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Homeschooling Your Child with Special Needs

Without fail, those who cite concerns about homeschooled children lacking socialization skills know very little about homeschooling. Rather than having experiential knowledge, these critics project a limited idea of what they think homeschooling is about. Homeschool support and resource groups can be found within a reasonable distance of just about every city and most towns. Homeschooled kids get together regularly and enjoy a wide array of activities, from weekly park days to ski trips and campouts. They also participate in Girl/Boy Scouts, 4-H, sports teams, choirs, orchestras, church groups, dance classes, and volunteer activities.

What is missing from the homeschool agenda are encounters with the class bully and being the brunt of hurtful jokes. Also missing is the painful experience of being excluded or shunned by classmates -- an experience common to kids who learn differently. Parents of kids who leave the school system tell me that there is a remarkable change in their children after only a few weeks of homeschooling. Stress and anxiety levels plummet, and kids are often able to eliminate behavior-modifying medication. But the real changes occur after the second year of homeschooling. One mom observed, "My daughter is like a different child."



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