Monday, November 5, 2012

Special Needs Learning

If you ever look at programs geared for special needs learning, then this checklist might be very beneficial to you.

When evaluating learning software for special educational needs, you should make sure that it:
  • Proceeds at the student's own special needs pace
  • Builds on existing reading, writing and math skills
  • Allows placing the child at different levels for math and language arts
  • Encourages kids to become active learners through exploration and discovery
  • Introduces new learning opportunities in a safe, supportive environment
  • Balances learning with fun!
Special needs learners includes kids with dyslexia, CAPD, kids on the autism spectrum, ADHD and ADD learners, kids with Asperger's, Down Syndrome, and more.

Many times these kids have needs that most curriculum providers fail to meet, which creates frustration for the student and parent. I don't know about you, but lately everything I look at is focused on pushing kids ultra fast and hard, as if they are already in college. Sometimes slow and steady wins the race, right?

Special needs learning also applies to your homeschool gifted student as well. They too have needs that must be met in order to thrive. Your curriculum choice must challenge and stretch them.

What programs have you found beneficial, and why? What programs have you tried that didn't work, and what about them didn't work for your student? Did you take your child’s homeschool learning style into account when selecting your current curriculum?

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  1. When we started homeschooling back in 2005, I had NO idea what learning styles were, lol. It took trying (and failing with!) one curriculum program after another and finally settling on Time4Learning and seeing it work, before we really understood more about my son being a visual learner. :)


  2. My son has Asperger's but is also a gifted learner. It has certainly been a challenge to figure out what works for him. I'm going to have to carefully consider what I choose for high school. Just joined this blog roll for some ideas.

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