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Subject: Anyone homeschooling a child with a disability??
Date Posted: 12/11/2007 9:48 PM ET
Member Since: 12/7/2005
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I was just wondering because my son had Autism and was wondering how your children are doing with homeschool.

Date Posted: 12/11/2007 9:53 PM ET
Member Since: 6/10/2007
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Yep =) Look here

Date Posted: 12/11/2007 10:07 PM ET
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Thanks Michelle! You've been a huge help!!!

Date Posted: 12/12/2007 12:51 AM ET
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welcome. keep the questions coming. =)

Date Posted: 12/12/2007 10:32 PM ET
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I am looking into doing home scholling for my twins who are adhd and mentally disabled. Would greatly appreciate any help or guidance.

Date Posted: 12/15/2007 12:12 AM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2007
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I just started homeschooling my 14 year old daughter this year...9th grade...she has ADHD, ODD, Generalize Anxiety Disorder, and Major Depression. She also has many traits of OCD and several nervous tics.

The biggest thing I've learned since August....be very, very flexible with you idea of education. Do what is best for your child as an individual, not necessarily what the public schools say is best for kids your child's age. What I mean is that I'm a recovering perfectionist, and it I've had to learn as much as my daughter through this journey.

I stressed a lot early on about being able to figure out how we could get everything done. Then I started doing simple math. At least time in Iowa, homeschool kids here need to have 120 hours to equal 1 credit. That is just three weeks if you put in 40 hour weeks. Granted, there is no way we're going to put in 40 hour weeks, but it became very realistic for me when I realized how quickly we could get the hours in.

Keep asking questions here. It is a huge challenge, but even though I get really stressed I still feel it is the best choice for my daughter. So, I keep trying to find ways for me to deal with my stress.

One of our biggest allies....a kitchen timer. We time everything....chores, activities, assignments, etc. Otherwise, she gets off task very easily.

Rhonda

Date Posted: 12/15/2007 6:27 PM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2007
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Here's a website I found of interest and bookmarked awhile back regarding ADHD and homeschooling. It makes sense to me, but again, stresses the concept of thinking outside the box.

http://www.homeschoolzone.com/hsz/articles/vancamp.htm