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What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ?

Anya is 4 and is to smart for her own good and Trinity is 2 and has SPD and a speech and language delay. I have a son, Vincent, who is joining us on Oct 20

How long have you been homeschooling?

I guess I haven't started officially but we have been schooling sense birth

Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling?

I planned on homeschooling before my children were born, before I met my husband actually.

Do you use outside services? private? public school?

I am using Early Steps and she will be transfered into the school system when she turns 3.

How does this forum provide support for you?

I'm new in this part of the forum.

Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs?

No

Why did you choose Sonlight?

Books!!:cooldude:

Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc?

I haven't gotten to the point where I need to yet. Trin listens to P3/4 before bed.

What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?

I don't have any yet.

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PeeDee Mama

  1. What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? I have 5 - Ds is 9, twin dd's who are 6, dd 4, and dd almost 2. The twins were born 8 weeks premature. B was 3 lbs and oxygen-deprived at birth. She's been diagnosed with dyspraxia, and although not formally diagnosed, she probably has adhd.

  2. How long have you been homeschooling? This is year 7.
  3. Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? We were already homeschooling when B was born, but every day it's made me thankful that I've made this choice because I couldn't imagine putting her in school.

  4. Do you use outside services? private? public school? When B was 2 and 3, she had speech services through the hospital therapy office.

  5. How does this forum provide support for you? Today is the 1st time I've really come to the special needs forum. It's been a REALLY long week where B's inability to focus or think before she acts has worn me out. (Of course, my other "normal" children have been just as trying this week.)

  6. Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? no

  7. Why did you choose Sonlight? I didn't want to do a traditional textbook schooling with my children.

  8. Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? I've only gone through core K with B. We're going to try Core 1 next year. (I'm doing core 3 with ds9.
  9. What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?

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jbeyst

What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ?

DD #1 will be 16 soon. She has auditory processing problems (auditory dyslexia) and dyscalculia. DS is 13 and has visual dyslexia. DD #2 is 10 and has both manifestations of dyslexia and some attention issues.

How long have you been homeschooling? 10 yrs

Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling?We homeschool for many reasons including being able to help them through their difficulties with learning (found out about the difficulties while homeschooling)

Do you use outside services? private? public school? No outside services at this time - did OG tutoring for many years

How does this forum provide support for you?I like reading the responses and praying for folks who are having a rough time.

Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs?

no

Why did you choose Sonlight?I love the literature approach - don't like lots of workbooks and tests....

Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc?Yep - I read lots of things out loud to facilitate discussion.

What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?

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anieema

  1. What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? I am homeschooling my 10 year old ds.

  2. How long have you been homeschooling? This is our third year.

  3. Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? I knew he had autism before we started homeschooling.

  4. Do you use outside services? private? public school? No special services at the present time, although we might be starting private PT/OT soon.
  5. How does this forum provide support for you? I'm new here, but it's nice to know I'm not the only Sonlighter with a child with special needs.
  6. Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? Yes.
  7. Why did you choose Sonlight? I like the literary approach to learning.
  8. Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? Not yet.
  9. What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? We really haven't used anything special.

Nan

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paratroopwife

Wanted to update as we received more definitive diagnoses for Luke (8 yo ds). He doesn't have CAPD, but a significant speech delay. When he had his 6 mo testing a couple of months ago, he had made good strides and no longer qualified for services, though he's still behind in a few areas. We had a complete psych workup that ruled out Aspergers and ADHD, but revealed that he has anxiety disorder; some of it was mimicking the lack of focus and trouble organizing. His school situation for 1st grade was exacerbating it because he had a young teacher who, while sweet, was struggling with a ton of behavior issues in the classroom and dealt with it by screaming. Yikes! His psychologist told me he needed such and such kind of teacher or to hs him. He did end up with a wonderful teacher for 2nd grade, but we're already planning to bring him home for 3rd grade next year.

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TechWife
There are so many new people around here lately & I'm getting everyone confused. I'd love to find out a little more about everyone in hopes of remembering better what's up with different people! So, I have some questions...

