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Why Join a Co-Op?
Volume 117, Program 46
11/4/2013
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If your child is a struggling learner, or has special needs, it may be challenging to find opportunities for her to develop socially. This week on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Smith and HSLDA Special Needs Coordinator Faith Berens share how joining a homeschool co-op can provide your child with wonderful learning opportunities.

Mike Smith:
Our guest this week is Faith Berens, one of our special needs consultants at HSLDA. Faith, welcome to the program!

Faith Berens:
Thanks, Mike, it’s great to be a part of the show this week.

Mike:
Faith, you’ve given advice to literally thousands of families who are homeschooling children with special needs. Now many families may feel like they’re facing this challenge alone. What advice would you give to them?

Faith:
Well, I would encourage families to consider participating in not only a local homeschool support group, but also consider joining a co-op. Our children with special needs can benefit greatly from participating in such a group. It gives them the opportunity to practice communication skills, their life skills that parents are training them in at home. And oftentimes, our children with special needs find such skills challenging, so they need a lot more time and a lot of practice to apply these skills. And also, we need to remember that all children are created in God’s image, and they have areas of gifting. So they can bring much to other participants in the group and be a real source of inspiration and blessing.

Mike:
Well, thanks, Faith. We look forward to hearing more about how children with special needs can flourish in a homeschool co-op. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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