Special needs children can be a challenge for a homeschool group leader. In this episode (14 minutes), Faith Berens, Special Needs Consultant at the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) explains to host Carol Topp how a homeschool co-op can welcome a child with special needs.
In this episode of the HomeschoolCPA podcast, Faith shared:
- All children want to feel welcomed
- Tips for accommodating a child with special needs including using intake forms and having a pre-visit time
- Why asking “How can we support you?” is so helpful to a parent
- A helpful book to read aloud to children, Just the Way I am: God’s Good Design and Disability
- A resource for homeschool leaders Homeschooling Children with Special Needs by Sharon Hensley
- The website Understood.org has helpful videos and a podcast
HSLDA’s list of resources https://hslda.org/content/strugglinglearner/default.asp
Faith Berens can be reached by email at SpecialNeeds@HSLDA.org.
The next episode (#172) Faith will share some more resources and practical tools for homeschool leaders to help families of children with special needs.
In this episode, Carol mentions:
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