Should children with learning disabilities be homeschooled? The decision to homeschool any child is complex and depends on:
- Homeschool laws in your state; and
- Your readiness to provide the instruction, resources, time, support for the idea from your family, financial ability, and other important considerations.
Some parents choose to homeschool their learning disabled children and are successful. They enjoy the process, their children learn at satisfactory rates, and they can give their children one-on-one attention which may not be available in schools. Some homeschool because their children are not progressing at school or that behavior issues are so problematic the child cannot function. Others feel that their children are less cooperative with them than with teachers in schools or that conflicting learning/teaching styles, relationship dynamics, and complex needs make homeschooling impossible for them.
If you are considering homeschooling your special education child consider doing some research beforehand:
- If you feel comfortable doing so, request an IEP team meeting to discuss your concerns. Possibly, other arrangements can be made at the school to address your concerns. In rare cases, such as when significant health issues are a concern, schools may be willing to place your child at home and provide some instruction and related services in your home. Typically, this is only done when your child cannot be served at school.
- Check your local library for books on homeschooling. Your local librarian may be able to connect you with area homeschoolers who may be willing to talk with you about their experiences and answer questions you may have. Local churches may also have contacts willing to talk with you as well.
- If you are unsure if homeschool is right for you and your child, consider trying it over school breaks. This will be a good opportunity for your child to keep up skills over the break and try homeschooling without making a full commitment to it until you are ready.