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Special Needs

Children with special needs thrive at home with an annual Customized Educational Plan. Many children have been made to feel they have a problem with learning simply because they don't do well in the "system".. either a school system or a home school program that is not customized to their needs.  It makes me sad to think of the number of children who will grow up always believing they have a problem. 

It doesn't have to be that way! 

Whether your child has minor learning or emotional struggles, or has been formally diagnosed with a learning disability, an education customized to his unique needs, academically and emotionally, just makes sense. 

In addition to the obvious benefits of matching curriculum and activities to your child's learning style and personality, I can teach you strategies to help your child learn more easily, to develop positive habits, and to confidently face their daily challenges. I do not think of emotional issues that come up regularly to be distractions from the academics. They are necessary and a very  

important part of a child's education. It is in our best interest to plan accordingly. Our children need to learn the best way to overcome the emotional hurdles they may face when they are doing something difficult in life, or something they would rather not be doing. 

Helping our children understand their own needs so they can handle their responsibilities will equip them to take care of themselves when 


He has "taken off" academically when school "experts" said there was nothing they could do.


they are grown. At home, we have the opportunity to be right beside our children showing them how to get focused, meet deadlines with less stress, how to deal with perfectionism, etc. As our children's emotional needs are met, academic success will come much easier. 
 
See Derrick's story (below) to read about one of the many children who are now excelling with a customized education.
 

Gifted Children

Many people falsely assume that a child who is considered gifted has an advantage over other children Some think that gifted automatically equals success. The truth is gifted doesn't mean "without challenges."  Some children who are labeled gifted are burdened with perfectionism. Many struggle with fitting in with other children, causing motivation problems.  Often a child's maturity level is below their academic ability.  Gifted children are sometimes misunderstood. Although schools may say they have special programs for gifted children, they are often asked to be classroom helpers or given more work as opposed to being able to advance at their own rate. 

 

Not satisfied with your current situation? 

Find out if home school is right for you.  Register for our next FREE "Is Home School Right for Your Family?" Seminar.
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Schedule a private meeting where you can get answers personalized to your needs and circumstances and see what home schooling would look like in your family.

When you are ready to get started, we will design an education that includes academics as well as a plan for meeting the emotional needs of you and your child.  Just call Home School Rx at 717-612-1516. Daytime, evening, and weekend appointments are available.  Over the phone or at my office, I look forward to meeting you!

Tammy

Read Testimonials & Stories 

 

Read about Derrick as told by Tammy
Derrick has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. He had an I.E.P. (Individual Educational Plan) in the public school. There he spent several hours a day in a separate classroom with other children who needed "special help." For three years, Derrick didn't learn very much. His parents met with multiple "professionals" and "experts" within the district, including the psychologist. It appeared that Derrick was not able to do even the simple math worksheets that were given to him. Finally, the administration said that there was nothing they could do for him. 

I discovered from Derrick's mother that he loved to watch the history channel, the discovery channel, building things, doing science experiments and everything related to history. She added that he liked to write when it was his own idea and not something a teacher had assigned. Interesting. This did not sound like someone who didn't like learning! When I asked what Derrick said about the work he was given at school, he said, "Why do they always give me baby work?"

When I commented that it seemed to me that Derrick felt insulted by the way he was treated at school and that he possibly felt smarter than his teachers, Derrick's mother agreed. It seemed clear to me that Derrick had important things to do. He had ideas for projects he wanted to do and real history to learn. He didn't have time for silly worksheets. In his mind, the school system was standing in his way!

The plan I proposed was based on an immediate short-term goal of reversing Derrick's negative educational experience. It included both new attitudes and new methods. We certainly didn't want to pick a bunch of books in each subject and do school-at-home. Based on Derrick's learning style, interests, and current attitude, we created a balanced curriculum consisting of books, experiments, projects, independent study, and job shadowing,

New attitudes were included: Derrick doesn't have a "problem." Derrick wants to learn and his parents are there to support him, to create the necessary environment, and to obtain the necessary resources to support his educational endeavor.

With a fresh respect for Derrick's preferences for learning, he has "taken off" academically when school "experts" said there was nothing they could do.

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