Virtual Homeschool Groups Where You Can Share Your Experiences and Resources and Network with Friends
Disclaimer: Throughout this series, we will be using the term “Special Needs” because that is the term that most people who are searching the Internet will use to find information. We fully understand that using any term used 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.
If you are homeschooling a child with special needs, you may feel alone, but you are most certainly NOT alone! There are many homeschool families who have been there, done that, and most are willing to share their experiences and advice. Perhaps you are just looking for instructional activities or opportunities to socialize. Whatever you are seeking, there are social media groups and online organizations where you can meet friendly, experienced homeschool parents to help you with homeschooling special needs, provide emotional support, or simply engage with you and your child.
The following are support groups for homeschooling that specifically recruit families of children with special needs. Read through the group descriptions and explore the websites to find a group that fits your family. If you are looking for more local options (i.e., rather than virtual homeschool groups), check out our homeschool support groups regional page.
The listed groups below are either general (covering all special needs) or targeted to a particular special need; some are faith-based, centered on a particular educational philosophy, or specific to particular grade levels or issues. Also, groups are either public, meaning that member lists and posts can be seen by anyone, or private, where all information and content can only be seen by members. You decide!
|Special Needs Homeschool Groups – Private|
Special Needs Homeschool Groups – Public
Sometimes you just want to learn about the experiences of others, find resources, and perhaps share a comment, but you don’t want to “be” a part of a group. Public special needs homeschool support groups like these may be what you want:
Special Needs and Homeschooling
“Hi everyone! I am a homeschooling mother to a wonderful boy named Lucas. Lucas has several diagnoses to include autism and ADHD (along with Lupus). This group was created so you can learn different ways to help your own child when it comes to homeschooling or just fun activities for the weekend. I am a Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) so most of the techniques I use are evidenced based. I do not provide medical, mental or legal help. This page was created to connect families who sometimes feel they are alone in the journey. This is a great place to ask for advice, get ideas and feel empowered! Your child does not have to have a diagnosis to join! This will be a place we’re we can come together to help our children in a fun and positive environment!” This is a public Facebook group with over 200 members and has been active since 2020.
SPED Homeschool Resource Sharing Group
“The SPED Homeschool Resource Sharing Group is moderated by SPED Homeschool, a 501.c.3 nonprofit serving the special education homeschool community. We are “Helping Students Succeed Through Parent-Directed Special Education Homeschooling” by giving parents the resources, information, support, and encouragement needed every day of their homeschooling journey. The purpose of this group is for members to share with one another resources relevant to special education homeschooling.” This is a public Facebook group with over 1,700 members.
Special Needs Homeschool Groups – Private
You may not feel comfortable sharing your name and posting information that is available to everyone on the Internet. If this is the case, you may be interested in joining a private special needs homeschool group like one of these. Remember that you may not get all of the information about a group from just the title and description. For example, a group may have a religious basis that is not overtly stated in the introduction. You may need to further research a group (i.e., contact the group administrator(s), explore the group’s website, talk to members) before joining to make sure that it is the best fit for your family. Here are some private special needs homeschool groups for you to start exploring:
Acres of Grace – Special Needs Homeschooling
“A place for support, help, and resources for homeschooling special needs kids.” This is a private Facebook group with over 300 members and has been active since 2016.
Charlotte Mason Special Needs
“This group is for parents of children with special needs (temporary, visible and invisible) who use the Charlotte Mason Method. We try to remain pure to the method while making adaptations, when necessary that follow the 20 principles but assist the child and parent in meeting the needs of the child. Administrators, and moderators all have children with special needs…. We welcome homeschool students, coop, cottage school, and private school parents who use the Charlotte Mason Method.” This is a private Facebook group with over 1,000 members and has been active since 2019.
Classical Conversations: Special Needs
“Help other CC parents with ideas to modify CC for kids with special needs.” This is a private Facebook group with over 3,300 members and has been active since 2013.
Christian Homeschooling with Special Needs Children
This is a private Facebook parenting group that has over 600 members and has been active since 2017. Join the group to view or participate in discussions.
Christian Special Needs Homeschoolers
This is a private Facebook parenting group with over 300 members that has been active since 2011.
Different By Design Learning – Special Needs Motherhood and Homeschooling
This is a private Facebook group with over 1,200 members that has been active since 2019.
