Tutor Doctor | Feb 26, 2015

Homeschooling for Special Needs Students

All children can learn, just not in the same way. If your child has special needs, you find that the school system is not fulfilling their particular academic requirements. Whether the traditional class structure means the teacher doesn’t have the time to address your child’s needs or they are being bullied by other children, homeschooling may be able to provide them with the tools they need to succeed.

Parents who are facing the option of homeschooling often feel overwhelmed; will homeschooling mean their children aren’t properly socialized? Will they cope with all the extra work? The answers may surprise you. Thomas Armstrong author of “The Myth of the A.D.D. Child”: “Kids who are labeled ADD are those who can’t or won’t put up with the (school) situation. And that may not be such a bad thing, because they’re telling us this isn’t working. They’re harbingers of whatever we need to reform in our schools. It seems to me that homeschooling would be tailor-made for the child who is having trouble in that worksheet wasteland and getting slapped with the ADD label.”

You aren’t Alone

Your child may just need a different learning method and some one-on-one tutoring to unlock their potential. The personalized attention your child will get at homeschool will mean they have the time and space to work things out at their own pace. They can ask questions without the fear of embarrassment and you can take the time to present information in different formats until you find a learning style that works.

Homeschooling is not uncharted territory; there are tons of resources at your fingertips, there are homeschooling coops in your area where you can share ideas and classes with other parents as well as online resources that will help you every step of the way.

How does Homeschooling help?

Homeschooling allows your child to lean at their own pace and in their own way. Your homeschool will provide a safe, non-competitive classroom which caters to your child’s particular needs. Without the meaningless busywork of the classroom, your child can really spend their day productively and will have more time for hobbies and interests.

With homeschooling, you also have the opportunity to teach the important executive skills your child needs to be a successful student. Things like study skills, organizational skills, task prioritization and time management are all important life skills to learn.

Socialization

Homeschooled kids are can be as social as they like! With homeschool groups in your area, kids can get together to play, can join clubs like the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides and can pursue dance, music, sports and other hobbies.

I’m not good at Math

Many parents are concerned about their own abilities to teach high school subjects that they may not excel at themselves. The good news here is that you don’t have to take on everything yourself. You can work with other homeschooling parents in your area and homeschooling coops to share lessons. You can also get an in-home tutor for subjects that you aren’t familiar with, or for SAT and ACT test preparation. This means your child is getting the very best education in the loving and supportive environment that helps kids with special needs to thrive.

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