  1. What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ?

  1. I have a 12 yo son w/ dyspraxia, dysgraphia. SID and ADHD. In addition he falls into the "highly gifted" category.

  2. How long have you been homeschooling? This is our 5th year homeschooling.

Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling?
We found out about his needs while he was in a private school. We choose to homeschool when we realized that Christian schools in our area are not equipped to think outside of their little boxes nor do they desire to become so in order to take care of "the least of these."

Do you use outside services? private? public school?
Not right now. In the past we have had private OT. First for two years, then a break, then another year. We stopped at the end of last school year. We do have a very helpful pediatrician.

How does this forum provide support for you?
I mostly read here. I do glean some great ideas from parents and hope to continue to do so, especially as we are getting ready to move into the teen years.

Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs?
No.

Why did you choose Sonlight?
I initially chose Sonlight because of the use of literature throughout the curriculum, however, we are not currently using Sonlight at this time.

Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc?
Yes, I had to add some hands-on activities and projects to keep him engaged. I had to add more reading. No memorization assignments due to the ADHD. This year we are trying a different history/LA combo that integrates more projects, writing and organizational skills across the board to help him make connections and learn to organize what he is reading

What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?
IEW was a fantastic program to use w/my dysgraphic and dyspraxic son. The way Mr. Pudewa breaks the process down into bite sized chunks was the best thing for my son - and that he encouraged using the computer if hand writing was difficult was a plus as well! For keyboarding, he used Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing for a couple of years, which was a good, straightforward program w/out distracting visual aids. Swimming is also helpful heavy work when we can get it in - but right now the ADHD is posing a major problem for schedule variances.

These are some great quesitons - thanks for starting this!

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Dcubed
There are so many new people around here lately & I'm getting everyone confused. I'd love to find out a little more about everyone in hopes of remembering better what's up with different people! So, I have some questions...

  1. What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? 10yo - no sn but possible gifted, 9yo OCD-Hoarding (yes, like the TV show:cool:)
  2. How long have you been homeschooling? This is our 3rd year
  3. Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? Started hsing before, but knew there was something off...
  4. Do you use outside services? private? public school? Private therapy
  5. How does this forum provide support for you? Not sure yet
  6. Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? Local support group has a subsection for sn
  7. Why did you choose Sonlight? 27 reasons not to, but mostly the great books:Big Grin:
  8. Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? My 9yo can't read anything with babies or animals dying and sometimes other highly emotional books
  9. What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? ?, I'm not sure

Looking forward to getting to know you better!

Karen

:P

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Sillymama_of_2
There are so many new people around here lately & I'm getting everyone confused. I'd love to find out a little more about everyone in hopes of remembering better what's up with different people! So, I have some questions...

  1. What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? I have two girls. DD nearly 9 years old and DD 6yrs. Both have a rare genetic syndrome. Older daughter also has ADHD. Youngest DD had heart surgery at 9 months of age.
  2. How long have you been homeschooling? This is our second year
  3. Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? We have known about them for many years. Went through Early Intervention and many specialists.
  4. Do you use outside services? private? public school?At one time DD#1 went to private speech due to hearing loss. She attended private school for 2yrs (Kindergarten and 1st). DD#2 went through Early Intervention and then the transition program at local school. She progessed out of it only needing a IEP for health issues. She had PT,OT,Speech and feeding therapy until she was 3...so we have been without these for 3yrs now.
  5. How does this forum provide support for you? I am newer around here but am loving the resource, support and ideas here
  6. Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? At one time we did, but no longer
  7. Why did you choose Sonlight? I tried all Bob Jones last year and it worked ok for the girls but I was exhausted at the end of the day from teaching two full curriculums. Sonlight was suggested because of DD#1's love of books and the ability to teach together more. Now we LOVE it.
  8. Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? Occassionally but not often
  9. What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? I need time to think on this.

Looking forward to getting to know you better!

Karen

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marshianchronicles

What are the ages of your dc & what are their special needs ?

ds11 - almost 12 (domestic adoption, CAPD, bipolar), ds3 (Ethiopia)

How long have you been homeschooling?

since PK (2001)

Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling?

I had always planned to homeschool, and after dealing with auditory processing in 2006 and now adding bipolar (diagnosis 1/2010) to the mix, it was obviously a God thing

Do you use outside services? private? public school?

speech therapy and counseling for the CAP, just starting BPD meds and therapy

How does this forum provide support for you?

