Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom
Making the decision to homeschool can be challenging enough even in the best of circumstances, but add in other factors like special needs, and it can really become a source of worry for potential homeschooling parents.
I’m familiar with these concerns and insecurities; my daughter has a visual impairment as well as special social and emotional needs. Before she joined our family (at the age of four), I read online about fellow adoptive parents who had successfully homeschooled their blind daughter. It was just the encouragement I needed at just the right time–it made me think that homeschooling was not only possible, but that it could be the preferred situation for a child with special needs.
Recently I received this email from a Simple Homeschool reader, asking for our help:
“I would love to homeschool, but my daughter has autism. I worry that she will not learn the social skills necessary to be a successful adult at home.
Please know that this is a different question than the cliche socialization questions many homeschoolers receive, rather this involves a child who doesn’t know how to socialize and would often rather be in her own world than join her peers.
I’d love to hear from other parents who have homeschooled their children with special needs and found it to be a positive experience for their children and for themselves.”
I know many of you out there reading today have personal experience on this issue. Although the exact needs may vary, homeschooling parents of special needs kids share a connection.
We’re kindred spirits, in a way–navigating a path that isn’t often traveled. We have a lot to offer each other, which leads to our question for the day:
Do you have experience choosing to homeschool a child with special needs? If so, what has your journey (& your child’s) been like? What have been the challenges and the joys involved? What would you tell someone considering this path?