Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Getting Started: Timely Advice, Practical Tips and Helpful Resources: Resource List: Homeschool Connections: Special Needs

Resources for talk given on Getting Started with Special Needs at Homeschool Connections on August 7, 2013. I will be updating periodically.

These resources at the beginning of the list apply to all homeschoolers, but the majority of the resources listed would be good for struggling learners, special needs children, or even children with specific needs.

1) Number one resource we all need to accomplish this huge task before us: Grace. Don't homeschool without it! Prayers, sacraments, and sacramentals are all sources of grace.

2) Find out the legal requirements in your state. Homeschooling requirements vary from state to state. Join your state homeschool organization and/or HSLDA.

3)  mater et magistra magazine is a valuable resource to keep you connected with other Catholic homeschoolers.

4) lists many Catholic homeschool support groups and forums. Some are listed on my blog here, although some may not exist anymore. Homeschool Groups and Forums

5) also lists many Catholic homeschool e-mail loops. You can also do a yahoo search or find groups on Facebook.

6) Catholic Heritage Curricula offers "Mom to Mom" Connections

7) has many reviews of resources.

8) Check out resources in your community, extended family, in the school you are enrolled in (If enrolled), at Catholic homeschool conferences, on the internet and more.

9) A few years ago, I did a talk on technology--especially how it assists special needs kids. If you go to the archives under "Technology" and "New Face of Homeschooling" you will find the info--not all links are listed here: Technology as a Tutor, Technology as a Teaching Tool, Technology as a Source of Information,

10) Vision Therapy

11) Also search under "vendors" in the archives.

10) Check out the library: Our library system that is connected with other libraries has 134 books related to dyslexia, 259 books on ADHD, 202 books on bi-polar.

11)  The Temperament God Gave You by Art and Laraine Bennett

12) Handwriting without Tears

13) Joyce Herzog
Scaredy Cat Reading System, Learning in Spite of Labels, Joyce Herzog's Choosing and Using Curriculum--(especially designed for special needs kids), Timeless Teaching Tips

14) Home Schooling Children with Special Needs by Sharon Hensley
 and many more resources at Almaden Valley Christian 
Sharon also offers consulting services. Her catalog is a great place to start!

15) Mastery Publications

16) Explode the Code

17) All About Spelling

18) All About Reading

19) Large graph paper or turn the paper sideways, color coding, base ten blocks, and other inventive ideas

20) Math-u-see:

21) Diet: Food dyes, food additives, food preservatives, food allergies (wheat, peanuts, corn, soy,       dairy).

22) Callirobics

23) Cathy Duffy Reviews Cathy Duffy

24) Homeschool Reviews

25) History Pockets: History Pockets

26) Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic is now Leaning Ally

27) High Noon Books:

28) Baby Sign Language. We used with our speech delayed nephews, but works well with all children.

29) Audio Books--many sources.

30) How to Teach Your Child to Read and Spell Successfully by Sheldon R. Rappaport

31) Memorize poetry!

32) Touch Math

33) Educational Insights Hot Dots

34) Mathafact--great games for reinforcement.

35) Great explanation of dyslexia: What is dyslexia?

36) Early Childhood Learning Palettes: Math and Reading. This was helpful for a friend's child.
 Learning Wrap-ups

37) Audio Memory:

38)  National Challenged Homeschoolers Association Network

39)  Dianne Craft

40)  Lindamood-Bell

41) Brain Balance Centers, Disconnected Kids: Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and other Neurological Disorders by Dr. Robert Melillo,
and Reconnected Kids by Dr. Robert Melillo

42) Brain,
Brain Gym

43) Learning Rx A friend used this program both for her son who was brain injured and her daughter that was easily distracted.

44)  Red Letter Alphabet Book
Blue Number Counting Book

45)  Catholic Icing Great ideas for those of us who are arts and crafts challenged--in my case the mom and not the kids.

46)  How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop: Understanding Learning Disabilities

47) A Mind at a Time by Mel Levine

48) Educators Publishing Service

49) Think Fun

50) For the child who struggles with academics, find something he is good at!

51)  Straight Talk

52)  Mother of Divine Grace School

53) Brainpop

54) Google the disability of your child and apps. or assistive technology and loads of information comes up.

55) There are yahoo groups for just about every type of learning or physical disability

56) Understanding Autism Through Rapid Prompting Method

57)  Driven to Distraction by Dr. Hallowell

58) Growing at Home, Nourishing Your Special Needs Child, The Home School Court Report May/June 2005

59) This cite assists students with studying skills, including those with learning disabilities.  Study Guides and Strategies

60) Catherine Moran.  She has a wealth of experience and knowledge. She has presented on Homeschool Connections and at numerous IHM Conferences. You can find recordings both places. She also has some booklets as pdf files for purchase, especially The Unique Learner--Homeschooling Children with Learning Disabilities and It's All Academic--Homeschooling for Success, as well as others of interest. You can contact her at

61) Smart but Feeling Dumb by Harold N. Levinson, M.D.

62) Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Aspergers, Tourettes, Bipolar and More! The one stop guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals by Martin L. Kutscher, MD

63) Superparenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child by Edward M. Hallowell and Peter S. Jensen

64) The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.

65) Temple Grandin DVD--Based on the true story of a girl with autism who goes on to earn her Masters and PhD

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