Handling Homeschooling—Special Needs Curriculum Tips To Help You Get Started
More and more parents decide to pull their children with special needs out of public or private school to homeschool due to one of the following reasons:
- School system not meeting the needs of their children
Homeschooling can be beneficial for special needs children because it allows parents to establish a supportive and inspirational learning environment at home.
To reach their full potential, kids with special needs often require one-on-one lessons and a customized homeschooling special needs curriculum.
Finding the right curriculum is one of the biggest challenges for homeschooling parents, and that’s why DoNotPay has prepared this comprehensive guide.
Choosing a curriculum can be a stressful experience for any family—you want to ensure that your child has access to the best educational materials available. As a parent of a special needs child, making this choice may be even more difficult. Fortunately, there are different types of curriculums available for students with various special needs, such as
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Intellectual disabilities
- Learning disabilities
- Physical disabilities (for example, deafness, blindness, cerebral palsy, etc.)
When assessing special needs curriculums for homeschooling, you should make sure they:
- Fit the needs of your child
- Are adaptable and can be used flexibly
- Combine learning with fun
- Develop the child’s existing skills
- Include multisensory materials
Keep in mind that students are not obligated to use curriculums designed for their age or grade level.
Besides buying a special needs curriculum, you can also:
- Make some adjustments to a traditional curriculum—like using speech-to-text software and audiobooks. Note that the more serious your student’s condition is, the more adjustments you’ll need to make and the more money you’ll need to spend
- Create your own curriculum from scratch
Take a look at the table below to check out some of the most popular curriculums for special needs students available in the U.S.:
|All About Reading||A complete program that teaches the following subjects:
It offers multisensory instruction and scripted lessons
|BookShark||A flexible literature-based, faith-neutral curriculum used by children with special needs|
|Master Books||This flexible, practical, and faith-building curriculum places emphasis on hands-on activities|
|Math-U-See||This is a multisensory math curriculum designed to help students learn math concepts at their own pace|
|Hadley School for the Blind||Being completely free of charge for eligible students, this accredited program offers over 90 distance education courses for blind students|
|Simply Classical Curriculum for Special Needs||A typical classical program that can be taught at a slower pace|
Even though homeschooling is legal in all U.S. states, some of them have much more lenient laws than others.
While some states require you to teach specific subjects for a certain number of hours per year, others have a few, if any, requirements. In most cases, teaching your child with special educational needs at home is not subject to any additional restrictions—you'll need to follow the same guidelines as other parents who homeschool their children.
If you feel like you can’t homeschool on your own, you are allowed to hire someone else to help you in most states.
This document informs the school district superintendent that they are no longer responsible for providing education to your child and protects you from a truancy prosecution.
Take a look at the table below to find out whether submitting this document is mandatory in your state:
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