Homeschooling Special Needs and Unique Learners
“This group is to support parents educating their struggling/ unique/ different learners, whether identifying as “special needs” or just recognizing that extra support is needed. We are here to support, encourage, lift each other up, answer questions, and provide resources. If you are homeschooling, you are in the right place. Welcome! If you are not homeschooling, but consider it, you are in the right place. Welcome! If you are not homeschooling and not considering it, but you want to provide supplementary education for your child at home, you are in the right place. Welcome! If you are here to offer support and guidance to parents with struggling learners, you are in the right place. Welcome!” This is a private Facebook group with over 100 members and has been active since 2020.
Homeschooling Special Needs Children
“This group was made for the parents or caregivers of children with special needs who homeschool or wish to do so. Only rule is to respect each other.” The private Facebook group has over 500 members and has been active since 2015.
Homeschooling Special (Needs) Kids
“This group is for parents that homeschool children with special needs. This is a place to share information, network, and socialize.” This is a private Facebook group with over 1,600 members that has been active since 2015.
Secular Homeschool Families – Special Needs
“’Special needs’ are commonly defined by what a child can’t do, in this group it is our hope to understand and support homeschooling parents on their journey to discovering what their children can do. We realize that the term ‘Special needs’ is a very large umbrella. But we are all here trying to find the best ways to help our children grow and learn. Sometimes those answers need to be creative and unique. Other times you may just need another perspective.” This private Facebook group has over 400 members, and it “welcomes homeschoolers from all walks of life, all faiths and no faith.”
Special Needs and Homeschooling
“CogniTutor, LLC desires to help lead special needs families who homeschool to resources within their state that help them as they help lead their children to success. This group is to offer encouragement, support, & resources to all special needs families throughout the United States.” This is a private Facebook group with more than 70 members and has been active since 2020.
Special Needs Homeschool
“This is your homeschool resource for special needs. If your child has special needs and you decided to homeschool or already do so, you will find support here. We have people on here from all faiths, all backgrounds, philosophies, and styles of teaching kids with all types of special needs.” This Facebook group is a private group with over 4,600 members (parents, caregivers, and professionals) and has been active since 2012.
Special Needs Homeschooling
“This group is for those homeschooling their special needs child or seriously thinking about it…. We have gifted, twice exceptional, autism, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, genetic conditions, medical conditions you name it. We have all found one great thing homeschooling provides a wonderful, enriching environment for our child to learn.” This private Facebook group has over 24,500 members and has been active since 2010.
Special Needs Homeschooling: Dealing with Mental Health Issues
“Hello friends! This is an extension of Special Needs Homeschooling. This is a support group, encouragement, and place to share our personal experiences. This is not a place to get professional advice or give professional advice. Nor is it a group to sell your items. Please let’s keep this group uplifting and supportive!” This is a private Facebook group with over 300 members and has been active since 2013.
Special Needs Homeschooling High School and Beyond
This is a private Facebook group with over 300 members and has been active since 2017.
Special Needs Homeschooling the Charlotte Mason Way
“This is a place for ALL special needs families regardless of beliefs and/or diagnosis or the lack there of! We are committed to holding space for those with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, fostered, adopted, gifted, child of trauma, parent with chronic health issues, etc! We hope this is a place where you can find community and share ideas about how to make homeschooling not only doable but pleasant using Charlotte Mason’s 20 principles.” This is a private Facebook group with over 700 members and has been active since 2020.
Special Needs Homeschooling: Special Parents
“Welcome everyone! This group is for homeschooling parents that are dealing with their own special needs. Some of us are doubly blessed to have children with special needs as well. This group is going to be a safe place to share our struggles and triumphs. Prayers and vents. Together we will support, encourage, and share ideas so that we all may have a better homeschooling life!” This private Facebook group has over 500 members and has been active since 2015.
Survive & Thrive (S.A.T.) Special Needs Homeschooling
“Get homeschool support for special needs and struggling learners: this group is hosted by True North Homeschool Academy. We are committed to linking arms with fellow homeschooling parents with special needs or struggling learners so that they can not only survive, but thrive!” This private Facebook group has over 100 members and has been active since 2018.
Time4Learning Special Needs Families
“Welcome to this private group for families using the Time4Learning curriculum with their children who have special needs! We hope you will find this a welcoming place to give and receive support.” This is a private Facebook page with over 3,800 members and has been active since 2017.
