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The Advantages of Home Schooling for Disabled Children


Before you decide on home schooling your disabled child, you should weigh the pros and cons carefully as this is a big step for both your family and your child. It's also best if both parents agree on home schooling the kid. The advantages of home schooling for disabled children are:

Control over the Environment

By teaching your special needs child at home, you can exert more control over his learning environment. You have more control over the curriculum and can better instill values that you think are important. Similarly, you can discuss subjects or issues at length, particularly subjects that are important to you such as education, religion and character development. You can also remove any negative influences from your child's environment. Since you know your child better than anybody else, you can meet your kid's requirements better than anyone else could.

Easy Access to Teaching Material

The teaching material that's required for home schooling your child is different from the teaching material that's used by teachers in schools. Home schooling can be much more expensive than traditional school, and the expense used to be a deterrent for parents in the past. However, nowadays you can get quite a lot of material online. There are several online stores, support groups, homeschooling sites and forums that are willing to help parents who wish to home school their children. Books that provide useful information are also available online. As a parent, you won't have to spend too much time or money to look for study material.

Removal of Stress for the Special Needs Child

Often, a special needs child is intimidated by normal children at school. Such disabled children feel inferior as they can't cope with the regular curriculum. Studying at home removes this pressure and the kids are left to study at their own pace. Your disabled child is also less likely to be bullied at home. Besides this, grade levels in different subjects can be adjusted according to the child's performance and aptitude.

Better Support from School Districts

There is much better communication between support groups and school districts nowadays. Hence, parents find it easier to home school their children than they did in the past. Teachers, education coordinators, therapists and even pediatricians recommend resources provided by the community or other strategies that meet an individual child's needs.

It's Easier to Deal with a Special Needs Child at Home

Dealing with your child is easier in a controlled atmosphere at home. This is especially true if your child suffers from a medical condition and shouldn't be exposed to allergens. A timid child also feels safer at home, especially if he has been bullied in the past.

Home Schooling Is Allowed by Several States

Most states now allow parents to home school their children, even those with special needs.

You should try out the home schooling during school breaks and decide if it works for both your special needs child and your entire family. Even if you decide to home school and find out that it doesn't suit your child, you can always send your kid back to school and carry on as before.

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