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Co-op Participation
Volume 117, Program 47
11/4/2013
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A learning disability can be a significant challenge! But a student can be encouraged by group activities that highlight his strengths. Today on Home School Heartbeat,join host Mike Smith as HSLDA Special Needs Coordinator Faith Berens explains how to choose homeschool co-op activities that will help your child shine.

Mike Smith:
Faith Berens, one of HSLDA’s special needs consultants, joins us again today. Faith, you explained earlier how beneficial it can be for a child with special needs to be part of a co-op. What are some of the ways that a child with special needs can participate in a co-op’s activities?

Faith Berens:
Well, children with various exceptionalities can participate in many ways. I have some ideas that that I think will be helpful to parents. I would encourage families to let their child first observe a class. Teachers and class facilitators can also allow for assignments and projects to be modified. And, certainly, they need to understand that many students will have to use adaptive equipment: maybe a communication board or books on audio for students with communication and reading disabilities.

And simply have children start small. Maybe one class at a time. And the key is just to find something that you’re sure the student will meet with success with. And so I would encourage families to plug their child into an activity that’s an area of strength for them, because this will really allow their student to shine.

Mike:
Well, thanks, Faith, for this very helpful advice. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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