When it comes to schooling your special needs child, you have many options. Public schooling is often the most viable choice for many children because of the many resources available in most districts. However, you may choose private schooling or homeschooling if you are unhappy with your public school choices or if your child has issues dealing with certain social issues. If you choose to homeschool, you will need to take plenty of time to prepare and to evaluate at regular intervals to ensure your child is receiving the appropriate education that he or she deserves.
Give Curriculum a Trial Period
The curriculum you choose is very important for setting the tone of your home education experience. Try using only one or two curricula so that they fit together well rather than mixing and matching multiple curricula. Additionally, try to choose a brand that offers a free trial period in case your child’s learning style does not mesh well initially.
Create a Designated School Space
Most special needs children do best with very distinct spaces for certain tasks. Therefore, even though you are educating at home, you will still want to set aside one particular room for this task. The learning space should never be joined with the spaces used for playing or sleeping.
Join a Support Network
Even though you may feel as if you are alone as you teach your child each day, you are never really alone if you join a homeschool support network. Many organizations offer support, either in person or online. Some have forums where you can connect with parents just like you in real time.
Continue Regular Therapy
Even though you are doing the majority of your child’s education at home, you will still need to see that he or she is receiving the necessary therapy. You may still be able to do this through your local school district, or you may want to pursue local clinical therapy.