Special Learners

A home full of love, warmth, security and support can be the ideal atmosphere in which these children will thrive. Their needs can be met in an environment where there are no labels. There is help in abundance for such families.

“The first step in working with your special needs child is to recognize that you are, in all likelihood, the single best resource. You should not expect anyone to care for the child the way you do, or to the extent you do.”

David and Laurie Lanier, The Homeschool Manual by Theodore E. Wade Jr.

10 Reasons to Homeschool Your Child With Special Needs
“As a parent of a special needs child, I feel that we have been chosen by God to raise these precious special children. If He has laid it on your heart to home educate them, then He will be there to help guide you through the amazing journey. It may not always be easy, but with much prayer and patience it can be done.” Article by Amanda Fuller that originally appeared in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.

Home Schooling Your Struggling Learner
“Currently in America, hundreds of families are homeschooling children whose special needs range from attention deficit disorder to severe multiple handicaps. Parents often find that when they bring these children home to be educated, they come out of the ‘deep freeze’ that has kept them from making significant progress in traditional settings.” Recommendations and answers from HSLDA.

Homeschooling Success: One Mother’s Story
Article at Yale explaining how the homeschooling option can work for dyslexic students.  “…[W]e struggle with the difficulties, but homeschooling gives us the opportunity to soar in areas of his strengths. And his self-esteem is intact!”

In His Care: Our Story of Raising a Child with Down Syndrome
“I have finally concluded that it is NOT the 45 minutes of therapy several times a week that is going to make a difference in Kaylee’s development, it is what we do with her on a regular basis, every single day, that truly counts.” Article from Home School Enrichment.

National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network (NATHHAN)
“Equipping parents to raise their children with special needs or disabilities confidently.” Organization for Christian families homeschooling special needs children.

Special Needs Children’s Fund
“The Special Needs Children’s Fund enables financially struggling homeschooling families to provide a quality education for their children with special learning needs.” Sponsored by The Home School Foundation, an arm of HSLDA.

A Thousand Simple Kindnesses
This one is a bit different.  It is an article written by a homeschooling mom with three special needs children.  The focus is on what we can do for families with special needs.  Great ideas covering the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the family.