Home Education

Yes, You Can Homeschool a Special Needs Child

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.

Read more encouragement for Homeschooling Your Special Needs Child and peek inside what normal looks like homeschooling 3 out-of the-box kids Inside Our Normal.

Before you go, don’t forget to enter the back to homeschool bundle giveaway and comment below with any concerns you may have with homeschooling. We are here to support you!

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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.




Home Education

Benefits of Homeschooling a Child with Autism

Benefits of Homeschooling a Child with Autism is part of the Back to Homeschool: Mind Over Matter blog series. This post has been provided by Patty from A Mother’s Random Thoughts.

When I realized that my youngest son Jack-Jack was on the autism spectrum, I contemplated putting him in public school. It wasn’t that I didn’t feel qualified to homeschool. I had already been homeschooling for 17 years at that time. But I didn’t feel qualified to teach a special needs child. 

As I was exploring my options, I had several special needs teachers tell me to continue teaching him at home. These opinions were unsolicited. I knew two things: 1) If special needs teachers are telling me to keep homeschooling, there must be a pretty good reason, and 2) God was definitely at work bringing people to encourage me when I was doubting the path I should take with my son.

As I began teaching him at home, I found that although we work at a much slower pace. Jack-Jack is always making progress, and since I can customize his education he is learning and growing at the pace that God wants him to. However, without the support of a local homeschool group and a powerful online support, I would be floundering. 

This is why I write to encourage others. I know that the stories I have read give me hope for my son, and it is important for me to pass on that hope and joy to others. Jack-Jack and I share our day with you online and in video form. We want to encourage you to take the leap of faith to homeschool and give your child the best possible environment for a special needs child – a loving, warm home. This foundation will enable your child to grow into the role that God has for them.

Now that Jack-Jack is 14, I laugh at how nervous I was to begin homeschooling him. It hasn’t always been easy, but it is definitely worth it. Read more about some of the Benefits of Homeschooling Autism.

Before you go, don’t forget to enter the back to homeschool bundle giveaway and comment below with any concerns you may have with homeschooling. We are here to support you!

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Patty Moliterno is a wife, homeschooling mom and advocate for finding joy and blessings in your everyday circumstances. She has 5 children ranging from ages 31-14, and 5 grandchildren. She has been homeschooling for the last 26 years. Follow Patty at A Mother’s Random Thoughts.