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homeschool Q&A Ask A Mom: Homeschool Q&A
Does it make sense to homeschool a child with ADD?

Q&A: How to get started homeschooling your special needs child...

"My son has been diagnosed with ADD and he is now enrolled in the public school system. I'm seriously considering homeschooling, but I don't even know when or where to start. Are a lot of parents homeschooling special needs kids? If so, how can I find them?"

Ideas from other homeschool moms!

  • "As the mother of a special needs child, I would say that the three most important things you need to find are support, support, and support - in that order! I also know that you can feel absolutley alone and like you're the only parent dealing with this problem in the entire world. So where do you start to look for help? I would suggest calling your local State Health Department and talk to a liscensed Social Worker. They can tell you what services your state can offer you (for free!) and can also connect you to other programs - and other parents - in your area. They're very helpful and this is a great place to start your search for support." - Amber


  • "Since the whole point of homeschooling for a lot of families is to taylor the learning process to their kid's specific needs, it makes perfect sense to homeschool a child with ADD or any other special need - this way you can address your son's strengths and weaknesses head-on! But starting to homeschool your child is hard no matter who you are and we all have to start at the beginning. Read over this Ask-a-Mom about Getting Started Homeschooling, a lot of those ideas will aply to you, too!" -Sara


  • "Of course you can homeschool your child with ADD, but the question you need to ask yourself is can you. Do you have the patience and time to do it right? My son is a wild and sometimes unrully child and it takes an infinate amount of patience to spend day after day with him. I get no breaks...there is no school time and home time. School is at home and since I took on the responsibility of teaching my son the skills he'll need to be successful in life I don't get a lot of time for myself. Honestly...sometimes I can't wait for the day to be over. As a potentially new homeschooler, make sure that you're ready for the commitment before you make the decision. This is a huge step even if your child is not special needs. I can't image the patience and unconditional love it must take to homeschool a special needs child. I applaud all the parents doing it and must take this time to warn anyone thinking about making this step. This is not a decision to take lightly; however if you do think you can do and are up to the challenge your child could have no better teacher than a loving parent!"- Jenny




  • "I homeschool my child with ADD and we're doing great. Yes - it was haard at first, but we got thru the ard part in the beginning as soon as I let go of the idea of what school was supposed to be. There doesn't have to be a desk and a bunch of worksheets. I can make fun games out of his math problems and attract his attention with writing comic books with him instead of writing sentences for handwriting skills. Take your child's future into your hands and let go of your expectations about school! Here are some resources to help you get educated and find support."


Learning Difficulties Resources & Curriculum

General Learning Difficulties Websites:

Behavior Analysts, Inc. – Behavior Analysts, Inc. provides support and curriculum for children with developmental disabilities, particularly with weak language skills. We recommend checking out their curriculum package called ABBLS as well as the book Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities.

The Feingold Association – This site argues that a child’s diet can directly affect his or her behavior and ability to learn. They provide dietary tips for a healthier child.

National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated
Network
– This site offers support for Christian homeschoolers with learning disabled children.

– This site provides support, articles, curriculum, and a free monthly newsletter for parents with children with learning disabilities.

Schwab Learning – This is a parent’s guide to helping children with learning difficulties.

Teaching Your Hearing Impaired Child:

Another Path – This is a comprehensive guide to homeschooling your deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing impaired child.

Deaf Christian Homeschool – This is a group where parents of deaf or hard-of-hearing children share their teaching tips, ideas, and views based on biblical principles.

Deaf Homeschool – This is a support group and information clearinghouse for parents who are homeschooling deaf or hard-of-hearing children.

Teaching Your Dyslexic Child:

Reading Success Lab – Take their free reading and dyslexia screening test, read their informative articles on dyslexia, and check out their software solutions to help your child learn to read.

Dyslexia My Life – This site offers help and resource links for dyslexia.

Dyslexia Resources – This site offers articles and audio files about dyslexia.

Dyslexia, the Gift – This site explores the positive talents arising from dyslexia.

Dyslexia Teacher – Learn what causes dyslexia and become a certified teacher of children with dyslexia.

The International Dyslexia Association – A great resource!

World of Dyslexia – A dyslexia discussion forum.

Alternative Assessment Methods – Karen Fehring describes a range of alternative testing methods for dyslexic children and teenagers.

