Homeschooling · Learning Differences · Special Education At Home

How Do I Know My Child Is Making Progress?

“There…in the…wa…wa…water was a boy.” My youngest son struggled to read the sentence. Again. I tried to encourage him, my heart sinking. “Good. Keep going.” As he worked harder than any eleven-year-old boy should have to just to read The Story Of Ping, I thought to myself, “Surely by this time next year he will… Continue reading How Do I Know My Child Is Making Progress?

Homeschooling · Sensory Processing Disorder

Movement and Learning For The Older Child

“I can think of better ideas, Momma, if you just let me walk around.” My eleven-year-old son was narrating a story, as part of our writing lesson for the day. I was typing his words as he spoke them and had asked him to stay close to me so I could hear him spin his tale.… Continue reading Movement and Learning For The Older Child

Dyslexia · Homeschooling

7 Simple Tips For Parents Of Struggling Readers

My son is eleven years old. I clearly remember him in his sweet little preschool classroom at four years old. He loved the arts, the crafts, the playtime and the other children. But the letters, the writing his name, the sounds? Not so much. Even back then, it was obvious that reading was not his… Continue reading 7 Simple Tips For Parents Of Struggling Readers

Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

Top Resources For Homeschooling Children With Learning Differences

“I can’t seem to find anyone who homeschools their child. My son is 13 and is autistic and epileptic. I have never met anyone else in similar situation.  I feel so alone and don’t know if I’m doing anything right.  I have nothing to compare it to and no help at all. Any ideas. Thank… Continue reading Top Resources For Homeschooling Children With Learning Differences

Homemaking · Homeschooling · Motherhood

Weekly And Daily Routines (that are not so routine)

I wrote an entire post last week whining about how hard it is to be consistent with our routines. Turns out, I am not alone in this quest to figure out how to maintain the flow of our days. Many of you asked for more information about what our routines are, no matter how bad… Continue reading Weekly And Daily Routines (that are not so routine)

Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

Hands-On History For My Struggling Learner (with Project Passport)

Teaching my youngest son history has been a struggle lately. He loves the stories. He loves to hear about real-life in ancient times. He adores the gritty details of battles. He dreams of going back in time and being able to live like the ancients. But lately, just hearing the stories hasn’t been enough to… Continue reading Hands-On History For My Struggling Learner (with Project Passport)

Doctors · Motherhood · Survival Mode

For The Waiting Room Mom

A sweet friend texted me last week from a waiting room. Her son was in the room next door, undergoing additional neuropsychological evaluations. She said she knew I would understand. The waiting. The mounting fear. The worry. The silence. The beige decor. The straining to hear what was being said on the other side of the… Continue reading For The Waiting Room Mom

Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Learning Differences · Special Education At Home

Learning To Read With Special Needs

My youngest son is eleven years old. He has been trying to learn to read now for almost seven years. Day in and day out, practicing the sounds, the sight words, the letters and the blends. Seven years.   I have been trying to teach him to read for seven years. Day in and day… Continue reading Learning To Read With Special Needs

ADHD · Anxiety · Autism · The Explosive Child

Parenting An Explosive Child

I have been scratched, spat on, threatened, punched and called names. There are holes in the walls, windows that have been broken, iPads that will never be the same and stains on the ceiling that will not come out no matter how hard I scrub. Our school day often involves more than one book or… Continue reading Parenting An Explosive Child

Homemaking · Homeschooling · Motherhood

Why Are Consistent Routines So Hard?

Mom confession time. I totally let my son watch four episodes of SpongeBob yesterday. In a row. I dozed on the couch with the aggravating sounds of Squidward and Patrick in the background. It was my son who stopped the incessant music playing at the end of the episode. “I’m bored,” he said, looking at… Continue reading Why Are Consistent Routines So Hard?

Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

How My Dyslexic Son Became A Writer

My youngest son loves to tell stories. Elaborate, epic, complicated and funny stories. He is always, always the hero. Much to my chagrin, his mother is usually the villain. (Sigh.) He has been telling stories for as long as I can remember. My little storyteller is also the subject of much concern in most educational assessments.… Continue reading How My Dyslexic Son Became A Writer

ADHD · Autism · Homeschooling · Learning Differences

The Hardest Part Of Homeschooling My Children With Special Needs

My child ate kleenex in his therapy session last week. He nonchalantly picked up the box, pulled out a few pieces and started taking bites like it was a turkey sandwich. When he was done, he broke the box itself in half, put it on his head like a hat, and got back to coloring… Continue reading The Hardest Part Of Homeschooling My Children With Special Needs

ADHD · Anxiety · pediatric mood disorders

Finding A Treatment Plan That Works

When the psychiatrist first gave us the list of diagnoses, I was a little stunned. “You see four different diagnoses here, just in one day’s time?” “Well, yes. Based on his history and everything we have seen, it’s clear. The good news is, now that we know, we can treat these conditions. Let’s make a… Continue reading Finding A Treatment Plan That Works