A Guide to Homeschooling Your Special Needs Child

Forced homeschooling can be enough of a monster to wrap your life around, but toss in special needs and you’ve got yourself a real recipe for overwhelm. It can feel as if all of those free resources people keep sharing have no meaning to us, when we know our kid sits outside of that box. Don’t fret, mamas, I am right there with you, throwing my hands up in the air! The good news is, this is a guide to homeschooling your special needs child.

Getting Started

Obviously, most of us have been homeschooling for a few weeks now, since most schools have been closed for that long. That said, the following are some good resources for making the adjustment and getting on track with a formula that works for your family.

The following article by Green Child Magazine will help you form a foundation for the type of homeschool format you would like to pursue with your child(ren)

SPED Homeschool is an amazing and super helpful website for learning how best to homeschool your special needs children. One of the best resources I found here was an archive of informative videos such as the one below on how to avoid learning regression during COVID-19.

Break it down into digestible bites that special needs children can more readily absorb. Here are some great tips along these lines from the experts at Psychology Today

Learning Resources

Everyone is suddenly homeschooling, even those who never intended to do so, and that can be so intimidating. The good news is that the flood gates of educational resources have suddenly opened up. It is raining learning materials out there

Here are some of the best I’ve found that work best for our kids that don’t learn just like everyone else.

Time 4 Learning will put together a curriculum based on your childs needs, for a low monthly price.

Khan Academy Kids is an awesome app that will aid you in teaching your kids literacy, math and other early learning skills. You can customize it to work for multiple children between the ages of 2 and 7.

Math U See is an excellent resource for teaching this subject to kids who struggle to learn the concepts. The package comes with a workbook, dvd, teacher’s manual and manipulatives set.

Handwriting w/o Tears is another curriculum that has been less frustrating for us. It focuses on teaching this skill through fun, simplified, step-by-step strokes of a pencil.

Online Speech & Language Therapy is a great resource for kids who have an IEP that demonstrates a need for it. Online therapy can be especially useful during this time of social isolation.

Outschool provides your child with a wide assortment of instructor-led online classes in every subject and category! They even have a highly recommended social skills group for autistic tweens.

Homeschooling Your Special Needs Child

Attention Deficit Disorder

It can be very challenging to teach a child when they cannot easily focus, and yet it is indeed possible. Below is an article that provides some valuable tips on doing so.

Autism

Because their minds work in mysterious ways, an autistic child sets forth some additional struggles when it comes to homeschooling. Social teachings must also become part of the formal instruction process. Check out this write-up for homeschooling your autistic child.

Access this Pinterest folder for a variety of resources on homeschooling children with these and other disabilities.

Finding Support

Support is everything when dealing with atypical kids. Feeling understood and supported will give us the fuel to be the best special needs moms that we can be!

The Great Homeschool Convention is taking its amazing lineup of experts online this weekend due to COVID-19 restraints. Register here to receive access to all of these lectures, including a few that are focused on meeting the needs of the special needs learner.

Has your child not been diagnosed, but you suspect he or she may have a learning disability? LD Hope is currently offering discounted online evaluations for ADHD and other diagnoses.

Find a podcast! Following are several that can help answer your questions and make you feel a little less alone in all this.

Facebook groups for Special Needs Homeschooling Moms

Special Needs Homeschooling

Homeschool IEP (autism, adhd,etc)

SPED Homeschool Support Group

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Homeschooling your Special Needs Child

Supplement Ideas

Following is a list of nutritional supplements, foods and essential oil blends that we have found useful with our autistic, ADHD child.

Genexa Calm Keeper

Omega Pals Lemonade

Foods high in B6 vitamins

GreenPeach Calcium Magnesium + Zinc

Garden of Life Dr Formulated Probiotics

Cedarwood, Peppermint & Lavender essential oils

Self-care

This is an exhausting job, and burnout is inevitable if we don’t take a moment to focus on our own needs. Here are a few ideas to take care of your special needs child’s mom.

Also, SPED Homeschool offers an online Mom’s Night Out every Tuesday evening!

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What are your best tips and/or resources for homeschooling your special needs child?

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7 comments

  1. Thank you for this! I’m going into my eighth year of homeschooling and have several friends homeschooling special needs children. We use a couple of the resources you mention (HWOT and Outschool) and really enjoy them!

    1. That’s awesome, Sarita! I admire you year-round homeschoolers. I have a background in early childhood, but it is definitely a stretch to call myself a teacher.

  2. This is a great resource for families with children who have a challenge with academics. I had a learning disability growing up. Finding the right resources and support can make a huge difference!

  3. I’m in this same boat. I’m homeschooling 3 daughters and all 3 have special needs. So these resources are much appreciated! I can’t wait to check them out. Thank you!

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