Preparing for homeschooling in general can be daunting, but when it's your child with special needs there can be even more challenges.
How Do I know What Homeschooling Methods Will Work?
In all honesty, I think most homeschooling parents wonder this. A lot of it is trial and error. Typically with children with special needs they crave and need a routine. Change is often hard for them. Sitting down together as a family and figuring out your routine for the school year can be very helpful.
Consider making a daily visual or written schedule. This will help your child to know what is coming up in their day.
What style of learning does your child thrive in? Are they kinesthetic learners (learning through hands-on movement)? Are they visual or auditory learners? Are there certain types of sensory input that will set them off throughout the day? These are all things to consider when picking what types of homeschooling methods you will use.
Do they need more one-on-on assistance and individual attention? Or do they thrive in you sitting back and just giving a general outline and they take charge of their learning? These are all things to consider when deciding what types of homeschooling methods will work for your child with special needs.
How Do I Know What Curriculum to Choose?
Understanding your child's special needs will of course greatly help deciding what curriculum to choose for your homeschool. And since you are the parent, I'm sure you understand their needs more than anyone else would. And if you are considering homeschooling a child with special needs then you will definitely want to find something that will work for both you and your child's needs.
Here are some other posts with ideas on finding good curriculum options:
- How to Choose Homeschool Curriculum for a Child with Special Needs – Homeschool Creations
I've also got a homeschooling with special needs Pinterest board for more ideas.