10+ Reasons to Homeschool Disabled, Gifted & Special Needs Children
Is your child struggling with school or finding it difficult to fit in? This is a common story among many children who are gifted, disabled or have autism. Thankfully, there’s a fantastic alternative that works wonders in many students who are struggling with school. Homeschooling! Below we’ll dive into reasons to homeschool your child with special needs.
Reasons for Disabled Children
1. At home, you can more easily tailor the child’s education than at school.
2. Children who take longer than most to complete work can study at their own pace.
4. Parents are able to fulfill the healthcare/medical role as well as the teacher role, making education more comfortable for disabled children.
5. Disabled children might need to attend medical appointments frequently. Homeschooling gives them more flexibility with appointments meaning they don’t have to miss out on learning days but can do them when they’re feeling up to it.
Reasons for Gifted Children
6. Sometimes gifted students in school can regress into a state where they won’t learn at their level if they’re kept back for a long time. This boredom causes stagnation of ability because of the slow academic progress of some schools.
7. Parents can focus on giving their gifted children work that challenges and advances their children’s minds more. Give them advanced work and see them rise to the challenge!
8. In a homeschool, gifted children can work as quickly as they want and won’t be held up by filler work the teacher gives them to occupy them while the slowest student in the class catches up. This means these students will be learning at a more academically appropriate level.
Reasons for Children with Autism
9. Some issues that are troubling to autistic children are sometimes not addressed by SE teachers (like sensory issues, motor skills, different teaching styles or concrete versus abstract learning and understanding).
10. Children with autism may use disruptive techniques to calm themselves. At home, these calming methods won’t disrupt other schoolchildren. In school, disrupted neurotypicals (and sometimes even teachers) are upset with autistic children and give them angry glances or bully them.
11. Homeschoolers can rest from over-socialization. Autistic children might benefit from this in particular, but over-socialization is an issue very rarely dealt with for neurotypical (perhaps less extroverted) students.
12. The home environment is often less stressful for autistic children. Richdae and Prior (1992) did a study that found children with autism hyper-secreted the stress hormone, cortisol, when at school. These cortisol levels returned to normal when children came home.
Other Reasons for Special Needs Children
13. Because parents know their children so well, parents tend to specialize in their child’s ability, disability or special need. Teachers sometimes don’t know a student’s special need/s as well as parents. Given time restraints, these children may not get the attention they need. At home, they will get far more attention, improving their academic scores and learning experience.
14. Special needs children are, on average, academically engaged 2.5 times more at home than in school.
15. Homeschools can better aim to reach a child’s full potential because they have fewer time restraints which force a child to move onto the next subject before they are, perhaps, ready to do so.
16. At home, disabled, gifted and special needs students see greater academic progress compared to school.
17. Children who are seen as ‘different’ are less bullied at home.
In addition to these reasons, check out other reasons to homeschool your child here.
Children with special needs often thrive in the home setting. Their stress levels are lower and they’re able to concentrate on their studies more. Their high needs can be catered for more effectively and children can take their time with their work or accomplish far more than they were able to at school. For these reasons, homeschooling is a great answer for parents who are at their wits end over the inflexibility of schools.