Special Needs and Homeschooling

Several families that I know that are homeschooling are doing so because they have at least one child that was struggling in the public school system- myself included.

My story begins with my oldest son who was diagnosed with ADHD and learning disabilities early on in his school career. We did everything that we could to help him, including putting him on medicine to enable him to sit still for long periods of time. I would also volunteer in his classroom at least 3 days a week ,with his little brother strapped to my back, while I helped out.  It was painful to watch him sit there and struggle with his work in those early years, and in the later years watch him cower in his seat hoping that the teacher wouldn’t call on him. Other times, he didn’t  want to go to recess because he was picked on terribly by the kids that I had just helped out in his class. Talk about “mama rage”- I had it a lot back then.  It also hadn’t helped that up until then we had moved every couple of years due to his father’s job. If I only would have thought for a moment and realized that I could have done just as good of a job as he was getting in school maybe I could have saved us all a lot of headaches and tears!

He was still behind for his grade when I pulled him out after 5th grade, but we have chipped  away at that gap since then and are almost caught up. I feel great that I can adapt his studies to the way he needs to be taught, instead of him having to struggle through it. I believe that the most important thing that you have to have to homeschool a child with special needs is patience.He may not get it the first ten times you explain it (or even the first hundred times), but eventually he WILL get it. There is no ridicule from his peers to make him shrink into his seat in fear of being picked on by choosing out of the norm classes. Only the love from his parent telling him that he can do this problem or spell this word.

If you are reading this article, then you are one step ahead of most -and myself include. I waited almost too long to pull my boys from the school system. Just in time for my oldest(currently in 8th grade), and because of that my now 3rd grader will reap the benefits!

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