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Homeschooling Learning Disabilities

Tips, Advice, and Networks to Support Your Family when Homeschooling a Child with Learning Disabilities

Homeschooling Learning Disabilities
By: Mindy Scirri, Ph.D.
Disclaimer: Throughout this series, we will be using the diagnostic language and terms that most people who are searching the Internet will use to find information. We fully understand that using any term to categorize children may result in generalizations that may not apply to every child, stigmas associated with that term, and the possibility of overlooking the many beautiful positive traits that exist when we look at the whole child. We celebrate the differences that make us unique individuals and learners, and we write everything in this series with the hopes of benefiting all children and their families. Resources are provided as options for you, may not represent the views and opinions of A2Z Homeschooling, and in no way are meant to replace medical or other professional advice.

Homeschooling a child with learning disabilities is just like homeschooling any other child, right? Yes and no. In many ways, good homeschool teaching is good homeschool teaching, and a lot of the techniques that would be beneficial to your child with learning disabilities would benefit other children, too. However, there are definitely some additional considerations when you are homeschooling learning disabilities. For example, is there a best homeschool curriculum for learning disabilities? What if you are also homeschooling siblings without learning disabilities? Which extra supports would be most useful? Where can you find networks of families who are also homeschooling learning disabilities, and how can you locate helpful resources?

A2Z homeschooling, as always, wants you to be successful, so here are some resources to get you started:

Tips and Considerations for Homeschooling Learning Disabilities

Advice and Stories from Families Who Are Homeschooling Learning Disabilities
Homeschooling Learning Disabilities Support Groups

Other Resources on Learning Disabilities

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Tips and Considerations for Homeschooling Learning Disabilities

Even if you are not a certified special education teacher, you can learn how to teach a child with learning disabilities—especially if that child is your child. You know your child best, and you can focus on your child better than a teacher who has a classroom full of students. Where are you going to get the “training” that you need? Well, you can learn a lot from the information provided by experts and organizations on the Internet. Here are some resources for you:

Do You Suspect Learning Problems? | Homeschool.com
Bonnie Terry, learning disability specialist, offers points to consider when you think your child may have a learning disability.

Homeschooling Children with Learning Disabilities | HEAV
Kathy Kuhl, a veteran homeschooler and teacher, writes about having your child assessed, educating yourself, getting help, and maintaining perspective.

Homeschooling Kids with LD or ADHD: The Pros and Cons | Great Schools
Explore a number of important questions related to whether or not you should homeschool your child with learning disabilities: Why would parents of kids with LD or ADHD choose to homeschool? What kinds of skills and training do parents need? How will homeschooling affect family dynamics? Will my child become socially isolated if she is homeschooled? What kind of support can I expect from the public school district? And more….

Homeschooling Learning Disabilities | Bridgeway Academy
Enter your email address to download a copy of Bridgeway Academy’s white paper, “Homeschooling a Child with a Learning Disability.”

Homeschooling LD/ADD Children: Great Idea or Big Mistake? | LD Online
Discover ways to consider the big question of whether to homeschool your child with LD or ADD. The article also describes homeschooling a child with LD, including issues like contact with the school and how to use professionals, the benefits of flexibility and structured socialization, and parental pitfalls. Custom-designed programs are also discussed.

How Homeschooling Can Work for Your Child with Learning Disabilities | Friendship Circle
Jessica Parnell, mom and homeschool evaluator, shares statistics, success stories, and information on choosing homeschooling and providing accommodations and modifications.

How-To Homeschool Your Learning Abled Kid: 75 Questions Answered $
By Sandra K. Cook (Author)
“Sandy Cook… has spent over a decade helping more than 1650 parents homeschooling children with special needs and learning disabilities…. If you don’t know any other homeschoolers, this book could be essential for giving you insights about everything from getting started to finding other homeschooling families and how to choose curriculum for homeschooling special needs. How-To Homeschool Your Learning Abled Kid takes you through the necessary steps for figuring out what your child needs educationally, how to teach your child, and provides information about resources, support groups, and ways to help your child learn better.”

Parents Need a Special Curriculum for Children with Learning Disabilities | Time4Learning
How can you find the best homeschool curriculum for students with learning disabilities? Find out what to look for in a curriculum and why Time4Learning might be the right choice for your family.

Special Needs Homeschool: Homeschooling a Child with Learning Disabilities | Calvert Education
Read about some tips for homeschooling learning disabilities, including some initial steps you should take to set up your homeschool for success.

You CAN Homeschool to Overcome Learning Disabilities | Learning Abled Kids
Learn the benefits of homeschooling a child with learning disabilities, including the avoidance of some of the issues for children with learning disabilities who attend traditional schools. Also check out Learning Abled Kids’ section on Free Homeschool Curriculum for Learning Disabilities.