Unschooling Special Needs
“This is an UNSCHOOLING support group for parents and caregivers of Special Needs kids. We have found that NON-COERCIVE and RELATIONSHIP-BASED approaches work MUCH better for our kids than most mainstream methods of education and therapy…. You may join to LEARN about Unschooling, get SUPPORT in switching to Unschooling, or SHARE your experience Unschooling your Special Needs child. We are a global group willing to go against the status quo of BOTH Education and Special Needs dogma. Being the parent of a child with extra challenges can be an isolating experience. Being an Unschooler can also be lonely since we are still a statistically small portion of Home Educators. Let’s support each other!” This is a private Facebook group with over 7,500 members and has been active since 2013.
Targeted Special Needs Homeschool Groups
You may feel that you want to connect to homeschoolers who are experiencing similar special needs. These more targeted special needs homeschool groups may help:
“When IEP, IFSP and 504’s are more than you can handle on top of CHD, MRI’s and 22q …than homeschool might be for you! This group is for families that homeschool children affected by 22q. We are here for advice, support and sharing what works (and what doesn’t work) in regards to homeschooling children with the 22q deletion. Newbies and veteran homeschoolers welcomed!” This private Facebook group has over 700 members and has been active since 2010.
Autism & Homeschooling
“Autism & Homeschooling is a discussion and support group available to everyone who is interested in home educating kids on the autism spectrum. We are here to help and to share, to motivate and to encourage. This group is inclusive and not affiliated with any religion, philosophy or political ideology…. There is an open companion group called Learning Support Resources where free educational resources for everyone to use as needed are posted on a daily basis. Members are encouraged to check out that group as well.” This private Facebook group has over 10,900 members and has been active since 2011.
Homeschooling Intellectual Disability
“I started this group because I had a hard time finding parents struggling with the challenges of intellectual disability specifically. I went to several support groups and found so many parents of children with Autism; they would say again and again, my kid is so bright but x,y,z is holding them back academically. I felt very isolated because no one seemed to relate to my child who just had a very low IQ. Learning with a low IQ is a unique challenge to overcome. It is persistent and can often be frustrating. I ask that everyone in the group to please be mindful that homeschooling parents may be having a hard time with many aspects of this challenge — support is key. We want to hear positives and all about growth, good days and bad days. Ask questions. Vent away. But please stay on the topic of educating children with intellectual disability. We want to build up this specific community. Thank you for reading and understanding what this group is meant for!” This is a private Facebook group with over 500 members and has been active since 2017.
Homeschooling on the Spectrum: Autism, Asperger’s, PDD
“This is a support group for home educators who have children on the spectrum…. Please note this is an international group.” This is a private Facebook group with over 5,000 members and has been active since 2012.
Homeschooling our Asperger’s, ADHD, ODD, etc.
“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…. The common bond we all share is that we’re caregivers and parents to kiddos with special needs and a commitment to ensuring the best opportunities for success and education possible by homeschooling. We feel like this group should be limited to like-minded people in the same situation.”
Homeschooling Parents of Children with Asperger’s Syndrome
“We are a respectful support group for Parents of Asperger Children who choose to homeschool. We welcome questions, ideas that work for you, funny anecdotes about your kids, your successes. We listen and respectfully try to provide empathy and support.” This is a private Facebook group with over 2,200 members and has been active since 2013.
Homeschooling the FASD way – A Global Community
“This is a place for parents to get together and learn, vent, socialize, share and help one another! Join us!” This is a private Facebook group of over 1,100 families with children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and has been active since 2014.
RPM Homeschooling Parents’ Group
“Working regularly with your child doing Soma-RPM lessons? This closed page is a space for us to celebrate our children’s achievements, share our concerns, and try to help each other figure out solutions — hourly, daily, weekly, monthly… however much you’d like to post! We also talk about best RPM practices and share ideas for lessons and curriculum. No professionals here, just parents who know what it is like to be in charge of their child’s education — and want to boost each other up!” This is a private Facebook group for parents of children who are nonverbal and are practicing the Rapid Prompting Method of communication. There are over 800 members, and the group has been active since 2014.
Special Needs Homeschooling: Gifted & Twice Exceptional
“This group is to support, encourage, and inform parents dealing with gifted and twice exceptional children.” It is a private Facebook group that has over 1,200 members and has been active since 2011.
Know of other special needs homeschool groups you would recommend? Share them with us in the comments below….