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Aspergers

“Homeschooling a Child with Asperger’s Syndrome”
Biological interventions for children struggling with autism.

“Homeschooling a Child with Asperger’s Syndrome, Part 2”
Educational and social interventions that can help your child.

“Homeschooling a Child with Asperger’s Syndrome, Part 3”
Frequently recommended and necessary therapies that can help your Asperger’s child.

Assessments

“Creating a Homeschooling Portfolio: A Great Alternative Assessment Option”
While requirements for documentation of progress vary from state to state, some states accept portfolios as an alternative means of assessment. Learn how to compile one.

“Testing: Scores and S’mores”
A tutorial on standardized testing and how to understand the results.

“Documenting Your Child’s Progress Over Time”
Keeping records helps you to track your child’s educational success.

“To Test or Not to Test Part 2”
Discover your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses.

“What + When=Scope + Sequence …”
How to know what to teach when.

Auditory Processing Problems

“Kids with Auditory Processing Problems”
Home teaching methods for students with auditory processing difficulties.

“Kids with Auditory Processing Problems, Part 2”
Home therapies for students with auditory processing difficulties.

Autism

“April is Autism Awareness Month”
Resources to raise awareness and offer practical help.

Attention Disorders

“Teaching Strategies for Teens with Focus/Attention Difficulties”
Diagnose and deal with trouble staying focused.

Brain Research

“Continuing Education—Shifting Thoughts into the Right Gear ”
Insight from a new book on how our lives are affected by what we think.

“Adapt and Overcome”
Ways to Modify Curriculum and Provide Accommodations for Struggling Learners

Child Development

“Is My Child Just a Late Bloomer?”
How to tell when an apparent maturity issue is really a learning disability.

“Gifted with a Glitch”
Gifted children can also struggle with learning difficulties.

“Keeping Perspective on Progress”
How to be sure you are on the right track.

Choosing Curriculum

“How to Choose Curriculum”
Guidelines for finding materials that best fit your child’s learning style.

“Teaching vs Assigning”
How to model learning for your children.

“Choosing Curriculum” (members only resource)

Math Curricula and Resources (members only resource)

“Specialized Reading Programs for Children with Dyslexia” (members only resource)

Tackling High School Issues for Students with Special Needs (members only resource)

“Publishers of Curricula and Materials Specific to Special Needs” (members only resource)

Dysgraphia

“Children Who Have to Work Too Hard to Learn”
What to do when a child has dysgraphia or another writing glitch.

Encouragement

“An SEP for Mom: There’s A Scripture For That”
A Scripture-based student education plan for moms.

“A Powerful ‘Classroom’ Exercise”
How scripture can help heal your child’s learning difficulties.

“Some Rx For Discouragement”
Practcal hints and spiritual promises to help you through the tough times.

“Un-Special Needs”
Some needs are common to all human beings.

Field Trips

“Fantastic Field Trips”
Hints for planning fun and motivating learning experiences for all types of learners of all ages.

Gifted with LD

“Gifted with a Glitch”
Gifted children can also struggle with learning difficulties.

Homeschool Co-ops

“Including Children with Special Needs in Co-ops”
Expanding horizons.

High School

“Tackling Tricky High School Issues”—Part I
You can homeschool your special needs high school student.

“Tackling Tricky High School Issues”—Part II
More tips for homeschooling your special needs high school student.

Math

“Attacking the Math Monster”
If tears accompany math, find ways to make learning easier.

Motivation

“Seven ‘Sweet’ Ideas to Transform ‘I Hate School’ into ‘I Love Learning’”
Tune in to your child’s learning style.

“Learned Helplessness—Not on My Transcript!”
Teach your child to never give up.

Nutrition

“Hidden Allergies and Learning”
How dietary and other natural remedies can improve your child’s learning and behavior.

“Natural Remedies for Attention and Behavior Issues”
Tips for healing struggling learners the natural way.

“Homeschooling a Child with Asperger’s Syndrome”
Biological interventions for children struggling with autism.

Portfolios

“Creating a Homeschooling Portfolio: A Great Alternative Assessment Option”
While requirements for documentation of progress vary from state to state, some states accept portfolios as an alternative means of assessment. Learn how to compile one.

