Homeschooling special needs students can feel intimidating, even when you’ve found the perfect curriculum that suits your child’s learning style. It’s even more intimidating when you either can’t find a good fit or you’re so bombarded with therapy schedules and doctor visits, that you wonder how to make one work. Not that long ago, I found myself in a unique situation that I never expected. Based on necessity, we had to make some changes.
When our family started homeschooling some 20 years ago, it seemed like a natural progression of what we were already doing with our kids; talking about the world, reading good books, exploring our community and simply experiencing life together. I mean, all that was left was to teach reading and math. How hard could that really be? Famous last words!
There is a serious misconception that homeschooling is not a viable option when your child has special needs. Moreover, there is also a perception that a child with special needs, is missing out on valuable therapies and resources, when they are not a part of the school system. Today, I want to debunk some of those special needs homeschooling myths.
Yup, I just used the G-word. Did you cringe just now, when you read it? To be honest, I still cringe a little too. As the mother of a profoundly gifted and twice-exceptional child, I think that gifted is a terrible label; it brings to mind images of beautifully-wrapped packages with neatly tied bows. Our gifted reality is sometimes beautiful but complicated and challenging and anything but neat. When folks hear the word gifted, they tend to make assumptions.