Archive for the Special Needs Category

Grief in the New Year

Grief and the New Year By Heidi Forney   Grief might seem to be a strange subject to talk about at this time of the year. Usually at the beginning of a new year blog posts are all about how to restart your school year after hitting that mid-year slump.   But sometimes, whether homeschooling with special needs or with typical children, grief accompanies the beginning of the year. It might be you lost a family member last year so the beginning of a new

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Holidays, Homeschooling, and Special Needs

  Holidays, Homeschooling, and Special Needs   by Heidi Forney   With any family, the holidays can be full of hustle and bustle as you try finish up gifts and cards for your family and friends, cooking that special dish for the potluck at church on Sunday, or putting the finishing touch on your decorations or a special feast for Christmas dinner. Besides all that, you also are busy trying to get the kids to do their schoolwork and finish

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Audio Homeschooling

Audio Homeschooling! by Heidi Forney   There are times with our typical kids that audio books come in handy. In the car, at nap time, definitely. But with our special needs children audio books can not only be a great tool for learning, but in many ways a lifesaver (or maybe a homeschool saver)? For example, some autistic children have a need to hear the same book over and over. Repetition is one way that they not only learn, but

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Take Time for a Nap

Take Time for a Nap     by Heidi Forney   This morning started off at 3 or 4 AM when your special needs child woke up bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, AND screaming at the top of his lungs that his ears hurt. Until 8 AM you had to cuddle, soothe, and practice every known remedy you could come up with, and nothing helped, so once more you called the pediatrician (or the ENT) for what seems like the one thousandth time this year. Appointment made

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It’s Not Working

Its Not Working!   by Heidi Forney   You hit a wall. Your special needs child simply cannot figure out how to solve her times tables. Or tie his shoe laces. Or for that matter write her alphabet without letters being written backwards, upside down, or so illegibly that you have no way of knowing what on earth she was trying to write! Or maybe he is refusing to write that sentence you have been dictating to him over and

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Homeschooling in Crisis Mode

Homeschooling in Crisis MODE (aka When Someone Is in the Hospital or too Sick to “Do School”)   by Heidi Forney   So you found out that your child needs surgery and will be in the hospital for a week, a few weeks, or a few months. Or your child has a serious illness and it is taking longer for him or her to recover than you might have expected. Or maybe mom or dad or another close relative had some

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Homeschooling on the Run

Homeschooling on the Run     by Heidi Forney When your child has special needs there are extra “gifts” that come along with your specially-gifted child. Gifts like multiple doctor appointments, occupational, speech or physical therapy, counseling, and meetings with various specialists who can provide other services or equipment for your child’s benefit. Sometimes it might feel like you spend more time out and about or in the car than you do at home! That’s when the beauty and flexibility

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Can I Homeschool My Special Needs Child?

Yes, You CAN Homeschool Your Special Needs Child! by Heidi Forney   You suspect that your child has or may have various special needs.   Or maybe they have already been diagnosed?   Special needs may be emotional, physical, medical, developmental, behavioral, or any combination.   Does this change your plans? You have always intended on homeschooling.  Or maybe you are already homeschooling your other children.   Or perhaps you may have your children in public or private school and are thinking, “Maybe there

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