Homeschooling Special Needs Children

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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 30s) 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.

Years ago I put together a number of webpages to act as a resource for those families with “special needs” kids who are considering homeschooling. The resources received quite a bit of attention, and I was asked to speak about this issue at homeschooling conferences and events, and eventually Random House offered me a book contract. Unfortunately, the book is no longer in print, so I have uploaded the introduction and first two chapters to this site; additional chapters will follow.

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Wishing you the best as you investigate homeschooling for your special child!

Warmest regards,

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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 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 child. I do try to respond to emails, but those who want individualized assistance, might consider scheduling a consultation with me.
Thank you for your understanding!

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