Homeschooling with Disabilities

Resources for Homeschooling Children with Learning and Physical Disabilities

In addition to these resources, several of the Catholic home-study schools have dedicated personnel to assist parents of special-needs children.


Books

Most of the following books can be located at the local public library. If your library doesn’t carry these titles, request that they purchase a selection. Most libraries have purchase request forms, at the front desk and online. If you want to buy them yourself, click on the book title.

Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns, by Brenda Smith Myles and Jack Southwick (Autism Asperger Pub. Co.).

Choosing and Using Curriculum for Your Special Needs Child, by Joyce Herzog (Greenleaf Press). Takes a very commonsense approach.

Creative Home Schooling for Gifted Children, by Lisa Rivero (Great Potential Press).

Dreamers, Discoverers & Dynamos: How to Help the Child Who Is Bright, Bored, and Having Problems in School, by Lucy Jo Palladino (Ballantine; formerly titled The Edison Trait). A must-read for parents of ADD and ADHD children.

Home Educating Our Autistic Spectrum Children: Paths Are Made by Walking, by Kitt Cowlishaw and Terri Dowty, eds. (Jessica Kingsley Pub.). A compendium of essays by parents who are homeschooling their children diagnosed with autism and Asperger Syndrome.

Homeschooling Children with Special Needs, by Sharon Hensley (Noble Pub.).

Homeschooling the Child with ADD (or Other Special Needs): Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the Child with Learning Differences, by Lenore Hayes (Prima Pub.). A general guide to homeschooling children with learning disabilities. Concentrates heavily on the problems with public education in regard to special-needs children.

Homeschooling Your Gifted Child: Language Arts for the Middle School Years, by Lee Wherry Brainerd (Learning Express).

Learning in Spite of Labels, by Joyce Herzog (Greenleaf Press).

Peterson’s Colleges with Programs for Students with Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit Disorders, by Charles Mangrum II, Ed.D. and Stephen Strichart, Ph.D. (Peterson’s). Peterson’s is famous for their college guides. This book lists two-year and four-year colleges that make accommodations for learning-disabled students.

Precious Treasure: The Story of Patrick, by Elizabeth Matthews (Emmaus Road Pub.). The personal story of a mother’s spiritual journey through her autistic son.


Websites

Aut — 2B — Home

Email listserv that provides support for parents homeschooling autistic children. Website also provides visitors with medical information, book recommendations, and other online support.

Homeschooling Children Who Aut to Be Home

This is the homepage of Tammy Glaser. Includes links to other homepages of parents who homeschool their autistic children, articles of interest, and more.

LD OnLine

Includes legal advice, teaching tips, Q&A section, and a free monthly newsletter for parents with learning-disabled children.

Special Kids Moms
Email discussion group to provide support to Catholic parents with special-needs children.


Services

AUDIBLOX – A program for learning-disabled children using a system of cognitive exercises, aimed at the development of foundational learning skills.

AUTISM ASPERGER PUBLISHING CO – Publishes books and a newsletter on autism.

ED CON PUBLISHING GROUP – Publishers of the high-readability texts: High Interest Classics.

EDUCATORS PUBLISHING SERVICES (EPS) – Publishers of Explode the Code, my favorite series of phonics workbooks.

JEMICY SCHOOL COMMUNITY OUTREACH – Offers assessments, workshops, training courses, and summer camps for dyslexic children.

THE LAB SCHOOL – Tutoring, evaluations, and consultation services.

LINDAMOOD-BELL LEARNING PROCESSES – Provides training sessions. Website offers information and definitions helpful in learning about dyslexia.

RECORDING FOR THE BLIND AND DYSLEXIC – Producer of audio textbooks. Individual members have unlimited access to the audio library and reference librarian services.

SIGNING TIME – American Sign Language (ASL) videos for babies, toddlers, and older children.

WILSON LANGUAGE COMPANY – Publishes reading and spelling curricula, as well as providing online training. They also provide a list of trained tutors.


National Support

CHASK: CHRISTIAN HOMES AND SPECIAL KIDS

Helps Christian parents adopt special-needs children. Website includes articles on raising children with fetal-alcohol syndrome, AIDS, blindness, ADD, spina bifida, Down’s syndrome, and more.

THE INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION (formerly The Orton Dyslexia Association) – Provides information on dyslexia, is a source of printed material, and will provide leads to resources and tutors in your local area.

MUMS: NATIONAL PARENT-TO-PARENT NETWORK (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc.) – A support and matching organization for families of children with rare disorders or special needs.

NATHHAN: NATIONAL CHALLENGED HOMESCHOOLERS ASSOCIATION NETWORK – This Christian organization supplies information on local support and resources. Articles at the website address homeschooling children with ADD, autism, visual impairment, deafness, spina bifida, and so on. Articles also address the legal issues in homeschooling special-needs children. Members receive a regular newsletter, HSLDA discount, access to a lending library, family directory, and more.