One of the things I am passionate about doing on this website is helping parents of differently wired children. I’ve shared many parts of my journey as I’ve tried to unlock what my daughter needed in order to thrive as a person. In the process, I’ve sought out the knowledge and wisdom of other homeschooling moms with special needs kids. Although each differently wired child is unique, there are things that we can learn from each other.
In my own case, I have dozens and dozens of posts that are focused on helping homeschooling moms with special needs kids. These are grouped according to diagnoses and individual needs such as:
- highly sensitive
- asynchronous development
- personality types
I also started creating products for my shop that meet particular needs I discover in my homeschooling journey. For example, I created the Distraction Free Handwriting Practice worksheets because some kids simply cannot focus if a worksheet or printable is covered with squiggly lines and cute animal characters. (See: How a Homeschooled Dreamer Does Preschool Math)
So I created this series of products to be as simple as possible for children who need something with zero distractions as they practice their print or cursive writing.
Homeschooling Moms with Special Needs Kids
Over the past few years I’ve gotten to know a small group of homeschooling moms quite well. I wanted to introduce you to them today in case you’ve never happened across their websites. Each one is the mom of at least one child with a special learning need. Some of them have multiple children with a wide variety of special needs. The diagnoses include dyslexia, dysgraphia, giftedness, twice-exceptionality, anxiety, multiple overexcitabilities, and so on.
The bottom line is that this collection of moms has been walking the homeschool path for many years and with children who require something extra and something different in order to learn and flourish. These are moms who dearly love their children. In each case, I know they have put their own interests aside many times in order to give their child what he or she needs.
I asked each of them to share a few posts or materials they have created that will help other homeschooling moms with special needs kids. These are the posts they selected that they thought gave a glimpse into how they parent and homeschool their special needs children. I encourage you to click over and meet each of these women. I hope at least one or two of them are a good fit for you if you are parenting a different wired child. Hopefully you will find another source of information and encouragement that meets your particular parenting and homeschooling needs.
I also encourage you to take a minute and leave a comment on their site. Let them know you stopped by, especially if you find one of their posts encouraging. You will, in turn, be encouraging another mom.
And isn’t that something we all need each day?
Dianna at The Kennedy Adventures
Dianna is the mom of six children including one set of twins. She writes about her Catholic faith and has many posts and printables to help Catholic moms. She loves Memoria Press for her homeschooling and conducts workshops for them to help other moms. And in her spare time, she works part-time as a nurse.
- Standardized Testing for Homeschooling
- Super Fun Online Games for Struggling Readers
- Our Classical Christian Curriculum for Second Grade
- The Only Homeschool Typing Program You’ll EVER Need
Ginny at Not So Formulaic
Ginny is the mom of three children, all of whom are gifted/2e. Ginny has a heart especially for the moms of gifted/2e children and has a paid membership group called The Zelie Society where moms can connect. Ginny openly shares how her Catholic faith impacts her life and parenting and welcomes all women to her site and group for encouragement. She has a resource called Executive Decisions: A Practical Guide to Re-ordering Your family’s Heart, Head, and Home that many moms will find helpful.
- Impulsive, Disorganized Kids Aren’t Broken. They Need Help With Executive Function Skills
- Handling the “Difficult Student at Your Homeschool Co-op
- How to Guide (And Encourage) Your Impulsive, Destructive Kid
And Ginny didn’t put this in her list, but I’m adding it anyway because I think this is such an important post of hers that I’ve shared before: I Don’t Love Homeschooling, But I Love My Children – So I Do It Anyway.
Sara at Classically Homeschooling
Sara is the mom of six children, including two who have graduated and gone on to college. Sara’s areas of expertise are classical education and organizing your homeschool. She has many posts about scheduling, prioritizing, and making the most of your day. In her free time, Sara also works outside the home. Sara has also written Building Your Perfect Homeschool In Just 13 Weeks and You Can Do This: 21 Day of Encouragement for the Weary Homeschool Mom.
- Time Management & The Less Academic Child
- Stop Worrying and Teach the Child You Have
- 31 Days to a Well-Run Homeschool
Lauren at Mama’s Learning Corner
Lauren is the mom of five and has a gift for creating fun printables for younger learners. She shared just one post here, but it is full of information for parents who are homeschooling gifted children including a Google Hangout she did with three other moms of gifted/2e children.
I hope you enjoy meeting these women!