I've learned a lot from lurking since it became apparent that we were dealing with a more serious problem than we even anticipated... and hope to be more active in getting support from the more knowledgeable and experienced parents represented here.

Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs?

not yet

Why did you choose Sonlight?

We have only used Sonlight (see my badge) :) and we love it!

Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc?

still working on that one - it's a daily adjustment

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CarrieZ

Hi. I'm Carrie. I'm excited that after five years of wanting to HS our chldren, we finally have the opportunity to do it!

1. What are the ages of your dc & what are their special needs? Dd 10 (bio.) has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Type I; dd 6 (adopted, Korea); dd 5 (adopted, Korea) fetal alcohol exposure; dd 3 (adopted, Korea) has spastic cerebral palsy with a quadriplegic pattern, GMFCS Level 3.

2. How long have you been homeschooling? We HS dd 10 as a preschooler. This will be our first year schooling them all at home.

3. Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? We knew about their SNs before starting to HS.

4. Do you use outside services? private? public school? Our only child currently using services is dd 3. We do physical and speech therapy at a private clinic. We have also used birth-three services from the district. We planned to try a district special ed. preschool class, but just learned the class we wanted has been moved to her nap time so will be keeping her home.

5. How does this forum provide support for you? It has been very encouraging to watch other moms cope, by God’s grace, with the challenges he has ordained.

6. Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? Yes: an Internet-based group for parents of SN kids adopted from Korea.

7. Why did you choose Sonlight? I am an independent historian and love literature.

8. Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? Have not adapted yet.

9. What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? I’m looking forward to using a new home-based speech therapy program integrated into a HS preschool program called Small Talk with dd 3: http://web.me.com/boompa/Homeschool_small_talk/Welcome.html

Carrie

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Reelmom

I've posted on this forum several times. Sometimes lurk and then when I post it is usually because I'm b/w a rock and a hard place. I think a lot of my posts are more venting (euphemism for complaining? Probably.) Guess I should introduce myself (better late than never) but most of my info is in my recent posts anyway.

What are the ages of your dc & what are their special needs ?

DD 18 extremely gifted, plays piano, at college studying anthropology and cross-cultural missions; DD15 social butterfly, honor student but not necessarily GT, plays piano, oboe, & flute, wants to be a nurse-midwife, wife/mom ; DS 13 extremely gifted, plays piano, trombone & tuba, wants to be a musician, missionary and do research on endangered species if he can figure out how to combine those and finally DS 9 who wants to be a fireman, superhero, olympic gymnast and has CAPD and Sensory Seeking SPD as well as extremely poor vision in L eye/corrected with contacts and vision therapy.

How long have you been homeschooling? 8 yrs

Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? First considered hsing b/c of eldest daughter being so GT and bored to tears with school. Slowly morphed into calling from God to help our dc be set apart and now has come back full-circle to youngest who probably wouldn't survive in ps. Discovered most of his issues through hs conferences and other hs parents.

Do you use outside services? private? public school? Early intervention ST recommended private pre-K. Did that for 2 years then brought him home. Have done vision therapy, OT, CAPD dx from private audiologist,Neuropsych eval from regional university, now continuing ST with private SLP, and considering Lindamood-Bell, Fast ForWord or some of the other private tutorial type services recommended on here.

How does this forum provide support for you? Always helps me realize someone has it worse. Great BTDT support/encouragement and great ideas.

Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? No, live in a rural setting

Why did you choose Sonlight? Love to read, love history, needed something with all the leg work already done since I had 4 with vastly different needs and ages. Most importantly loved the Christian/Missions emphasis and the deep notes/questions.

Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? Middle dc were too competitive and could not school together so for a couple of years I found myself doing 4 cores. Had to really strip it down to bare minimums then. Had to go back a couple of levels for youngest and now really just use SL LA with him and sub in some SL RAs as able.

What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? Currently Scrabble Slam, Diamond Notes, MUS online resources, Samonas Listening Therapy and audiobooks anywhere I can get them.

