Special Needs Homeschooling 101

special needs homeschooling 101

Special Featured Author Dr. Jan Bedell

Do you have a child with special learning needs?  While every child is unique and needs specialized attention, some seem to require more. They struggle to progress through typical milestones and traditional curriculum and approaches don’t help them.   That was my dilemma with my first born, Jenee’.  When she was 5-6 years old, I remember thinking that I could do better than what I was observing in her school classroom but being educated as a public school teacher in the 70’s the public school mindset is all you know. That is until God opened my eyes of understanding for a different way. When Jenee’ was 9, God led me to home school and it changed my life. Homeschooling was the best decision I ever made. If you are concerned that you might not have the skills or training, don’t be.  God will show you the way; he will equip you as he calls you.

No matter where you are in your journey with your special needs child, whether you are just now considering home school for this special person in your life or are a veteran, all need encouragement and equipping past our current knowledge level.  My prayer is that you find that in Podcast #25, “Special Needs Homeschooling 101.” In this episode, I will share more of my journey and how God led me every step of the way.

Fear can be one of the biggest battles for a mom of a special needs child. What does the future hold for this child? What if people make fun of him or misinterpret his action? What will happen when I am not here to help her? Will friends be a part of his life? How do I afford all these therapies that she needs? Remember this: fear is like a magnet that goes into the future and pulls toward you what you do not want. In Job 3:25, Job said, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.” God tells us 365 times in the Bible not to fear.  Having a child that seems to be more vulnerable than most makes these admonishments not to fear easier “read” than “done.” It is important that you push back against these fears as they are counter-productive and often cause the child to experience anxiety as well. What’s a mom to do?  Well, when you are tempted to fear, replace that thought with this one: Faith goes into the future and pulls toward you what you do want.  I often tell the parents of my clients to think of it this way. The God of the Universe that flung the stars into their exact place in the sky has our precious little or big ones right in the palm of his hand.  How much more secure can we be?

Be sure to listen to Brain Coach Tips #25: Special Needs Homeschooling 101 on the Ultimate Home School Radio Network. This podcast, sponsored by Little Giant Steps, contains some specific strategies and curriculum recommendations to make life easier for you and your child.  It airs April 13, 2017 and includes:

  1. How I laughed more and cried more over my special child than anything else in life.
  2. Seeing what God might be doing in you through the experience of having a special needs child
  3. Creating and celebrating every small step along the way.
  4. Keeping yourself encouraged
  5. Equipping yourself for success through The NeuroDevelopmental Approach to Life.

About the author

Dr. Jan Bedell is an author and creates a podcast weekly on the topic of special needs, on Brain Coach Tips, here. She is the creator of a dynamic curriculum for parents of children who learn differently. Her program and seminars have given hope to many. Visit her website at Little Giant Steps.

Special Needs Homeschooling 101

special needs homeschooling 101Do you have a child with special learning needs?  While every child is unique and needs specialized attention, some seem to require more. They struggle to progress through typical milestones and traditional curriculum and approaches don’t seem to help them much.  They have learning, behavioral or emotional struggles or have received labels like Sensory Integration Disorder, autism, dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, bi-polar disorder, Down Syndrome and a myriad of other syndromes. Included in this mix are acronyms like PDD, OCD, CAPD, ODD. Oh my, what is a parent to do?

In this podcast, you will learn of my dilemma of how to help our oldest daughter, Jenee’ who was born with special needs.  God’s providence brought me to The NeuroDevelopmental Approach and changed both of our lives.  Unaware that homeschooling even existed, a move to Dallas, TX and attending a new church brought that possibility to my family in 1986 when homeschooling was still illegal in many parts of the US.

No matter where you are in your journey with your special needs child, whether you are just now considering home school for this special person in your life or are a veteran, all need encouragement and equipping past the current knowledge level.  Be assured that God will show you the way; he will equip you as he calls you.

Fear can be one of the biggest battles for a mom of a special needs child. What does the future hold for this child? What if people make fun of him or misinterpret his action? What will happen when I am not here to help her? Will friends be a part of his life? How do I afford all these therapies that she needs? As you listen this week, I hope to encourage you as well as give you ways to cast that fear aside.

This podcast, sponsored by Little Giant Steps, contains some specific strategies and curriculum recommendations to make life easier for you and your child.  I will share my story of how I laughed more and cried more over my special child than anything else in life, plus how to:

  1. See what God might be doing in you through the experience of having a special needs child
  2. Create and celebrate every small step along the way
  3. Keep yourself encouraged
  4. Equip yourself for success through The NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life

Don’t miss the handout attached here with links to pertinent information and discounts.

Visit our sponsor –LittleGiantSteps.com

 

 

The Informer Podcast with Carol Barnier

Informer Podcast Barnier2On today’s show, join our host Tara Bentley as she talks with Carol Barnier. Barnier is the author of many home education books such as Engaging Today’s Prodigal, The Big WHAT NOW Book of Learning Styles, and she is the brains behind the popular website for families with special learners, SizzleBop.com. Carol is also a featured speaker for the 2015 IAHE Home Educators’ Convention.

This fun, fast paced podcast covers topics such as teaching your ADHD child, encouragement on starting your homeschool, Barnier’s personal testimony, and rabbit trail learning.

Do you need ideas and encouragement for starting your ownhomeschool? Do you want to find ways to make history and learning fun for you and your child? Are you a terrible house keeper? This is the show for you.

Be sure to stay tuned till the end of the podcast!

Carol is giving away two FREE copies of her book The Big What Now Book of Learning Styles: A Fresh and Demystifying Approach.

Breakthroughs in Learning

Breakthroughs in Learning  –BreakThroughsINLearning_SpotLight

In this episode Felice Gerwitz interviews Pauline Turton, the Founder and Owner of Breakthroughs in Learning. She will share how she began the company as well as the benefits of this amazing program. Pauline and her family live in Canada.

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Breakthroughs in Learning 

Featured sponsor is Breakthroughs in learning and a special program they’ve launched called – “The Spacewalk”–which is a neuro-developmental activity that involves a series of movements in a clearly laid out pattern. The child is required to hop, jump and skip— and througAbout Pauline:h many years of success with this method – Breakthroughs in Learning has found it improves the areas the brain responsible for memory, focus, attention and coordination, among many other skills. This is an effective tool to help start a busy day of learning, and is also a wonderful activity to enjoy as a family.

The Spacewalk

The Spacewalk actually targets and develops specific areas of the brain to prepare the brain for learning – it’s available via DVD for homeschool families – and it allows the parent easy access to this proven method – for more information visit http://www.getyourbreakthrough.com/spacewalk

About Pauline:

Pauline Turton is the Founder & Director of Breakthroughs In Learning. Her teaching experience and work in psychiatry prompted her to research the brain’s restorative capabilities. Pauline is the mother of two sons who have overcome significant learning challenges. After years of research, she built Breakthroughs in Learning to provide hope and help through educational therapy. (Pauline homeschooled her sons up until high school.)

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