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Old 04-09-2014, 02:41 PM   #11
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Re: Do you HS a child with 'special needs' ADHD/ADD or the like?

My 9 yo DS has HFA & ADHD. I found that unschooling/child-led worked much better when he was younger. Through therapy, his compliance and tolerance for non-preferred activities have increased, but I still keep things short and sweet. He's super smart and so I take out the busy work and combine where I can (spelling and handwriting, reading and science, etc). He has dysgraphia, so writing is minimal right now and I concentrate on correct letter formation and pencil grip (while working on brain integration strategies). He also has a token system and earns his electronics time based on completion. We did 1 year of PS and it was a hot mess behaviorally and socially, so this is so much better. I also like that I can customize the curriculum to his liking and bring back the joy of learning. He hates workbooks and straight textbook reading. But I have choosen curriculums that are mixed, with hands on, DVDs, computer, and some paper.

There's 5 years between my two, so consolidation is key right now! I save nap time for the subjects he needs quiet and do the other necessities during the day. We do our history at bedtime (I read to him). We have to be flexible and don't get it all done each week, but that's the beauty of homeschooling. We can do it year round and catch up or work ahead another day.


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Old 04-10-2014, 07:35 PM   #12
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With unschooling he would take advantage of it or I wouldn't do it the right way I know and he would get so far behind...he's the type that NEEDS structure...
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