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Parents of struggling learners or children who have special needs are often made to feel that they need to have their children taught by a professional in order for them to reach their potential. This opinion is often presented by very loving people. The parents cant help but ask themselves, Am I doing a disservice to my child by teaching him or her at home? Would he be making more progress if he were in a school setting, with the professionals?
Homeschooling a special needs child is an individual decision, of course, but if you decide to homeschool such a child, we are here to help you be the best special education teacher you can be. Our finding is, that with the literature, teaching aids, and other resources now available, that any parent who desires to help their child learn can find that help, and eventually do a much better job with that child than any school could do.
At times there may be a need to enlist the help of some of these professionals in areas such as speech or physical therapy. However, the bulk of the teaching can be done by the parent, and is being done by parents across the nation very successfully!
Special needs coordinators: Where else can you talk to a professional about your childs special needs in learning, just by picking up the phone? This is a very valuable service for HSLDA members. There are three special needs/struggling learner professionals available at HSLDA to answer your questions, and guide you on your way to make your childs learning successful.
Legal advice: State-by-state laws, testing issues, progress expectations, and transferring IEPs from the public school setting are just a few of the areas of legal advice that are available to HSLDA members, along with all the other general membership benefits.
Rental of skills tests to determine grade levels: HSLDA has copies of the Brigance Skills test available for you to rent to find the achievement levels of your child at home. Other informal tests are also available through your special needs/struggling learner coordinators.
Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner by Kathy Kuhl
In this book , Kathy Kuhl, homeschool mom, offers resources and insights for anyone working with students in order to help them address and overcome learning problems.
While the bulk of the childs education occurs at home, outside interventions for a period of time can be very beneficial in helping a child overcome some larger obstacles. These therapies are offered by professionals in your community. Their services are paid for by the family of the child. Even though it can be a hardship financially, most places offer payment plans and reductions for certain situations. If the parents consider this something they want to do for their child, God always provides a way to help with the finances.
There are times when some of these services can be paid for by the familys medical insurance. This is particularly the case if the service is recommended by the childs pediatrician. Then a local hospital or clinic would provide the speech or occupational therapy or such, with the insurance company picking up the majority of the cost.
If the parent chooses to have his child's services provided by a regional center, or public school, then there is a chance that there could be some strings attached. For example, the professionals could decide that the child is not being served well in the homeschool setting, but would be better served in a government-sponsored program. This is not always the case, and varies from state to state. The best way to find out if your state is friendly to homeschoolers, is to check with HSLDA.
There are times when a child would benefit from therapy that is difficult to provide at home. An example of such therapies would be:
Hospital settings: Most childrens hospitals provide speech therapy services through the childs insurance. This is weekly or biweekly one-on-one therapy or small group, and continues for a set number of weeks. This is generally done with a referral from the childs physician.
Public school settings: If the child has been tested by the public school and determined to need speech therapy services, the child is brought to the school one day a week for about an hour for this service, usually in a small group setting. This method carries the most risk to parents, because of the involvement in a government program.
Hospital settings: If your childs physician is made aware of your childs need for occupational therapy for gross or fine motor development or physical therapy, a referral can be made for this therapy to take place at your local hospital, if the services are available there. This is often paid for in part by your insurance company.
Public school setting: If you have had your child tested through the public school, then they will provide the services. These are generally provided only once a week, and you will need to bring your child to the school to receive the services. This is inexpensive, but does come with some risk of involvement with a government agency.
Private clinic: If you suspect that your child would benefit from occupational or physical therapy intervention (very common with autism, and very special needs), you can explore the services provided in your community by calling the clinics listed in the phone book, checking with your support group , or asking your childs physician.
Private clinics: If you suspect that your child has a visual tracking problem, you can have your child screened by a developmental optometrist. If vision therapy is recommended, you can take them to the optometrists office for weekly or biweekly visits, and continue the exercises at home.
Public setting: In public schools and regional centers a specific method of modifying the difficult behaviors of children with autism, PDD, or other disabilities that affect behavior, is employed. ABA, as it is commonly called, is used with the children on a daily basis, in a special education, self-contained setting. This has the advantage of giving the parent some break time from the difficult behaviors, and allowing the child to be exposed to other authorities. The disadvantage is the risk it carries of having a government agency involved in our childs life.
Private clinics: Local clinics often provide the intensive behavior modification program called the Lovaas method on a daily basis. A parent takes the child to the clinic each day. This is paid for by the parents, or possibly with some help from an insurance carrier.
Home setting: Some parents use the home consultation program that Lovaas offers. Therapists come into the home daily to train the parent to work with their own child. This can be very helpful for parents who need this type of intervention for their struggling children. Again, if the childs physician sees the need, and makes a referral, the parent may receive some help in paying from an insurance carrier.
(see Speech Disorders)
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