Would or should you homeschool a child with learning disabilities, ADHD or special needs?
This is going to be an off-the-cuff post about a topic I’m sure many have personal experience with, and certainly an opinion on. I’d like to hear from you in the comments below with full understanding that this is an inclusive site. So no shaming please! However conflicting points of view are welcome and I encourage anyone willing to chime in.
We chose to start our homeschool journey eight years ago because of personal philosophy. Our oldest completed kindergarten at an arts immersion school and did well from the outside looking in. That is to say he was reported to have completed all the milestones and was promoted to grade 1 without concern. He had no flags for attention, learning difficulties or behaviour issues. I’m explaining this because I want to make it clear that we started homeschooling because our son wanted to stay at home and I was always interested in the idea of homeschooling long before I had children.
Fast forward 8 years and we are in the middle of a diagnosis for several issues for one of our children. This is leading down a path of homeschooling that wasn’t in the plan. Part of me thinks the learning disabilities would have been identified earlier had he been in school with early intervention as the benefit. The other part of me knows had he been in school the impact on him as a person would have been greater as a whole. Am I prepared to change the way we homeschool because those guiding us through this process say it’s necessary for his success? Better yet to stop homeschooling all together and focus on moving him to a school that supports learning disabilities to help “close the gap”? And at what cost?
Could, or should, we homeschool children with learning disabilities, ADHD or special needs? Is there a genuine benefit to them to homeschool or are we sacrificing their needs over our education philosophy?
Tell me your thoughts and personal experiences. I’m heading to the workshops at the conference called Connecting Dots with therapists Sara Turner and Elizabeth Beaugrand, as well as My Literacy Space with Hanna Stroud to give me some ideas.