Have you made the decision to homeschool your child with special needs? You might feel intimidated and a little nervous, but have no fear because there are plenty of resources available to help you with this new journey. Check out these tips for homeschooling a child with special needs.
Before we begin, understand that you know your child best and what will work and won’t work for them. Sometimes trial and error is the only way to know what will work, homeschooling wise, for your special needs child.
Evaluate the curriculum you want to use.
Picking out a curriculum for a child with special needs is way different than picking out traditional curriculum. When picking out this educational tool, think of what will work for your child. Ask yourself these questions:
- Can my child move at their own speed?
- Can my child pick up concepts easily from the teaching style?
- Is there a way to replay the lesson in case my child doesn’t get it the first time?
- Are there additional resources available to help with my child’s specific needs?
Don’t be afraid to utilize public resources.
Taking your special needs child to the local museum, park, and library are important. They can learn so much from these sorts of homeschooling venues. You can also ask for special tours if your child needs to move at a different pace than the traditional tours these places offer.
Lean on the Facebook community.
There are a large number of homeschooling special needs resources available on places like Facebook. With a quick search, you’ll be able to join a number of parental support groups. There are also special blogs directed to special needs homeschooling. Lean on your Facebook and blogging community for questions and tips.
Make sure you stay organized.
Homeschooling a child with special needs is going to take a few hours a day. That’s why it’s important to stay as organized as possible. You want to spend the time homeschooling and not looking for the curriculum you lost.
Prepare to learn a lot yourself.
This homeschooling a child with special needs process will make you learn a lot yourself. You’ll learn a lot about your child that you didn’t know you knew. Realize that you don’t need special qualifications to homeschool your child because there are tons of resources available. Although you’re setting out on this journey to teach your child, be prepared to learn a lot about yourself as well.
Know that homeschooling does work.
You may have your doubts, but homeschooling a special needs child in your home does work. The dayswill be long, but the efforts will pay off. Homeschooling your special needs child allows them to get one-on-one teaching in an environment they are familiar in.
Are there any tips you would add to this list?