Reading Proficiency Tests in English (RPTE) – Information on the Reading Proficiency Tests in English (RPTE) from the Texas Education Agency.

Teaching Your Blind or Visually Impaired Child:

Blind Homeschoolers – This is a small but active e-mail list of families homeschooling vision impaired or blind children.

Core Curriculum for Blind and Visually Impaired
Students
– This site offers information on core curriculum for blind children.

National Library Service for the Blind and Handicapped – This site provides Braille and audio books. Check for information on who is eligible and how to sign up.

Homeschooling Your Blind Child – There are many reasons to homeschool your blind child. Here are six great ones...

Perkins Early Intervention Resources – An information clearinghouse on early intervention for blindness & visual impairment.

Teaching Your Autistic Child:

Behavior Analysts, Inc. – Behavior Analysts, Inc. provides support and curriculum for children with developmental disabilities, particularly with weak language skills. We recommend checking out their curriculum package called ABBLS as well as the book Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities.

Autism Resources – This site provides information about teaching autistic children.

Homeschooling Autism – Look here for articles on autism.

Teaching Your Child with ADD:

ADHD News – This is a newsletter for parents and teachers dealing with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).

Can Teach – This is a website that focuses on attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity. They offer informational articles and helpful links.

Homeschooling the ADHD Child – This site discusses issues dealt with in homeschool for the child with attention deficit disorder (ADD) along with helpful links.

Homeschooling ADD/ADHD – This website provides links on the subject of attention deficit disorder and homeschooling.

Informative Books About Learning Difficulties:

The Way They Learn

Unlocking Your Child's Learning Potential: How to Equip Kids to Succeed in School and Life

Discover Your Child's Learning Style: Children Learn in Unique Ways – Here’s the Key to Every Child’s Learning Success

Distance Learning Programs for Children with Learning Difficulties:

Seascape Educational Center – SeaScape offers Preschool-8, high school, and specialized curriculum services for the deaf.

Power Learning Network – Power Learning offers online tutoring for dyslexic and other homeschoolers with learning disabilities; 4th grade and up.

Hadley School for the Blind – This is an accredited program that offers over 90 distance education courses to eligible students completely free of charge.

Learning Disability Organizations:

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CH.A.D.D.)
8181 Professional Place, Suite 201
Landover , MD 20785
(800) 233-4050
(301)306-7070
Fax: (301)306-7090

International Dyslexia Association
Chester Building , Suite 382
8600 LaSalle Road
Baltimore , MD 21286-2044
(410) 296-0232
(800) 222-3123 (Toll Free)
email: info@interdys.org

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
4156 Library Road
Pittsburgh , PA 15234
Ph.(412) 341-1515
Fax(412) 344-0224

National Association for the Education of African American Children with Learning Disabilities
P.O. Box 09521
Columbus , Ohio 43209
(614) 237-6021
Fax: (614) 238-0929
Email: info@aacld.org

National Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children (NAPSEC)
1522 K Street, NW
Suite 1032
Washington , DC 20005
(202) 408-3338

National Coalition for Auditory Processing Disorders, Inc (NCAPD)
P.O. Box 11810 Jacksonville , Fl 32239-1810
Email: info@ncapd.org
Includes a state-by-state referral network

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
381 Park Avenue South, Suite 1420
New York , NY 10016
PH (212) 545-7510
Fax (212) 545-9665
Toll Free Information & Referral Service: 1-888-575-7373

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, D.C. 20013-1492
(202) 884-8200
(800) 695-0285 (Toll Free)

National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
6100 Executive Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 496-5733

Schwab Learning
1650 South Amphlett Boulevard, Suite 300
San Mateo , CA 94402
(650) 655-2410
(800) 230-0988
FAX (650) 655-2411
email: webmaster@schwablearning.org

ReadingRockets.org

Gifted Children Resources

Helpful Websites:

Homeschooling Gifted Children – Resources and articles about homeschooling gifted children.

Share Your Ideas about next month's Ask A Mom.

"I'm a stay-at-home-homeschooling mom and my husband works very hard so that we can afford to homeschool our kids on one income. Sometimes, though, I think that he feels left out of the homeschooling activities and even left out of the family. How can I involve Dad more in our homeschooling life?"


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