This forum has helped me so much when I felt like I couldn't hang on any longer. I love Charlotte's quote about wishing it could be a sprint but will be glad when I have run the marathon. Someone else said that they worked very hard to find their dc sanctifying instead of frustrating. That is my new motto!:P Although if you asked my husband/children they would probably say that I am helping to sanctify them too;)

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happyfamily

  1. What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? DD 6, DS almost 5 (VA - Verbal Apraxia), DD 3 and DS 2
  2. How long have you been homeschooling? This is our 3rd year.
  3. Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? We started homeschooling our oldest DD before we found out about our DS's VA.
  4. Do you use outside services? private? public school? Private ST.
  5. How does this forum provide support for you? Mostly an infrequent 'lurker,' but now that DS is school age, I'm sure I'll be around a bit more...
  6. Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? A couple of online groups for Apraxia homeschoolers.
  7. Why did you choose Sonlight? Before our oldest was 2, a lady at church talked about using it, so I looked into it...was hooked immediately!
  8. Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? I'm currently trying to figure that out...and am open to any suggestions! :)
  9. What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? Dr. Seuss books...the repitition, rhyming and easy vocabulary have really been helping him...

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urban mama

I never really introduced myself. I've just been a lurker and beneficiary of your collective wisdom. Now I poke my head in every once in awhile with an uneducated opinion. So I guess I better introduce myself:p

What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? ds-9 gifted, dd-7 no formal diagnosis but most likely some type of dyslexia and/or processing disorder, maybe ADD, ds-6 no formal diagnosis, maybe a type of ADHD and/or ODD

How long have you been homeschooling? 6 years

Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling?we homeschooled because of the state of our local schools and subsequently found out about our dc's needs

Do you use outside services? private? public school? this semester we have been utilized charter school for our oldest to give me more time with the other two

How does this forum provide support for you?it is so helpful to see how others handle issues, to get book and website recommendations and just hear from other moms

Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs?no

Why did you choose Sonlight?I love the literature approach but I think we may need to switch to something with less transitions

Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc?Yes, but right now I only know the adaptations that don't work, still trying to find something that does work

What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?This forum! the books Transforming the Difficult Child and Raising your Spirited Child

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Carol at home

Here are my answers:

What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs? DS#1 is almost 13 with no special needs (He was homeschooled unti this year when he entered Christian school. We are moving to Kentucky soon, so I will HS for 8th grade, and then he will return to Christian school for high school.) DS#2 will be 4 in December and has Down Syndrome.

  1. How long have you been homeschooling? Since birth!
  2. Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? I will HS DS#2 especially because of his special needs ~ I don't want anyone messing with my boy!
  3. Do you use outside services? private? public school? In our state the early intervention program is run by the public schools. We will not allow our child to be in their "system." DS#2 attends occupational and speech therapy through the local children's hospital that our insurance covers.
  4. How does this forum provide support for you? I've been around the forums for years, and y'all are a great sounding board.
  5. Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? No.
  6. Why did you choose Sonlight? It was the first real HS curriculum that I ever heard about before HSing DS#1. He loved the books! While DS#2 will need to have things adapted to his situation, I think Sonlight is set up so parents CAN adapt.
  7. Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? Not even attempting to do Sonlight with DS#2 ~ he's too delayed right now.
  8. What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? Can't even think of any right now ~ but I know I used a lot with DS#1!

I'll have to go back and read through everyone's responses. We're on the journey together, y'all ~ we are not alone as long as we continue to look to the Lord for guidance!

Blessings,

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persuaded
There are so many new people around here lately & I'm getting everyone confused. I'd love to find out a little more about everyone in hopes of remembering better what's up with different people! So, I have some questions...

  1. What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? I have 5 children: Louisa 24yo (Asperger's, ADHD) Jake 21yo (Down syndrome, "Autistic-like" behavior) Amelia 19yo (just a reg'lur kid) Millen 17yo (Down syndrome and extreme adorable-ness) Noah 11yo (until recently I would have said no special needs, however I am suspecting some challenges- possibly an auditory processing issue)
  2. How long have you been homeschooling? 10 years
  3. Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? Hmm... both, I guess.
  4. Do you use outside services? private? public school? My 21yo son has attended a private school for all of his education, but other than that no outside services.
  5. How does this forum provide support for you? Well, I'm new!
  6. Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? No
  7. Why did you choose Sonlight? Love the idea of literature based education. My older children loved reading so it was a perfect fit for us.
  8. Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? Yes... for my daughter with DS.
  9. What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? My Bible!