Reading

“Understanding Reading Difficulties”
Diagnosing and addressing reading problems.

“Reading Comprehension: ‘I Read It, but I Don’t Get It’ ”
Ideas that will help unlock meaning for children who struggle with reading comprehension.

“Directed Reading and Thinking Activity (DRTA)2”
This procedure focuses on reading as a thinking process.

“Reading Comprehension: Converting Words to Pictures”
Steps to help your child visualize words and concepts.

“Reading Comprehension Strategies”
An overview of teaching techniques and resources.

Sample At-Home Reading Remediation Lesson (members only resource)

“Understanding Reading Difficulties”

“Use a K-W-L Chart with Informational Texts”
Helps students learn to activate their background knowledge.

“A Simple Way to Make Reading Easier”
How to reduce eye strain.

Record Keeping

“Documenting Your Child’s Progress Over Time”
Keeping records helps you to track your child’s educational success.

Reference/Study Skills

“Using the Dictionary: Going from Drudgery to Delight”
How to master a fundamental tool for education.

“A Primer on Using the Dictionary”
More helpful advice on this practical tool.

“The Thesaurus: A Dictionary Cousin”
Why you need a thesaurus and how to get the most out of this valuable tool.

Respite Care

“Rest, Respite, and Relief”
How to pace yourself so you can homeschool for the long haul.

“Taking Care of Siblings”
Meeting the needs of all your children.

Sensory Integration

“Your Struggling Learner: Calming Your January Jitters”
Tips for making up lost time.

“Singing and Movement Increase Learning”
Boost your student’s engagement, retention, and long-term memory.

Science

High School Science Options (members only resource)

Signs of Learning Disability

“Is My Child Just a Late Bloomer?”
How to tell when an apparent maturity issue is really a learning disability.

“Gifted with a Glitch”
Gifted children can also struggle with learning difficulties.

Spelling

“HLEP! My Kid Can’t Spel!”
Traditional and more creative ways to teach your children to spell.

“Right Brain Teaching Strategies”
When teaching “slower, louder, with multiple repetitions” isn’t working, try these teaching methods. Spelling is highlighted.

“Sky Writing” (members only resource)

“Spelling and Phonics: Making Words” (members only resource)

“Spelling Cheerleading!” (members only resource) (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Student Education Plans

“S’More About SEPs”
Insights into developing a Student Education Plan.

“What’s So Important about IEPs”
Individual Education Plans help parents of struggling learners chart a path to success.

Summer Learning Activities

“Summer Learning Fun”
Summer can be a perfect opportunity to address specific academic weaknesses.

“Summer Reading Challenge”
Keep your kids motivated to read.

Special Needs Professionals

“Can You Recommend Special Needs Professionals?”
HSLDA asks members to recommend homeschool friendly educational consultants, therapists, tutors, testers, counselors, educational diagnosticians, and other professionals.

Questions Anyone?
HSLDA is here to help.

Teaching Tips

“Teaching vs Assigning”
How to model learning for your children.

“Right Brain Teaching Strategies”
When teaching “slower, louder, with multiple repetitions” isn’t working, try these teaching methods. Spelling is highlighted.

“Your Struggling Learner: Calming Your January Jitters”
Tips for making up lost time.

“Homeschooling Struggling Learners—Online Seminars”
Two great online seminars provide homeschooling tips, information on legal protection for special needs students, tactics and tools for everyday teaching, and much more.

“Homeschooling: Away With Fears and Tears”
Resources for struggling homeschool moms and dads.

“Idioms Abound—We are Bound to Hear Them”
Unlock colorful language.

“Secrets from a Preschool Teacher”
Great ways to start educating little ones.

Testing

“Testing: Scores and S’mores”
A tutorial on standardized testing and how to understand the results.

“To Test or Not to Test Part 2”
Discover your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses.

“Oh, Here Comes Homeschool Testing Time”
Tools for evaluating progress.

“Plan for Next Year by Testing Now”

Writing/Composition

October“Don’t ‘Write Off Writing’ Instruction”
Creative Ideas for Teaching Composition to Your Struggling Learner—Part I

“Don’t ‘Write Off Writing’ Instruction”
“Creative Ideas for Teaching Composition to Your Struggling Learner—Part II”


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