sessions from all our online conferences for a full year. 



Socialization Keynote

Socialization – the Big “S” Word! – 
In this presentation, we address the one concern that trumps people. It’s that one word that can take an otherwise pleasant conversation about home education completely sideways. This one word can move a parent who is sitting on the fence about homeschooling to choose against it, one that is new and frustrated with loneliness or taken back by the groups they have met, to send their child back to public school, and it can invoke fear and uncertainty in people. But in others it is the blessing they have been waiting for their entire lives, it can be refreshing and liberating. And unfortunately most homeschool leaders won’t even talk about it. It’s the big S word, SOCIALIZATION. And in this presentation, we are going to stop discrediting the feelings people are having about this – whether they are already homeschoolers, or just peering in from the outside. We will talk about that S word, once and for all!

Here is the replay of the September 8th KEYNOTE session with Dianne McLean.









Dianne McLean

Dianne McLean has been homeschooling since 2003. She has worked with thousands of homeschoolers and hundreds of homeschool groups to pioneer social activities, help form group policies with leaders, and participated in issues which affect the homeschool community as a whole. Her approach is always practical and effective. She also specializes in working with middle to high school level groups to help prepare for college entry and is familiar with the latest developments of Common Core and how it is affecting future college students. She directs a national support organization, Home Education Council of America; and has developed numerous other websites to help home educators in their efforts. Dianne has been leading seminars, webinars, and classes in an innovative online setting to offer live interaction no matter where you live in the world.