Looking forward to getting to know you better!

Karen

Now I want to go and read some of all y'all's answers so I can get to know you!

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trimmingthesails

I just started with Sonlight and am very excited and hope that my son will learn through homeschooling.

He is 5 yrs. old & has PDD-NOS with dyspraxia of speech. We have used the school system in the past but I finally decided to go solo. I purchased the 4/5 package b/c I thought it would be a good "no pressure" start for him the first year. We are still seeing a private speech therapist 2x/week. I have some of the books from the 3/4 package that I ordered last year and he still likes to read some of those-maybe for the pictures? He has come a long way since his initial diagnosis at 2.5 yrs. old. We also had him dx with dsypraxia at 3.5 yrs. and he went from severe to mild in one year so that was a blessing. His biggest struggle is socially being appropriate which as many of you know is very difficult to teach. We have a state program that he can get therapy from but to be honest it seems more trouble than the benefits we receive from it. We've tried 3 different times to do a home therapy program and it just doesn't work out. I am considering buying Rosetta Stone-am. english as second lang. to help with learning proper sentence structure. Anyway, I am very happy to be here and hope to help in any way!

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There are so many new people around here lately & I'm getting everyone confused. I'd love to find out a little more about everyone in hopes of remembering better what's up with different people! So, I have some questions...

  1. What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ?
    dd13 asperger's; dd8 dysgraphia; dd4 nothing surfacing yet
  2. How long have you been homeschooling?
    7 years
  3. Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling?
    Both, I guess. We only recently discovered dd13's issues recently and dd8's issues surfaced last year, but we pulled dd13 out of public school after kindergarten because of issues that (surprise!) are symptoms of asperger's
  4. Do you use outside services? private? public school?
    no
  5. How does this forum provide support for you?
    I've been learning from the wisdom of those who have trod before me.
  6. Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs?
    no
  7. Why did you choose Sonlight?
    It does the same thing I was trying to do on my own, only better.
  8. Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc?
    I don't consider any adaptations that I've made to be very significant.
  9. What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?
    For dd8: All About Spelling and Handwriting Without Tears

Looking forward to getting to know you better!

Karen

I'm looking forward to learning with you!

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nancybelle

Hi everybody . We're new to homeschooling & Sonlight.

1. Our boys are 8yrs. old -PDD-NOS, sensory(SPD?), fine motor ,speech & 4 yr.old (5 in Oct) -speech, sensory,ezcema

2. This is our 1st year of homeschooling .

3. Homeschooling because oftheir needs.

4.Both boys had in the past used ps for speech. Our oldest son had early intervention, speech,occupational therphay in public school. No services now,looking for free/low income services for them .

5.I'm new and need support.

6. I don't belong to one currently.

7.literature approach, love to read

8.yes, I have to break the reading sections up. Copywork will have to shorter or not use at all.

9.resources hmmm will have to think on that one

nancybelle mom to 2 wonderful little boys & husband too

DS 8 -bakagun,pokemon,dinosaurs, Core 1-Inter. 2 readers & language arts, Science 1 MUS alpha,HWT gr.1

DS 4-preschool workbooks

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The_Source

What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ?

I have four children (as per my sig). DS2 has some serious problem that we are yet to diagnose or have the cause of. He broke his arm in January and did not feel the pain of the break. In retrospect, we should have picked up the fact that he did not feel pain but we never had a major incident to realise this.

It could be anything from a tumour on the nerves or in the brain, to HSAN V, to MS but we have to wait to see the neurologist before they will look more closely at it. (The only way to get in sooner would be to have him do himself another major trauma that required hospitalisation).

As a result of all this he is a 'sensory seeker' when it comes to hot/cold and skin touch sensation and we need to just ensure that need is met.

How long have you been homeschooling?

Since, well, as long as my children have been alive really but DS1 completed Kindergarten in 2008 and we were at home from then.

Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling?

Found out whilst home schooling DS1 and DS2 was still in Kindergarten.

Do you use outside services? private? public school?

We see an OT and Psychologist.

How does this forum provide support for you?

I don't know yet but hope that I can just rest in the company of others, especially when we have a bad patch.

Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs?

