10 Tips for Homeschooling Your Special Needs Child
As a parent with a child with special needs, you might be wondering where to start on this homeschooling journey. After all, since the pandemic hit, traditional schools have gone online if not hybrid, and this of course posed challenges for you. At Outstanding Outcomes Home Tuition, we have expert tutors who have the interest of your special needs child at heart. Apart from teaching, they provide you with tips for homeschooling as outlined below.
It’s obvious that homeschooling a child without special needs is a challenge, and gets parents worried. And homeschooling an intellectually impaired child can put more pressure on you. With the tips we share however, you’ll have your work cut out.
A quiet and clutter-free space will, of course relieve stress on your child in readiness for homeschooling. That said, having a routine and other tips we’ll mention here will go a long way in bringing out the best in your child and clearing your worries. So what are the other tips for homeschooling a child with a learning disability?
How Do You Homeschool a Child with an IEP (Individualized Education Program)?
1. Take care of yourself
It may seem surprising why this tip comes first. But think of it this way: your child depends on you entirely for his or her education. If you crumble because of exhaustion, their world is turned upside down. So take frequent breaks, eat healthy, exercise and take walks. You’ll feel rejuvenated and ready to face the task ahead.
2. Create a learning environment
An environment free of distractions is a must. And here we don’t mean setting up a desk and a chair similar to that in traditional schools. Be creative enough. By putting your child’s needs first, you can have a room with a thick carpet on the floor and some throw pillows,for example. But electronics are a no-no not unless you are using them to enhance learning.
3. Don’t be an island
With many parents with special needs children having joined the homeschool bandwagon, you have a support group when you get overwhelmed. But don’t be a taker only. Show yourself supportive by giving out ideas and tips on how you are faring. After all, no one has all the solutions to the problems encountered when homeschooling.
4. Remember to celebrate them
Always have a goal in mind for each day however small. Maybe your child was able to colour within a picture. Be sure to celebrate them and motivate them when they are on a task.
5. Find ways to reduce stress
As we’ve stated in the introduction, homeschooling a child with special needs in not a walk in the park. You are more busier now, especially if you have other children you are taking care of. And so you need time to relax. Nature walks and the outdoors are fantastic for calming your mind.
6. Have the right mindset
The reaction you have to any challenge you have will determine whether you’ll enjoy homeschooling your special needs child or otherwise. Why not paste motivational quotes on walls around the house and the learning space. By telling yourself you can make it, the words will go a long way no matter the outcome of your efforts at the end of the day.
7. Frequent breaks help a lot
Breaks ease pressure off your child and you too, not to mention that he or she will be able to focus on the task more fully. Use the breaks for activities such as play and physical exercise. Simple stretches, jumping and push-ups will do.
8. Write up a routine
So that you don’t get mixed up and wonder what you’ve already covered and what needs attention, just draw up a schedule. Involving your child will go a long in making them fill useful. And when you are done, stick it somewhere in your learning space and let your child know that you’ll stick to it.
9. Set achievable goals
You can have a weekly, biweekly, or monthly goals. And they don’t need to be complicated. If your child was able to eat on his or her own, was able to use utensils, or even wash himself or herself up, those are worthwhile goals. Just remember to celebrate them when they achieve them.
10. Engage the services of a home tutor
Life gets in the way at times. You might also lack the stamina and patience that a professional teacher has. So what can you do? Why not invite a special needs tutor at your place. Together, you can work out a schedule that puts your child’s needs at the centre of everything. Then you can let the tutor take control while you concentrate on other things that are also important.
To get support from skilled teachers, please contact Outstanding Outcomes Home Tuition and one of our expert tutors we’ll visit you to help with the homeschooling. We know it might be overwhelming to do things in the right way, even with the tips above because you are juggling other duties with the responsibilities of homeschooling your own child. You can let us lift that burden off your shoulders so that you concentrate on your work and career without worry.
Thanks for such an informative article…
Welcome Mr. Kitui 🙂