It is impossible for kids with a disability to get full educational essentials in a public school. Even if there are private schools that specialize in catering to their needs, it is not something that most parents can afford. But if parents can, there’s no assurance that it will fit the needs of their children. As such, parents ponder on how they can provide the proper education for their children with disabilities. According to developmental psychologist and professor emeritus at the University of California, Bryna Siegel, Ph.D., “While Americans embrace all sort of inclusion, desegregation, gender equality, and the need for public access for the physically disabled—arguably, educational inclusion of many children with autism is not cut from the same civil rights ‘cloth.’” She adds that, “Many children with autism have more behavior incompatible with instruction, and so many master educational content more slowly, and often only with the use of special methods not included in the training of general education teachers.”
As of now, the best choice for parents with special needs children is to opt for homeschooling. It is because no one can better understand a child than his parents. Additionally, there are numerous advantages to special needs homeschooling which we will discuss in this article.
There are numerous advantages of homeschooling for kids with special needs. However, parents need to exert more time and effort into making it possible. Here are the few of the following benefits they can potentially get.
- Individual Focus
Most children with special needs require guidance to a far greater degree. As such, it is within the expectation that a one on one education is more efficient for them rather than the usual educational curriculum. This type of focus-oriented education can deepen the relationship and understanding between parents and children. That’s because there will be an additional time spent together that a typical school curriculum won’t be able to provide.
- Specialization And Customization
In homeschooling, parents can build a specific program that complements the peculiar needs of their children. It also helps avoid the hindrances or dangers the children might encounter on campus, particularly bullying. Also, parents can make minute adjustments if the program is not practical in case of specific impairments or learning problems.
- Lesser Distractions
Most special children have a harder time focusing on their work. It is why distraction is the last thing they need. Homeschooling can remove all the unwanted disturbances or at least keep it to a minimum range. It will give the parents more opportunity to get the necessary learning attention they need. “It is the internal distractions that we have the most difficulty with during treatment because they are very difficult to identify and not easy to resolve,” says Nicole Kolenda, M.S., CCC-SLP, P.C. She emphasize that, “You have to make sure you are working at the “line of learning”—where you are able to maintain the student’s attention and they are processing and learning.”
- Sharing Moments
Homeschooling provides more opportunity for parents and child to share more time thus creating more memories. The parents are there when kids learn, fail, struggle, and achieve something. The joy, excitement, and tears are all priceless treasures to recollect. There is nothing more rewarding than the familial bond created in such moments.
- Less Negativity More To Improvement
Special children face a lot of bullying, discrimination, and negativity at most public schools. Debbie Glasser, Ph.D. wrote, “According to the study findings, students who receive special education services are also more likely than others to be sent to the school office for discipline issues.” In addition to that, “children who are victimized by others may experience anxiety, depression, and various health concerns.” The negative environment hinders developmental improvement as well. However, it is a situation that homeschooling can prevent. Parents allow an environment where there’s no discrimination and judgment. It also keeps them away from bullying. There’s a focus on the kids’ strongest characteristics while boosting their confidence. As a result, there are more personal achievements gathered from homeschooling program.
- Understanding And Patience
Nobody understands children better than their parents. The familiarity allows them to adjust the teaching methods to what their kids’ are feeling, needing, or experiencing. Parents provide more patience and understanding because they know what particular things are required.
- Progress As A Family
When parents choose to homeschool their children, it is essential that they learned things before teaching. They have to use and provide a specific reference about the lessons they are going to add in the homeschooling program. Not only it helps children with disabilities to develop their skills, but it also allows parents to learn with them at the same time.
It is hard to educate children with special needs because they require the most attention, effort, and affection. However, it’s not enough reason not to provide them with proper education. If all else is not working, at least homeschooling can be a good option for learning.