Not yet, because we don't know what it is!

Why did you choose Sonlight? Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc?

Because that is what we were using for DS1 but we have modified it to add more tactile to support his need to fidget and touch.

What are your favourite resources that you've used with your dc?

Saxon Math, MUS, AR4H, books and lots of them!

In love,

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scrapbookbuzz

  1. What are the ages of your dc & what are their special needs ?

Hello, all! I have two children. DD12 was recently confirmed for Asperger's. DS6 was recently confirmed as gifted!

  1. How long have you been homeschooling?

Since they were born, with short spurts in charter and public schools. ;)

  1. Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling?

We've always known they're special. Just didn't know how much! Learned to adapt to each kiddo's uniqueness, even before their assessments.

  1. Do you use outside services? private? public school?

Both are in public school right now but that will be changing soon as God has really put the desire in our hearts to homeschool!

  1. How does this forum provide support for you?

We'll find out. I've been gone awhile!

  1. Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs?

FB has an Asperger's Awareness page and I have a blog about our journey. Other than that, not yet!

  1. Why did you choose Sonlight?

Initially because I was tired of piecing all the schooling together myself and I wanted someone else to do the lesson plans. Returned because I like the set up, I like the books, and it's Christ-centered.

  1. Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc?

Sometimes, and that's okay!

  1. What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?

AWANA. :Big Grin: Plus, even though the kids are in ps right now, I still have them continue with their Sonlight Readers and Read Alouds. DD is now into The Bronze Bow and DS6 just start Mrs. Piggle Wiggle.

(Tried to answer under each numbered question and it kept making my questions all have the number 1 in front of them. Not quite sure how to get around that!)

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Kayleen

Hi, I am new to the forums and to SL this year. I have 3 children with challenges that we adopted from the foster system.

  1. What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? DD 7, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, DD-6 Autism Spectrum--multiple health issues, DD-6, Meth positive, impulse control issues and memory issues
  2. How long have you been homeschooling? 10 years (graduated 2 much older children)
  3. Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? started homeschooling a ds with dyslexia long before God gave us these 3.
  4. Do you use outside services? private? public school? Not now that the adoptions are final
  5. How does this forum provide support for you? new, but looking forward to the support
  6. Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? NATTHAN/CHASK, but nothing local
  7. Why did you choose Sonlight? The ability to work on a common topic at the different levels
  8. Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? I am using a different phonics program
  9. What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? AVKO & Dianne Craft

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colsmom

my homeschooled child is 9 and he has a sensory issue along with other things just not fully aware of it all yet.

I have been homeschooling for 8 yrs.

Yes, I still homeschool my son because of his needs.

I use resources through our medical ins.

no support right now

I love sonlight, took me a long time to get it because of the cost but I would never use anything else now!!!

I have to adapt Sonlight by not having my child do as much writing, hardly any since he has a hard time wiht hand strength, but due to the enormous amount of reading this is the best program for my son and he LOVES history and for me to read to him. He is definately an auditory learner.

thnx

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Rabby

Karen,

Can you tell me what "DCMP" stands for? I have a daughter who is visually challenged also. She will finish up chemo for a brain tumor on her optic nerve. Should know in the next year whether her vision will improve or not. Legally blind in the right eye now but that could change. Just started homeschooling her because of the challenges of chemo. Any suggestions would be helpful. thanks! Karen

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midnightbrew

I am brand new to this forum. I also think I may be the first to post on here with children who have cerebral palsy?!

What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? I have 5 children. Ages 16, 8, 6, 6, & 6 (yes, a triple blessing!). My oldest has PDD/NOS & ADHD (also my one and only adopted, at age 4 through the state of OR). My 8 yr old is typical & 1 of our triplets are "typical". 2 of my triplets have CP & both use wheelchairs and other disability equipment. They are my joy and daily inspiration from God! :)

How long have you been homeschooling? 12 years

Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? We knew we wanted to homeschool any and all children God blessed us with. Of course, having so many w/special needs only served to make us even more passionate about our desire to homeschool!

