Home-Schooling Programs for Children with Special Needs

By: Kris Koonar

Children with special needs are truly different. It sure is a privilege to offer them extra love, care and attention that is unconditional. It is not easy to live with cerebral palsy, blindness, speech impediment, retardation, autism or any other kind of disease that involves learning disabilities. It is a daily battle for them, to cope with the inability to cope with emotional, mental and physical disability. In some cases, these can be over come with focussed and consistent effort.

There are times when families of children with special needs are restricted and harassed more than the other homeschoolers. Due to this, many home-schooled children with special needs children feel that they have lesser rights than others.

Constitutionally, this might not be far away from the truth. Parents with special-need children, like all other parents, are protected by the same Constitution. As a result, they too are under the protection of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

Homeschoolers can choose from two basic options to receive help, resources from the public schools through the federal IDEA program or private special need resources. Some homeschoolers can also opt for a combination of the two.

According to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs or the OSEP, the IDEA special education resources should be made available to students in private and public schools. Meanwhile, certain states have approved of regulations, which allow homeschoolers to participate actively. Furthermore, if the students are from states that recognize homeschools as private schools, the homeschoolers can avail of assistance.

According to a survey, parents give a higher form of education to their special-need children, by educating them at home. Parents do not have to be specially certified or have special qualifications to teach their handicapped children at home.

Why is home the ideal Environment for Children Special Needs?

Every child needs to feel loved. Love means more for children with special needs. Homeschooling gives special-need children the right teachers, the parents who truly love them and are aware of their strengths and weaknesses. This provides parents with the upper hand in delivering effective education programs to their children.

Home schooling should en in adherence to the laws laid by the legislatures, to make sure there are no attempts to create excessive regulations in the case of handicapped children. The homeschoolers ought to stand united to safeguard the special-needs homeschoolers from being excessively and separately regulated.

Homeschooling gives parents the opportunity to teach their children all that they feel really matters. Living with a handicap is not easy. Handicapped children are constantly aware of their inability and weakness. This in some cases leads to a feeling of inadequacy and worthlessness. Love and personal attention given by family members is more important in times of need. Children with special needs truly need the reassurance and extra support.

Homeschooling the disabled child is an exceptionally enriching experience, which helps the child reach his full potential. You do not need any special credentials or a lot of training to homeschool the special child. With a little bit of patience, love and dedication, teaching the little one is easy.

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