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Homeschooling the Learning Disabled
and Other Special Needs Child
Not Just About ADD!
I am the parent of a child who would have been labeled "special needs" had he gone to a traditional school. Instead, my husband and I homeschooled our son (now in his 20s) from pre-K through 12th grade. Aside from part-time attendance at the local university preschool, our son has never stepped foot in a formal classroom. Actually ... he did step foot in a classroom a few times when he came to visit me when I worked as a counselor in a public elementary school and he wasn't much impressed.
I have put together these pages to act as a resource for those families with "special needs" kids who are considering homeschooling. I will constantly be adding to these pages - so check back periodically. I'm always on the lookout for new resources, so let me know of others that aren't listed here that will be useful for other families of special needs children. However, be advised that I will not include listings of companies/services which I feel offer few benefits for families, those which promise "cures" or those which espouse a specific belief or religion.
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I hope to be able to update the special needs webpages regularly. All resources have been suggested by other "special needs" homeschoolers.
For those who want more information and insight about homeschooling LD/SPED children, I've written a book, Homeschooling the Child with ADD or Other Special Needs: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the Child with Learning Differences. The book is published by Prima (a division of Random House, Inc.) and was released in March 2002. Read the book introduction!
Wishing you the best as you investigate homeschooling for your special child!
p.s. As much as I enjoy hearing from other parents of special needs children, I cannot always respond in a timely manner. I am also unable to provide curriculum or treatment advice for specific diagnoses ... unfortunately, there are no tried and true learning materials to teach kids with ADHD, Asperger’s, or any other disorder. Choosing materials and/or a homeschooling style is very much an individual decision that should be based on each child’s unique temperament. What may work for one 8-year old boy with Asperger’s may not work for any other 8-year old Aspie boy.
Thank you for your understanding!