Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner
Currently in America, hundreds of families are homeschooling children whose special needs range from attention deficit disorder to severe multiple handicaps. Parents often find that when they bring these children home to be educated, they come out of the "deep freeze" that has kept them from making significant progress in traditional settings.
Parents can offer their children individualized education, flexibility, encouragement, and support.
• For learning disabled children who function best with "real-life problems" rather than artificial worksheet tasks, homeschooling may be ideal.
• For medically sensitive children, learning at home provides the opportunity for careful monitoring.
• For attention deficit children who function best with uniquely structured time and fewer distractions, homeschooling usually proves to be the answer.
However, the decision to homeschool a child with special learning needs is a weighty one. Parents may meet pressure from the school district, or even the state, to enroll their child in the "system." Many encounter criticism from well-meaning family and friends, and most must deal with their own fears of inadequacy. Nevertheless, in record numbers, parents of special needs children are choosing to home educate, and most are finding that the rewards far outweigh the costs.
HSLDA’s attorneys have helped special needs families across the nation protect their right to homeschool when officials go out of bounds. Members should contact us promptly if they encounter any difficulties. HSLDA’s Special Needs Consultants, Betty Statnick, Krisa Winn, and Faith Berens, will be available for consultation. And HSLDA supplies our members with a list of resources and names of professionals qualified to assist in testing and/or setting up a plan for teaching.
"HSLDA exists to defend the right of all families to homeschool. We hope you will consider home education—it might be just what your child needs."
"Homeschooling eliminates the comparisons, labels, social pressures, and distractions that a regular classroom may bring. Of course, you will have to decide whether homeschooling is best for you, your child, and the rest of your family. We are here to assist and encourage our members who choose this challenging, but rewarding path!"
“God has designed each person with unique gifts, talents, and strengths! The brain is an amazing creation and the more we understand the brain the better we will be able to design instruction that fits with how it learns best. From birth to age 8 are critical years for our children’s literacy development. Also, during their primary years, children’s brains are more malleable and plastic, and are therefore more open to new learning than at any other time. I believe it is extremely important for us, as parents and educators, to discover the unique design of our children’s brains, how he or she learns best, and to recognize and intervene early when there is a problem, in order to provide the best instructional practices for our children. When we grow and learn in our understanding of these things, we will be able to help our children reach their God-given potential and discover who God has designed them to be!”
Krisa Winn holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Arkansas State University, and an associate’s degree in Practical Theology from Christ for the Nations Institute. For more than 20 years, she has been a classroom teacher in both the private Christian school and public school settings. She has also worked as a private tutor and early childhood intervention specialist. Throughout her career, she has had many opportunities to work with children with various special needs. She is fascinated by the marvelous design of the human brain, and loves helping children and parents discover the key to unlocking the door to learning. Krisa joined the HSLDA family in 2012. Besides teaching young children, Krisa enjoys singing, playing piano, leading worship, blogging and taking walks. After almost 23 years of marriage, Krisa and her husband were blessed with the birth of their first child, Grace. Three years later, their second miracle baby, Karis Joy, was born. Krisa, Byron, Gracie and Karis make their home in Winchester, VA.
DISCLAIMER: The content of this website has been prepared for and is intended to provide information that may be useful to members of the Home School Legal Defense Association. The Association does not necessarily warrant this information. The reader must evaluate this information in light of the unique circumstances of any particular situation and must then determine independently the applicability of this information.
Being listed as a resource does not constitute an endorsement by HSLDA. Our list of resources is not intended to be an exhaustive inventory of all available materials, but rather a sample listing of resources commonly used by our members.
HSLDA retains the exclusive right to determine which resources we will list. We will periodically update our list based on member feedback.
In general, resources listed must be of value to a substantial number of homeschoolers and cannot be overtly anti-Christian or anti-HSLDA.
Health information provided on these pages is meant for educational purposes only, to assist homeschooling parents in their research on how best to instruct their special needs children and struggling learners. The information is not intended for use in diagnosis or treatment of health problems, or to prescribe particular therapies, medication or nutritional supplements. For specific medical advice parents should consult licensed physicians and other certified health professionals.