View Full Version : What aspect of special needs homeschooling would you like to know more about?

03-29-2016, 09:55 AM
Good morning, SHS'ers! I'm really excited that we will soon have Christina Keller joining us in our From Soup to Nuts forum to talk about homeschooling special needs kiddos. Christina has a bachelors degree in Child-Life Psychology and a Masters in Clinical Behavioral Psychology. She has worked supporting families and children in education and early intervention for a combined 20+ years, and homeschooled her own children for past 5 years.

But what Christina would like to know is...
Is there a specific aspect or angle of special needs homeschooling that you'd like to discuss? What chat topic(s) would help you most in this particular stage of your journey?


03-30-2016, 01:45 AM
Special needs is such a broad topic, it may be too hard to grasp at the many, many different ways we deal with those needs. But that being said here is my wish list:

For me, I wish there was a reliable way to have a preliminary evaluation of different learning disabilities. We have so many discussions here on the forum about struggles that our children are having and we read resources trying to put together the pieces, that it would be helpful to have a reliable resource.

Now I realize that common response might be for an accurate diagnosis, a professional needs to be involved. I don't disagree, but my response to that is that there are a few issues where the child might never see the professional and the parent is still in the dark.

Insurance coverage is still a problem for the evaluation.

Not all school districts are accommodating or make it easy for homeschooling parents to have access to the resources. Sometimes public school is the reason we are homeschooling.

Sometimes the child, due to other issues, does not want to see a stranger for an evaluation and it can skew the findings or prevent them from happening.

Also, I wish that there was more DIY books on how to handle OT for SPD at home.

03-30-2016, 06:13 AM
Parent burnout. How to find support, educational and otherwise. Building executive functioning skills.

03-30-2016, 03:37 PM
How to navigate these issues as a child matures into the teen years and adulthood. Many kids have invisible disabilities, but they struggle in ways that people don't understand. So they appear in classes, extracurricular activities, or lessons outside the home as typical kids. However, the truth is that through sensory issues, processing issues, learning differences, etc. etc., these kids ARE different and how as parents do we go about handling that? How do we teach them to handle it moving forward? How do we teach them to adapt, be honest about their struggles when necessary, yet still be proud of who they are and not feel down on themselves?

03-30-2016, 09:51 PM
When an evaluation is necessary. How to get an evaluation done, both with and without having contact with the school district. (It can be difficult for homeschoolers to find an evaluator who isn't automatically biased and blaming the child's struggles on homeschooling.) How to seek services, both through the school district and privately. Exploring whether it is worth pursuing services from the school district. How often to re-evaluate. Whether or not to seek accommodations for PSAT/SAT/ACT. How to create a documentation history to use for requesting accommodations. How to adapt curriculum materials to make them work for a child with LD issues. Where to look for materials that are already adapted. Where to find assistive technology and how to decide whether or not it will be helpful in a homeschool environment. How to use distance learning programs for a student with LD issues.

03-31-2016, 07:22 AM
I like Executive Function skills as a topic.

How to teach kids together when one has special needs and the other does not.

03-31-2016, 09:28 AM
Indeed, Topsy, if her specialty is early intervention then that's what she should coach us on. I would like to hear encouragement about giving voice to that internal "something is not right" feeling many of us had about our little kiddos. And then, as Mariam, ejsmom and Laundrycrisis mentioned, tell us about what steps to take and how to navigate the intervention process.


03-31-2016, 12:50 PM
I like Executive Function skills as a topic.

How to teach kids together when one has special needs and the other does not.

I second on both.

My kids are so close in age, but I cannot combine them for anything. Special needs DD8 definitely has poor executive skills, low processing speed, slow fine motor skills and her younger sisters (DD6 and DD4) have no patience (and I do not expect them to have it either) to sit and wait until DD8 moves a pawn in a game, comes up with an answer, or finishes her page. We cannot do anything together, not even a board game or an art project. It is becoming my biggest HS problem.