 

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Advice and Stories from Families Who Are Homeschooling Learning Disabilities

Information about homeschooling learning disabilities is definitely what you need, but you may also find that learning from other families who are homeschooling a child with learning disabilities can be just as important. Check out these suggestions and stories from families who are like yours—at least in some ways:

Homeschool Success Stories with Learning Disabilities | Learning Abled Kids
Check out this collection of stories from mothers who have homeschooled a child with learning disabilities successfully. Read about these families and then start your own homeschool success story!

Homeschooling Kids with Learning Disabilities | Love to Know
Kathleen Roberts shares her interview with Kim Ashby, homeschool mother of three children with learning disabilities. Discover Kim’s advice and teaching tips as she relays her story.

 

Homeschooling Learning Disabilities Support Groups

Homeschooling a child with learning disabilities can be challenging, amid the many rewards, and sometimes having other families to contact directly can be useful. You can join general homeschool support groups or special needs homeschool support groups, or you can choose groups that are designed to support families who are homeschooling with learning disabilities. The number of support groups for homeschooling learning disabilities is limited, so you can also think about starting your own. For now, investigate these support groups to see if they are right for your family:

Homeschooling with Dyslexia
“Homeschooling with Dyslexia exists to help parents and teachers get educated about learning differences like dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD. Our kids learn differently and need to be taught differently!” This is a public Facebook page where you can find information and resources and connect with other homeschoolers.

Homeschooling with Dyslexia & ADHD 
“A place where homeschooling families of dyslexic, dysgraphic, or ADHD students can interact, advise and help each other problem-solve.”

Homeschooling Kids with Dyslexia & Other Special Needs
This private Facebook group is “open to PARENTS who homeschool or are considering homeschooling their children that have one or more diagnose(s) of Dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, FASD, FAS, ARND, Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, PDD, auditory processing issues, low IQ, math disabilities, writing disabilities or difficulties and other types of special needs. This is a place to find support and ideas but primarily a support group.

Learning Abled Kids
Learning Abled Kids is a support group for parents homeschooling (or considering homeschooling) bright children who struggle with learning. If you need specific advice for homeschooling your child, or just need to find a place where people understand your child’s struggles, Learning Abled Kids is a great place to be. Please join us!”

 

Homeschooling Learning Disabilities

 

Other Resources on Learning Disabilities

Sometimes resources focusing on learning disabilities, but not necessarily on homeschooling learning disabilities, can be helpful as well. Here are some of those resources:

Learning Disorders: Know the Signs, How to Help | Mayo Clinic
Read through this explanation of the causes, signs, and treatment options—all from a medical perspective.

LD Resources Foundation Action (LDRFA)
Find information on learning disabilities and assistive technology, as well as blog posts and links to resources.

Our Research | National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
One of the major goals of the NCLD is to publish reports and resources to help educators, policymakers, parents, and students understand learning and attention issues. Browse the collection of reports to find what would be useful to you.

Parent Information | National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET)
Find free information for parents of children with learning disabilities here, including tips on mealtimes, helping young children, building organization and study skills, and tips for choosing a tutor.

Shift Your Thinking
Find out more about learning (dis)abilities through a free “homework battles” video, blog articles, free live calls, and free masterclasses on topics like “Can’t vs Won’t: Understanding the Barriers to Skill Performance” and “Dyscalculia and Your Child.”

Strategies for Specific Learning Disability (SLD) | do2Learn
Discover a comprehensive list of teaching strategies and suggestions for academics and organization, reading, writing, math, and testing and accommodations.

Support and Resources for Parents | Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of America
This site is a wealth of information about specific learning disabilities (i.e., dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyslexia, oral/written language disorder and specific reading comprehension deficit, and non-verbal learning disabilities), as well as related diagnoses like ADHD, dyspraxia, and executive function difficulties.

What are Learning Disabilities? | Understood
Read about the signs and symptoms, possible causes, and diagnosis of learning disabilities. Explore the rest of the site for lots of helpful information.

What is a Learning Disability? | LD Online
Start with this introduction or browse through the collection of resources and information. Search through articles, multimedia, links to resources, and more.

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Looking for more specific information about homeschooling learning disabilities? Explore these other posts from A2ZHomeschooling:

 

Also, check out our entire Special Needs section for more information and resources to help you teach and support your homeschooler with learning disabilities!

Homeschooling Special Needs 

Have you been homeschooling a child with learning disabilities? If so, share your advice or resources with other families in the comments below….  Ask questions of our veterans if you are new to this adventure….

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