There are many benefits of homeschooling special needs children, and some of them may surprise you. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsure about homeschooling your child with special needs, let Shawna’s experience encourage you!
We had already been homeschooling for a year when we received my son’s autism diagnosis. While determining the next steps for therapies, possible medications, and support, people often asked when I would be putting him back into the school system.
“He needs the experts to help him.”
“How can you think you would be as capable as someone who does this for a living and with lots of different children?”
“You need to get him the help he needs socially. He has to go back to school.”
Honestly, it surprised me at first.
When we received my child’s autism spectrum diagnosis, one of my first thoughts was, “Thank goodness we decided to homeschool him.”
I knew homeschooling would allow him to progress at his own pace, and not face more of the bullying that had been a part of his everyday life in school.
But it seemed like no one else saw it the same way.
Now, almost a decade later, I am relieved and so grateful to share that homeschooling was, by far, one of the best decisions we ever made for both of my sons with special needs. [Read more…]