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 early 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.
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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Also, I hope to be able to update the special needs webpages periodically. 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 (Note: Despite the title, the content is not limited to ADD (the publisher thought this would be a catchy title by which to market it); instead, it is an overview of the most common difficulties that prevent children from learning. Unfortunately, the book, published by Random House in 2002, is now out-of-print. However, I hope to upload the book online (in installments) as time permits.
Wishing you the best as you investigate homeschooling for your special child!