Many special needs students struggle in school. They may not fit in well with the teacher or other students, or they may struggle with the curriculum. Even when placed in special education classrooms under IEPs, some can struggle to make headway, often pulling grades that do not properly reflect what they could do. For parents with children like this, the idea of online schooling may be intriguing.
First, parents must be sure that they have enough time to invest in online schooling. While it is not impossible for parents who both work outside the home to choose online schooling, it can make the process more difficult. Not only will parents still need to have plenty of time for therapy and other appointments, but also they will need to have time to help children learn their lessons.
Second, parents should be sure that their children can learn while sitting in front of a computer. This style of learning is great for children who love to watch and listen but may not be the best for children who learn better through hands-on experiences. Children should be able to have high levels of concentration to succeed at this.
Third, parents should consider what social opportunities their children will have. Obviously, learning at home will delete the social environment of the school. Parents may need to look into co-ops, playgroups, homeschool groups and other social opportunities in their communities.
Finally, parents should consider what types of needs their children have. Very severe special needs typically require hands-on help from licensed special education teachers. This type of schooling can quickly lead to burnout in parents who are not ready to take on the full amount of in-school therapies and educational help.