Homeschooling Children with Special Needs
Do you have a child with medical, mental, emotional, behavioral, or educational needs that requires extra on-going attention? Is the conventional school system not addressing their particular needs? If so, you are not alone.
More and more parents are making the choice to homeschool their special needs children. It is just too difficult for some children to flourish in a conventional school setting. They do not get the kind of care and attention they need. Children with special needs deserve a good education and the extra help they might need. Regardless of a child’s type of disability, there are countless resources available for choosing the curriculum that best meets their needs.
If you will be purchasing curriculum, as opposed to creating your own, it is best to consider several packages before making a final decision. There are many wonderful companies which offer special needs curriculum. If you make a purchase before researching thoroughly, you may overlook a program that would have been more suited to your child’s needs.
Visit your local library, bookstore or Amazon.com. Many informative books have been written on this subject. Read the recommendations of other parents. Find out what worked well for them and what didn’t.
Join a homeschool group, either locally or online. Parents are always willing to share their thoughts on curriculum they have used and how their children benefited from it. Also be sure to join group that discuss your child’s area of concern, such as ADHD or Autism groups if your child has been diagnosed with ADHD or Autism. Ask other parents of like children if they homeschool and how they manage it. Chances are, if you do a search, you will be able to locate a homeschool group that caters to the same special needs as your child.
If there is a non-profit organization associated with your child’s special need, contact them. Oftentimes, they have information on educational materials, which have worked well with children dealing with the same issues. Some of the organizations even lend out or help families purchase these materials, if cost is a factor.
Visit websites geared toward teachers and lesson planning. They are easily located by performing a simple search, using your favorite search engine. Many have forums that you can join, where you can get answers to all of your curriculum-related questions.
There are many websites that provide printable worksheets and teaching aids for special needs children. You will find that a large number of these sites have been created by Moms (and sometimes Dads) who have special needs children, themselves. These parents are usually more than happy to suggest curriculum options that have worked well, in their situation.
By doing a bit of preliminary research, you will have no problem finding teaching material for your child, regardless of his or her special need.
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