Siblings Of Special Needs Kids

Siblings of Special Needs Kids - with Dr. Jan Bedell, The Brain CoachSpecial needs require special focus. Many parents must focus a great deal on their child with special needs, and rightfully so. Yet, how does the situation of having a special needs sibling affect the other children in the house? All family members of children with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, developmental delays, CAPD, Autism, syndromes, and genetic disorders of all types are affected by these complicated issues. Are there particular ways that parents can help their other children through the ups and downs of daily life with a special needs family member?

In this episode, Dr. Jan brings in a special guest, an adult sibling of an individual with special needs.  You will enjoy this candid discussion of what went right and what could have been better for these siblings, one with moderate/severe special needs and one gifted/typically developing.

Your awareness will be heightened as to what the siblings are going through in such cases and how to open the lines of communication to improve life for all involved.  Be informed of the need for long range planning and options that might be available. Above all, be encouraged by the character development that God produces in the midst of hard things.   Dr. Jan says, “As a parent of an individual with special needs, I wish someone would have had this discussion with me when my children were growing up.”

 

Visit our Sponsor:  Little Giant Steps

 

 

Special Needs? Keep Your Head Above Water! with Heather Laurie

      Mommy Jammies Night with Heather Laurie of Special Needs Homeschooling

Keeping your head above the water when YOU are the one with special needs!

5 Aspects of Life to balance

Years ago I was supermom. Okay so maybe just marginally awesome mom. I was the head of my growing church’s nursery. Went to co-op with my 5 kids who were all dealing with special needs. We were in the van most days of the week zipping here and there doing all sorts of thing… busy things… things that I filled my time with.

We lived an intense life but I never really considered what if… what if I became the one with special needs? I had medical issues but they were stable at the time and part of me just thought I’ll be like this, sick but able bodied.

That is not what happened.

  1. Create a Plan and set of Goals to reach for-

    1. How often do you hear oh we homeschool so you can just take a day off…
      1. 1 day, 2, a week when does it become too much?
    2. Goals help you establish a baseline
      1. Am I pushing too hard?
      2. Are we on track? Even if it doesn’t feel like we are
  2. Structure and Routine

    1. My natural inclination is relaxed homeschooling but my situation requires
    2. We developed a routine for the family because we are a truly a special needs family
      1. If the kids are upset and out of sorts my efforts will be 10x just to get a calm less intense result
  3. Year round Homeschooling

    1. This is not the only way to do it just how we do.
      1. Flexible time
      2. Consistent learning that doesn’t require review in the fall
      3. Anxiety that a normal child can have with mom or dad in and out of the hospital is eased by a constant
  4. Homemaking takes time and spoons!

    1. Menu planning saves $, time, and energy
      1. Brain fog at the end of the day
      2. I need a rest.
  5. Healthy Living

    1. Go to the dr, dentist, therapist, chiropractor
      1. Shows your children to care for and tend to their own bodies
    2. Sleep!
    3. Take your medications if necessary
    4. Rest is good.. I know opposite of how we started but being able to acknowledge that we all need a rest is good. Take an In-service day.

It’s not always easy to get from struggling or just plain not making our goals and feeling depressed about our own performance as mom, wife, and homeschooler to functioning, progressing, calmer person. Like in a real pond there are those stones on the edge that are slime covered and you may fall. Get back up and keep trying.

I wake up each and every day because the Lord has blessed me with the strength to carry on. I acknowledge and welcome that comforting fact.  

 

Visit Heather:

Social Media Links:

 

Special Needs Homeschooling – YES You Can!

Special Needs HomeschoolingSpecial Needs Homeschooling – Yes You Can!

Podcast #13

In this episode,  Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn talks about homeschooling your special needs child.

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida. If you are interested in homeschooling our convention is every year in May during Memorial Day weekend.

Join us this November for 2 Great Events – Special Needs for Struggling and Gifted Learners + College & Career Fair!

special-needs-banners-976x160

Special Needs Homeschooling – Yes, You Can!

FPEA Chairman Suzanne Nunn talks about homeschooling your special needs child.

Working with Professionals as Homeschoolers

Homeschoolers frequently ask me for advice about seek professional help with testing, mental health, or medical services.  In this episode, I share six of my top tips for working with professionals as a homeschooler.

[box] SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or ON STITCHER[/box]

 

how-to-work-with-professionals-pod

 

 

 

Show Notes

Read this podcast as a blog post

Melanie Wilson’s Amazon Author Page

Election Unit Study by Techie Homeschool Mom

HSLDA

Nehemiah 1:11

2 Timothy 2:24

GrammarGalaxyBooks.com

Have a happy homeschool week!

 

HSHSP Ep 24: Homeschooling Teens with Special Needs

Homeschool High School Special Needs Teens Homeschool Highschool PodcastHSHSP Ep 24: Homeschooling Teens with Special Needs

All homeschool highschoolers are different. Some of them are different with the label “special needs”.

Can you homeschool highschool with a teen who has special needs? OF COURSE, you can!

Join Vicki for an interview with Patty Tillman about her son’s special highschool program.

Patty homeschooled her son from the time he was adopted at age 8 to his graduation. He is now a hardworking, responsible, God-loving, good man.

His life preparation and practical academics through highschool helped assured his success today!

She shares tips on how to understand your teen, set goals, develop resources and rejoice in the fact that God has plans for every teen!

Homeschool High School with Special Needs Learners

 

MBFLP 103 – Special Needs Homeschooling – Hope and Help!

 

MBFLP Special Needs HomeschoolingWe think homeschooling is a great choice for nearly everybody, but what about a family with special needs? Should an “uncertified” parent even think about teaching a special child? Or can they not only succeed but excel at home educating a student with health issues, or developmental delays, or academic gifts, or sensory processing challenges? Our special guests are Chris and Heather Laurie of Special Needs Homeschooling – they’re doing just that, and has a message of practical help and God-centered hope for families with special situations!

Homeschooling With Special Needs – HIRL Episode 49

1430115154249Homeschooling your special needs child can be tricky and challenging. It can also be one of the biggest hidden blessings in your family. Are you homeschooling a child who has special needs? Guess what? So are Fletch and Kendra.

Join us on they episode as we get on the phone with Wendy Hilton of Hip Homeschool Moms to discuss the challenging journey and unexpected joys of homeschooling a child with special needs.


Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.

Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
“All Night Long” by Lionel Richie – Purchase Here

HomeschoolingIRL 049 – Homeschooling Special Needs Kid

Join Fletch and Kendra as they sit down with Wendy Hilton from Hip Homeschool Moms for an honest and real discussion about raising kids with special needs.

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.

Useful Links:

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.)

Hide me
Create a legacy this year! --> 7 Audios & 7 Printables
Enter Name: Enter Email:
Show me