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 · 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

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)

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

Motherhood · Parenting · Reading

10 Must-Read Books For Parenting A Child With Special Needs

There are eleven separate chronic diagnoses between my two children. Seven times I have sat in a beige room on a beige couch and heard a doctor say the words I knew were coming, but still didn’t want to hear. Your child has… Autism Bipolar Disorder, Type 1 Anxiety Disorder ADHD Sensory Processing Disorder Lupus… Continue reading 10 Must-Read Books For Parenting A Child With Special Needs

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

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 · Learning Differences · Special Education At Home

Shakespeare and Children With Learning Differences

When I was in the sixth grade, I auditioned for our school’s production of A Midsummer Nights Dream. I was confident that I would land one of the starring roles. I didn’t. In fact, I wasn’t cast in any role. (Turns out my acting ability wasn’t quite what I thought it was…) The drama teacher… Continue reading Shakespeare and Children With Learning Differences

Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

Hands-On Activities For The Struggling Reader (that really work!)

My youngest son is ten years old. He is 100% sure that he is a man now, except for the times that he is 100% sure that he would much rather be a little boy. He waffles between asserting his independence and crawling up on my lap to snuggle. And the older he gets, the… Continue reading Hands-On Activities For The Struggling Reader (that really work!)