This article is written by Daniel Sherwin from Dadsolo.com. All content provided is for informational purposes only. Always adapt and apply suggestions based on your child’s needs.
Children with special needs are the most amazing little troopers. Whether they have physical disabilities, mental illnesses, or are on the autism spectrum, they are all awesome little people.
Some have survived brain injuries, cancer, traumatic births, or unspeakable situations. And their parents are truly heroic, brave souls. Together, families like yours are capable of persevering through just about anything.
Chances are if you’re reading this article, your child is school age (or almost ready to begin school) and you are starting to plan for his or her future. Of course, you want nothing but success and happiness for your little one. A quality education through homeschooling is a great way to help ensure nothing but the best for your child.
Traditional schooling v.s. homeschooling
Traditional schooling via special education and related resources is most certainly an option for every child no matter their abilities. However, as a homeschooling parent to a child with special needs, you know just how much of an impact the extra attention and patience you provide can make. Not only will you be able to provide your child with one-on-one time, but as the ParentingSquad puts it, “Homeschooling allows you to structure learning to fit your child’s needs, abilities, and personality.”
Raising a child takes a village, but raising a child with special needs takes a village of professionals who are trained in and extremely knowledgeable of your child’s disability. By teaching from home, you gain control over the specialists your child works with, whether it is a tutor or speech pathologist. You get to see the specific areas focused on and methods used, enabling you to continue this learning on your own.
There are many educational activities that work well for children with special needs, and many can easily be taught from home.
Resources for homeschooling parents of children with special needs
Here are some resources:
- Home Advisor offers real-life mathematics lesson plans
- The Biology Corner offers various biology lessons
- PBS offers history lesson ideas
- Sensory games and arts and crafts work well for children on the autism spectrum.
- Children with physical disabilities might learn well from a variety of fun science experiments.
- All types of children can benefit from building social and emotional
Service dogs can also be a wonderful option for helping offer independence to your child. There are many types of service dogs out there, including hearing dogs, guide dogs for the blind, seizure alert dogs, walking or balance dogs, and dogs for psychiatric disabilities. There is even a special category of service dogs for building social skills and providing companionship. Regardless of which type of service dog you choose, these dogs help promote confidence, self-esteem, and compassion for your child.
Being a parent is a blessing in itself. We are all blessed. All of us. Every parent of every child, including every child with every type of disability. Getting a proper education for your child with special needs may not be easy. It may not be what you expected, but with the proper support, your child can thrive.
Related articles on this site
- The Benefits of Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs
- Homeschooling as Holistic Living Education & Its Impact on the Education of a Child with Special Needs
- The Foundations We Build as Homeschoolers of Children with Special Needs
Daniel Sherwin is the proud single father of two amazing kids (a daughter and a son). After noticing the lack of resources on the web for single dads, he started writing articles so that others could learn from his successes and failures. You can find him at Dadsolo.com.