Trying to learn in a large classroom with many students can be challenging for young people. If a child has special needs, the challenge is even greater. If you have a child with autism, a learning disability, ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, or any other special needs, you may have wondered if homeschooling may be a better choice. With the right planning and home learning environment, homeschooling may prove to be a much more effective way for your special needs child to learn.
Advantages of Homeschooling
Homeschooling has many benefits for special needs children. First of all, the curriculum can be tailored to meet the child’s individual needs and can be based on their abilities and level of development. They do not need to keep pace with other students in a classroom, but instead can take their time with material they find difficult and can move faster with the subjects they are more comfortable with. The child can also learn in an environment that is comfortable and familiar to them without dealing with troublesome issues that can arise in a public school, like bullying or stigma surrounding his/her disability.
IEPs and Homeschooling
If your child is enrolled in an individualized education program (IEP), you should be aware that the free services that IEPs provide in public schools are not transferable to homeschooling. You should still keep this IEP either for when your child is ready for college or if he/she should return to the public school. There are many online programs to choose from for the homeschooling of special needs children, and you can contact your state for specific information about what is required for a homeschooling program. Usually, states require that either a certified teacher teaches the child or that certain subject areas are covered.
Call to Learn More About Homeschooling Your Special Needs Child Today
If you have a child with special needs, call the Valley Socials Program of West San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles, California to learn more about homeschooling your child. We serve children with a variety of special needs and are based in West San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles, also serving Encino, Calabasas, Tarzana, and Sherman Oaks. Call us at (818) 650-0889 to learn more about home education options for your special needs child today.