Help with Homeschooling if You or Your Child is ADD or ADHD
ADHD or Highly Spirited?
At home, he can relax in his own environment, and you can ensure the distractions are at a minimum. You can help him to learn in the ways that suit his style, at times when he is most eager to learn.
Born to Explore
Welcome to the other side of ADD on this site devoted entirely to exploring positive and alternative views of attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), written by Teresa Gallagher.
Challenges In Homeschooling ADHD Children
AN A to Z ARTICLE
By Robert Locke MBE. You will quickly find answers about the causes of ADHD and what to look out for in getting an ADHD test, the limitations of ADHD medications and the advantages of a more natural approach.
Feature Section: Attention Deficit Disorder
A set of rather negative articles, for those who feel ADD is over-diagnosed. From Home Education Magazine.
Homeschooling LD/ADD Children: Great Idea or Big Mistake?
It’s becoming increasingly common for parents to pull a miserable LD or ADD youngster out of school in the middle of the academic year. It’s as though something suddenly snaps. by Suzanne H. Stevens.
Positively ADD – Parenting & Unschooling
Jan, who homeschools her “very active” son, offers tips and links for others in similar situation.
Unschooling With ADD
AN A to Z ARTICLE
Once these children are at home and have “deschooled” for a year or so, their parents begin to wonder if some large part of the learning disability they’ve been told about might not be school-induced.
by Lenore Colacion Hayes
Discover the Perfect Education Choice for Your Special-Needs Child
More and more parents are realizing that homeschooling is a great option for children with ADD, ADHD, and other special needs, Homeschooling parents can tailor the learning experience to precisely fit their child’s requirements, a critical neccessity in the develpment of special-needs children. So, how can you provide the most effective education for your child at home?
by Kathy Kuhl
Whether you already homeschool, are considering it, or just want to help your child after school, Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner helps you teach your child at home. Kathy Kuhl homeschooled her struggling learner for 4th-12th grades. After he graduated, she interviewed 64 homeschoolers with children with different learning problems, including autism, learning disabilities, AD/HD, and other conditions. She distills their wisdom while conveying her own experience and insights. See her website, Learn Differently “Her scope of knowledge, sensitivity to the questions and needs of parents…, and list of resources are invaluable to any parent who homeschools their child.” Larry B. Silver, M.D. “Anyone who lives or works with a struggling learner will find many a valuable nugget to aid in their work with these children.” Barbara D. Ingersoll, Ph.D. “Kathy’s experience, wisdom, and knowledgeable advice will be of immeasurable assistance and comfort for you.” Richard D. Lavoie, M.Ed., M.A.
Calming Hyperactive Children
Education Without Medication
I had learned, from our pediatrician, that children like Timothy benefit from smaller class sizes, a curriculum suited to their level of understanding, and more opportunities for physical activities. I spent six months searching for alternative schools which would meet these criteria. Private schools did not offer any of them. One alternative did meet all three criteria: Homeschooling. By Karen Hoogland, HEM J/A01.
How To Get Your Kids Off The Refrigerator and Onto Learning
While most people are aware that ADHD children possess great volumes of energy and an inability to focus, only those of us who live with them have come to know and love that delightfully quality known as “Impulse Control.” By Carol Barnier, Family Times, Feb 2001.
Increase the Attention Span of Boys With These Tips
As a general rule, the attention span of boys tends to be shorter than that of girls. Obviously this varies with each child. There are more boys who suffer from ADHD. And even boys who have wonderful powers of focus still have a tendency to move, bounce, fiddle with objects, look around, and generally want to be on the move. By Michelle Caskey, Homeschool Your Boys.
Jumping Jeepers! Why Won’t These Kids Sit Still?
Once you have seen genuine hyperactivity, you will never mistake the liveliness of the Erica’s of the world for this kind of pathology. By Dr. Renee Fuller.
Light and Learning
AN A to Z ARTICLE
If you want to see an immediate improvement in attitude in your family, replace pink and cool white fluorescent lighting with full spectrum light bulbs inside your home.
Over prescribing medication to children
I chose not to medicate my son after doing extensive research, soul searching and discussion with him over the years. I loved my son as he was. As a child he shone to me like a beam of light, always happy, fun loving and kind. By Heather Haines, SunnyHomeschool/Unschool, Saturday, 21 February 2015.
