Home > School and Learning > Homeschooling > Homeschooling Support > Homeschooling a Child with Speech Problems
|

Expert Iconexpert advice MORE

Homeschooling a Child with Speech Problems

Homeschooling Expert Advice from Isabel Shaw

Q: My four-year-old son's speech isn't at the level it should be. Do you know of a homeschool program that will assist me?

A: First, I would do some reading about homeschooling. Linda Dobson has three excellent books to help you get off to a good start. The Homeschooling Book of Answers is my favorite because each question is answered by six or seven different veteran homeschoolers and leaders in the homeschool community. Her latest book, The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start is also filled with helpful information. Lastly, Homeschooling: The Early Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to 8-Year-Old Child provides lots of specific advice about the unique challenges of teaching the very young child at home.

I, too, homeschooled a child with speech difficulties. It was very hard for her to communicate with others, and it was a heartbreaking experience to see kids walk away from her because they couldn't understand what she was trying to say. I'm certain this problem would have been exacerbated in a school environment, where she would have been forced to attempt communication with many people before she was physically able to do so. Today, at eight years old, she is a popular child with no trace of speech difficulties. She is still homeschooled.

I did sample several speech programs, but none of them were particularly helpful. I researched speech irregularities, and discovered that maturity was the biggest factor for attaining clear speech. For instance, the "R" and "S" sounds are sometimes delayed in children, and are often not stabilized until seven or eight years old. By seven years old, most of my daughter's speech problems were beginning to go away, and by eight they disappeared entirely. Good luck!

More on: Expert Advice

Isabel Shaw is a freelance writer and homeschooling mom of 15 years. She and her husband Ray homeschool their two daughters, Jessica and Amanda. Besides being a contributor to FamilyEducation.com, Shaw has written for Home Education Magazine, The Link, Homeschooling Horizons Magazine, The Homeschool Gazette, and other publications.


Please note: This "Expert Advice" area of FamilyEducation.com should be used for general information purposes only. Advice given here is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. Before using this Expert Advice area, please review our General and Medical Disclaimers.

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Join BIC on our mission to save handwriting and Fight For Your Write! Writing helps kids become better readers, boosts their confidence and sparks their creativity. Visit BICFightForYourWrite.com to sign our petition to save handwriting!

7 Tips for Reading Aloud to Babies & Toddlers
The AAP advises reading aloud to babies and toddlers because it boosts brain power and has many other benefits. Get some tips for making the most of story time with your tot!

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

How to Survive Summer Boredom
When the kids are home all day, every day, summer boredom strikes hard and fast. Learn the best summer boredom busters and tips for surviving until September.

12 Birthday Party Favors that Won't Get Thrown Away
The next time you're planning a birthday, forgo the penny candy and cheap toys. Send your guests home with one of these fun and creative party favor ideas!