5 More Reasons to Homeschool Your Special Needs Child
As if the first five reasons weren't enough, here are another five encouraging reasons to homeschool your special needs children.
There are certain advantages to homeschooling any child, but homeschooling those with special needs is especially advantageous. The benefits of a home education largely outweigh those of public education. Here are five more good reasons to teach your children at home.
Medical Needs Are Ensured to Be Met
If you are a parent considering homeschooling a child with a medical condition, like a seizure disorder like epilepsy or a mood disorder like bi-polar disorder, you are well aware that medication is sometimes necessary. You are probably also aware that there are significant dangers to your child's health if these conditions are not carefully monitored. Though teachers intend well, no doubt, as a parent, you have much more at stake with the health and well-being of your child in your hands. There is no substitute for the care a child receives from his parents. If there is a medical need, you as a parent and home educator, do not have to worry about whether someone else is caring properly for your child.
Parents Can Monitor Progress More Closely
In a classroom with several special needs children or one with just one special kid along with a couple of dozen other children, a teacher's attention is constantly divided. She must control discipline, command her students' attention, teach, monitor progress, attend to resources, and numerous other things that pull her attention from providing for the child who perhaps needs the most intensive care.
Like attending to medical needs, parents can also monitor their child's progress more closely than a teacher can, making decisions about devoting more time and attention to a weak subject, and progressing more quickly through strong ones. And again, this flexibility is not controlled by a written educational plan that requires a slow meeting process to make the changes. A home educator can do it when it is needed; right away, every time.
Special Needs Can Be Met More Consistently
Therapists know that the key to many successful patients' treatments is consistency. When therapies are applied equally and regularly, they are most effective. When a child only gets certain therapies at school, and certain therapies at home, or some only during the day, and others only at night or on weekends, the regimen is less effective. At home, a parent can administer certain therapies (like light therapy for a child with a sensory processing disorder) with much more consistency than if the child is without it at school, with it in the evenings, and on weekends. In this case, the child is suffering without the needed accommodations at school.
Comfortable learning environments create better learning opportunities
The hard, wooden, or plastic desks used in most public schools are designed for one purpose—to keep kids uncomfortable enough to stay awake for long periods of time. This is necessary if the child is spending eight hours at a desk waiting for the opportunity to learn. But, it is already established that eight hours is more than most child, including those with special needs require to learn. Some kids do well standing, which is not a viable option in a classroom. Some do better legs crossed, sitting on the floor. Some kids have to move.
When the basic comforts of children are met, their minds open and engage far more easily and readily. And where does a child get this advantage? Certainly not in row six, 20 feet from the blackboard. This advantage is offered by the comforts of home. Special kids can kick back in a comfortable lounge chair or bean bag at home with no distractions and read about what interests them.
Seating arrangements are not the only discomfort either. Social stigma and bullying are still very real threats in public school systems. It is plainly true that administrators simply cannot be in all places at one time. A child who is different in an average way, who may have braces, freckles, glasses, or acne is a target. A child who is significantly different, either physically, socially, or cognitively, stands a much higher chance of being bullied, and of it adversely affecting his education.
Home offers safety and security from these threats as well. For parents concerned they will be labeled as over-protective, it is better to ensure your child is safe and be protective than to allow your child to be unsafe. Safety is a comfort that cannot easily be replaced once lost. Homeschoolers can offer safety and security in ways public schools simply cannot.
No One Knows Your Child Better Than You
You know your special needs child. You have been there through all the trials. Homeschooling is not always an easy option, but no one is better equipped to teach a child than the child's loving, caring parent. You may not know all the facts about Christopher Columbus, but you know all the facts about your child. Public schools can do well with what their limitations are, but no one knows your child and can care for him like you.
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