Yes, You Can Homeschool a Special Needs Child is part of the Back to Homeschool: Mind Over Matter blog series. This post has been provided by Cynthia from Inside Our Normal.
We all have our hands full parenting our own kids, and some families may be more intense, if you have kids with extra challenges like we do. Summer is the time to let the routine go by the wayside. As fall begins, so begins the struggle of getting everyone back in sync with the family routine.
For our family, that routine is a little more important. Autism is a part of our family and our school, and it makes things extra interesting sometimes when we can see just how differently he sees the world as we learn together.
Homeschooling a child with extra challenges can seem overwhelming at first. It can also be the best, however, as the teacher already knows the student. I am constantly reminded how God created our family to be the way it is: I am his mother and God equipped me uniquely to be sensitive to his needs and invested in his success. Our relationship is a strength of our schooling relationship. Educating at home for us the best holistic place for him to learn.
I never felt like I could just put him on a bus and be happy and confident that he was being taken care of. I spent a lot of energy during the brief time we tried at public school to make the school see him for who he was and how he learned. Now I’m able to spend that same energy working with him directly to learn and grow in the ways that work for him (even if that means drilling math facts while running circles on the trampoline in the yard).
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The flexibility we have as homeschoolers is a real strength to homeschooling differently wired kids. We can make learning situations mold to our child instead of forcing our child to fit in the school sized box. This sets them up for a full life of learning. It’s not easy at all and there are definitely those intense moments when the yellow bus looks mighty tempting, but I know that this is the right fit for him and for me as his teacher.
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Cynthia Heren writes at Inside Our Normal. Starting her 6th year as a homeschool mom, she always planned to homeschool but didn’t expect to do it because of the unique challenges each of her kids has including Autism, Giftedness, Anxiety and ADHD. You can peek Inside their Normal on Instagram and Facebook as they adventure through life and homeschool.