SingBabySing Ideas to Calm Hyper Children and Yourself
There’s no question about it. Certain kinds of classical music can calm down your child (and you!) faster than just about anything else.
Teaching and Seeing the Gift in Your Highly Distractible Child
After 6 difficult months, I stopped thinking in terms of “what works for most children” and I finally began to find out what works for MY child. Over the years we developed tricks and strategies that clearly made a difference. From Carol’s Web Corner.
A.D.D. Now You See It, Now You Don’t
By Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. Dr. Armstrong offers fifty non-drug strategies for helping a child overcome attention and behavioral problems. These include activities for increasing self-esteem and making the most of vitality and creativity.
Gifted Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
James Webb explains how the similarities between ADHD and Giftedness can even confuse the “experts.”
Moms With ADD
Can Moms With ADHD Homeschool?
I was worried about my ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder.) What if I forgot to plan lessons? What if I kept switching from one thing to another and forgot to finish any of them? What if I just completely forgot to have school? Would I be a terrible homeschool parent? By Terrie Lynn Bittner.
Homeschool Moms with ADD/ADHD
Unfortunately support for Moms with ADHD is hard to come by, and nearly nonexistent for ADHD Moms who homeschool. We pray this group will meet a need, and be a blessing and encouragement.
Homeschooling ADHD Moms
As moms with ADHD lets support, encourage and laugh with each other in this crazy but joyful ride we call home school! No judgments please. We all have those moments…hours….OK days.. where we “ADD” and find ourselves doing some totally random thing NOT in the plan (what’s a plan?)
Online Social Networks
Support group for parents (and grandparents) of ADD or ADHD children who are interested in homeschooling or have chosen to homeschool. This list was created for those who are members of the Body of Christ, but others are welcome as long as they respect the beliefs and flavor of this list.
For those who have chosen to homeschool their ADD/ADHD, gifted child. Share the joys, challenges and frustrations of homeschooling/unschooling your child with other families.
ADHD Gifted Children Support Group
Non judgemental group to help support our kids to make them as happy and healthy as possible. No selling, advertising or bashing of any kind.
Homeschooling Our Aspergers, ADHD, PDD (High Functioning) Kids 2
This is, above all, a safe place where people who are homeschooling (or making the decision to homeschool) their kiddos with a variety of different development challenges can come for encouragement, to share experiences, seek advice, and a number of other things. It’s a fantastic group and we’ve been fortunate to not have the kinds of drama and hurtful dialogue that many of us have seen elsewhere. We fully intend to keep it that way! (The original group is full and not taking new members.)
Homeschooling the ADHD Child Support Group
The purpose of the group is to support parents of ADHD children, not to convert anyone to a religion. However, occasionally discussions of a religious nature come up, for example a member might ask for a recommendation for a Bible curriculum or ask for prayer in a challenging situation. Feel free to ignore such posts if you aren’t religious.
Homeschooling Your Spirited Child
This group is intended as an inclusive group for homeschooling parents with spirited children as a place to share frustrations, seek advice or generally comment about their learning journey with a spirited child.
ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder
Mother with ADD and active kids writes about homeschooling with ADD in whole family. From Sassafrass Grove.
Homeschooling ADD/ADHD Children
The mental giant leap seems to be not so much taking responsibility for teaching your own child but more the thought of being around them 24hours a day! How is it possible to do it without going crazy? How did I do it? By Kath in New Zealand.
This is where I’ll share my triumphs and struggles as I start a homeschooling journey with my Awesome children: Sir Dragon (8) and Princess Dragon (5).
Personal Notes on ADD
We can only speculate from historical evidence and anecdotal thoughts (he was overactive and constantly underfoot) that Edison may have been yesterday’s ADD poster child. By Janie Bowman
Reading and Perpetual Motion
Evan bounced from chair to couch to floor, asking questions or providing a running commentary on the story the whole time. By Kris Bordessa, HEM N/D 03.
The magazine resource site for women and girls with Attention Deficit Disorder. The only site on the web dedicated to providing you with the best, most up-to-date information and resources for females with ADD.
Catalog of materials for those working with ADD kids and their instructors and family members. Site has a number of good articles about ADD.
The Nurtured Heart Approach
Transforming the difficult child. A book about an alternative approach to calming an ADHD child. The author, Howard Glasser, will also be holding a series of workshops nationwide.