How to Use This Course
Homeschooling is hard. Homeschooling a special needs child comes with its own set of challenges. This article series, written by the mom of a special needs child, is designed to encourage parents that they, too, can homeschool their special needs child and that they, in turn, can encourage and fuel their physical, mental, social, and spiritual development.
My place is to dispel the rough edges of special education. You see, I am the mother of a child with autism and intellectual disability. Bobby is now an adult, but back when he was young, the autism diagnosis was not available. The word used was “mental retardation,” and all children with this label were escorted to special education. At the end of the day, the words given to my husband and me by the school were unteachable and seclusion. Those two terms I did understand, and I could equate them to mean the school was going to house my son but not educate him. I pulled Bobby out of the education system and began homeschooling him. The year was 1994, and the homeschool world was just beginning, and laws for special education were just breaking onto the horizon. Here I am, twenty-three years later, asking the rhetorical question, “What’s so special about special education?” We’ll start with explaining the vocabulary associated with special education and then explore why you are capable of homeschooling your special needs child.
- The Decisive Classroom
- Where is the Brain in All This?
- Individual Education Plan