Homeschooling Children with Special Needs
There is great diversity within the large homeschooling community in the United States. Families from wide-ranging backgrounds choose to educate their children at home to best meet their individual needs.
Homeschooling offers flexibility and the kind of one-to-one attention that is not easily found elsewhere, giving children the support they need to flourish.
The resources in this online homeschool collection were created to help parents who are homeschooling children with special educational needs. It is broken down into tips for educating children with each of the following needs: dyslexia, Asperger's, autism and ADHD. There are descriptions of each learning disability, helpful advice on activities you can incorporate into your daily routine and tips for navigating common hurdles associated with your child's diagnosis. Learning difficulties do not need to be an impediment to learning and achieving academic success, and with the right approach tailored to the individual, every child can achieve their goals.
As you read through the information in this section of the resource, be sure to also consult homeschool laws by state to ensure that you are meeting your responsibilities to the local education authority. Although there is variation from state to state, there may be reporting and recording requirements for parents of students with diagnosed disabilities which it is important to be aware of.
For all students with special needs, one important step is to have a solid curriculum and structure in place. Study.com features an all-inclusive online homeschool curriculum that is great for students of all ability levels in grades 3-12. The curriculum is broken down into units and lessons on the traditional school subjects and can be accessed on a website or a mobile app. Lessons include text and video features with quizzes that will formatively assess what your child has learned. Videos are an amazing resource for all students, but especially students with varied learning abilities. Students can access material from any grade level, meaning that parents and children can easily adapt the curriculum to suit their needs. Take a look at the following resource to see how other parents have incorporated Study.com's curriculum into their homeschool routine.