Homeschooling is a valid choice for an alternative education for many parents. What about parents who have children with special needs? Is it still a valid choice? How can homeschooling be beneficial for those with special needs? Is homeschooling the best decision for your child? Find out why so many parents are turning to homeschooling with children within the special needs community.
Homeschooling can provide a one-on-one learning program helping a child develop at his/her own pace. A child can learn according to his capabilities, his learning style, and progress with immediate help being available. A homeschool education program allows the flexibility to adapt the curriculum at any time or change it completely according to the educational progress of the child’s needs. Flexibility is easily incorporated where needed and thus helping the education environment be more in tune with the child. This provides an instant Individualized Education Program and personalized differentiated education.
A learning program at home will provide an environment without feelings of inadequacy and mockery while developing the child’s strengths. A child progresses with praise and encouragement, allowing great self-esteem and a good sense of accomplishment. Special needs can be intimidating in a classroom driven by competition where the child is incapable to meet the demands. Within a homeschooling environment, the needs are adequately made to meet the child where he is at.
Health and Safety
Health is another reason many parents turn to homeschooling. The environment within the home is easily adapted for those dealing with auto-immune deficiency, for example. Adaptations such as wheelchair ramps, sensory integration inefficiencies, and having medications readily available are easily put into place. For example: A child that is hyper-sensitive to sound, sight, smell, and touch can study in a quiet environment with minimal distractions.
Slowly being exposed to these things within a controlled environment, and allowing a steady progress of therapy in a consistent environment. A child who has rage issues can learn coping methods without being a harm to others. Thus allowing a safety net for learning to express himself in a way that is appropriate. Special diets are incorporated without worrying about classmates and allergies. Health and safety are the most common reasons to homeschool a child with special needs.
A child with special needs sometimes needs more direction with social skills. A good example would be a child with autism. Reminders of unwritten social cues can be given on the spot within a social situation because the parent is present. Participating in homeschool groups gives opportunities to be in plays, play chess, reading programs, different athletics, talent shows, and many field trips! Homeschool groups have grown tremendously over the last 20 years and offer the same and sometimes more extra curricular activities than schools can offer. Special Olympic programs are still available to homeschoolers and can offer a great place for accomplishment, self-worth, and socializing.
Homeschooling provides many positives for a child with special needs. It is a valid educational option for parents giving the differentiated educational environment every child can benefit from without malice. Do your research and discover if homeschooling is the best option for your child.