Before we get into talking about home-schooling your child with special needs, it is always good to consult with their doctor. This is not for your doctor to approve home-schooling for your child, but this is for you to better gauge if you will be capable of the task ahead. When you home-school your child, you have to consider the resources and skills you need to have to be able to assure that you attend to all of their needs. We all know that teaching children can be very challenging, yet very rewarding. There’s available help such as tutors to assist us on certain subjects we might find difficult to present to our kids. There are even parent groups who also teach their children with special needs at home. You can reach out to them. Participate with their forums or conversations. They could share with you their personal experiences and even give you tips on how they conduct their lessons at home.
If there’s anyone who knows our kids best, it is us, the parents. We know what their needs are, how they react to things, their pace of learning, and many more. I still believe that we can always do more. We can love, care, and be more patient than what we already are. The Lord will equip you. They say that it is our character that matters more than our skills. We might not be professional educators, but our love is big. Big enough to overcome our doubts and hesitations.
It’s good to know that public schools will not be able to address the needs of your child and private schools that do are costly. Public schools are there to address the needs of regular students who are able to look after themselves. Private schools on the other hand, might be able to cater to your kids’ needs, but they do cost more than what most of us can afford. If you don’t have time and resources to educate your child at home, you might want to look into a private school that will suit you and your child better.
Please do not make your decision to home-school your child out of desperation. The great thing about this is that it isn’t about our children’s “special needs”. It is not the main concern here. Keep in mind that you are schooling your child. There is no discrimination.
Make sure you have a place fit for your child to study. A room full of distractions might make it difficult for you to teach and difficult for your child to learn. Home-school institutions have outlines of their lessons. It will be up to us to pace the lessons and ours kids. Make sure you follow a regular schedule. This could be something difficult since it is new and because you are studying from home. You and your kid can surely adhere to this, as long as you remain committed. Set your children’s expectation by explaining the process. Give them a brief overview of how the lessons will take place. There are various practical and fun methods in teaching our kids. You can search the internet, or you may even come up with your own! Involve your child as much as possible in the planning, so you know which approach could work best.
Make sure you have time and are willing to exert effort in teaching. This needs to be consistentfor the child to get into the habit of learning at home with you as the teacher. Don’t forget to make it fun!
Share your experience and learn from others too. There are millions of children with special needs who study at home. Connect with the other parents to learn best practices or simply share your home-schooling experience.
For 15 years Mimi Rothschild has been privileged to help hundreds of thousands of homeschoolers educate their children at home. The MorningStar Academy is a private online Christian school offering diplomas and teachers. The Jubilee Academy is an online Christian curriculum provider offering over 150 full year online Christian courses for PreK-12.