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

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?

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 · Dyslexia · Homeschooling

A Typical Day Is Anything But

When I first started homeschooling, I could barely picture the elementary years.  I went to school to be an elementary special education teacher – I felt like I should have an idea of what to expect. But middle school and even worse….high school? No idea. A Typical Day Is Anything But I have no idea… Continue reading A Typical Day Is Anything But

Homeschooling

What We Learned From Two Weeks In Public School

In what can only be described as a surreal moment, I found myself signing documents to enroll my son in public school last month. I love homeschooling. My sons love homeschooling. I write all about how much homeschooling has made a tremendous impact on my sons’ education, despite their learning differences. The longer we homeschool, the… Continue reading What We Learned From Two Weeks In Public School

ADHD · Anxiety · Doctors · pediatric mood disorders

Misdiagnosis – When Doctors Don’t Have Answers

The last six months have been a haze of doctors’ offices, medications, meltdowns and unexplained illnesses for my youngest son. He has received several different, significant diagnoses in this time frame. He has been treated according to the standard protocol for each of these diagnoses. Nothing has worked. As a result, after a very serious… Continue reading Misdiagnosis – When Doctors Don’t Have Answers

Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

Real Life Interest-Led Learning

My children are both wildly different. My oldest is a thirteen year old, self-professed computer geek with a strong interest in physics, non-fiction and occasionally, reptiles. My youngest is ten, energetic and delighted with any fictional account of adventure, with strong interests in geology, gemstones and occasionally, reptiles. My oldest is on the autism spectrum,… Continue reading Real Life Interest-Led Learning

ADHD · Dyslexia · Homeschooling

When Your Child Is A “Slow Learner”

My youngest son is ten years old. It took him three years (count them, three years) to learn the alphabet fluently. Four years to spell and write his first and last name correctly. He still sometimes fails to recognize basic sight words, that he has been practicing for the better part of five years. I… Continue reading When Your Child Is A “Slow Learner”

Autism · Dyslexia · Homeschooling

Starting The School Year Off Right

I love this season. Getting ready for the start of a new school year means I get to do all the things I naturally love. Planning our homeschool calendar. Typing up our daily schedule. Researching and (even better) ordering and unpacking new books and curriculum options. Buying new pens and pencils that we don’t need,… Continue reading Starting The School Year Off Right

Homeschooling · Parenting

Sometimes Summer Break Isn’t A Break At All

I remember summer vacations so well. When I was a child, summer break meant eating way too many popsicles, not having to get up in the morning, swimming for as long as I wanted, impromptu trips to the lake, and absolutely no real plans. The summer break of my youth was glorious. The summer break… Continue reading Sometimes Summer Break Isn’t A Break At All

Autism · Dyslexia · Homeschooling

Special Education At Home (my new book is here!!!)

We made the decision to homeschool before we knew about either of my boys’ learning differences. Well, I guess that’s not entirely true. We knew they learned differently, but we didn’t know why. School was not kind to my oldest, off the charts, acing every standardized test seven year old. The noise, the smells, the… Continue reading Special Education At Home (my new book is here!!!)