Do you use outside services? private? public school? Yes, we receive private PT & OT for our 2 triplets and feeding/speech therapy for 1 of them (my daughter, Mariah). No services through school district - because we know they'd be lousy compared to what we can get privately... BTDT :)

How does this forum provide support for you? Just reading all of your personal stories and ideas is such a wonderful blessing! I feel much more confident when reading about other families homeschooling their SN's children.

Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? NATTHAN/CHASK & have several close friends in nearby towns who also homeschool their SN's kiddos.

Why did you choose Sonlight? It offers everything I love about the Charlotte Mason approach/method & yet puts it all in a nice well laid-out program for me, allowing me much more free time and less stress overall!

Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? Not yet! I'm actually finding it works great for all 4 of my youngest at the same time. We are doing core 1 and taking it nice and slow. We also enjoy notebooking, copywork, & educational apps on the iPad.

What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? I saw someone else mention the same above... and I agree. Definitely the Bible for us, as well! :)

Thanks so much for letting me share. I look forward to getting to know everyone better over the coming months ahead!

~Melanie

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homemommel

  1. What are the ages of your dc & what are their special needs ? 9 year old DD, 5 year old DD (Asperger's, learning disability, SID, APD, apraxia - speech, speech delay) , 3 year old DS
  2. How long have you been homeschooling? since our oldest daughter was born... we started picture and word flashcards at birth with her
  3. Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? We chose to homeschool before we had children.
  4. Do you use outside services? private? public school? We get speech through a walk-in service at school. We pay for occupational therapy, a neuropsychologist, a psychologist, behavior therapy, and an unrecognized autism clinic.
  5. How does this forum provide support for you? Just joined...
  6. Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? No, only our close friends are aware.
  7. Why did you choose Sonlight? Our oldest loved Usborne books so we chose based on that and the great literature.
  8. Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? Yes, we did last year. Before that we did everything we were scheduled to do, except the time book. My daughter didn't enjoy doing it.
  9. What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? Therapeutic listening.

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MrsJMH

Good idea Ora Pura! I am Janet and have a ds 8 and 6 adult children and 8 grandchildren. This is my first try at hs and we just started in March after pulling ds 8 out of 2nd grade at ps. He is being worked up for ADHD.

His struggles is ps this year had "I hate school" caused a pull out mid-year, instead of preparing for hs in the fall.

I just joined a support group but have had not gotten involved yet. We will start a once a month co-op this coming year. No services from any source, but I have a few hs friends who give me support and input.

We live in a rural area, about 40 min or so to town....so getting out takes a bit of effort on my part.

We are doing a bit of Sonlight Science over the summer and he loves the World of Animals. Experiement part is fun but writing in a science journal puts him "over the top". I was interested in SL because it seemed to integrate a lot of learning from a single subject. ETC and some other attempts at creative learning are being used. Cool-Math-for kids has been a fun, free on-line suppliment. Math-U-See is working.

This forum has been helpful, to get my feet wet and read about you all!

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BlueRidgeMtns

There are so many new people around here lately & I'm getting everyone confused. I'd love to find out a little more about everyone in hopes of remembering better what's up with different people! So, I have some questions...

  • What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? 11 and 7; Aspergers and Dyslexia (possibly NonVerbal Learning Disability)
  • How long have you been homeschooling? Four years
  • Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? We found out because we homeschool - ds was in public school K-2
  • Do you use outside services? private? public school? Yes, UNF, private services and some from the public school system
  • How does this forum provide support for you? questions answered, a sense of community, homeschooling support, prayer support, being about to speak to someone who has been in my place before and can mentor or offer advice.
  • Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? I'm in a basic homeschool support group - not many people know of my children's struggles.
  • Why did you choose Sonlight? A good friend had spent years researching homeschooling, and just before she began her first year, God led me to start homeschooling, and she told me Sonlight was absolutely the best thing out there according to many long time homeschoolers in our church and her research confirmed it. I've never looked back - I love books and love to read, and the literature approach to learning is amazing. The stories really stick. I love Sonlight!
  • Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? Sometimes the readers are a little hard for my ds if the print gets small - I alter the reading schedule and stretch it out. I use different readers for my dd who struggles with dyslexia.
  • What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? MathUSee, Handwriting Without Tears, All About Spelling, WhiteBoard with colored markers for spelling and math, the Book of Time, and the Markable Map.

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hsmomof3

There are so many new people around here lately & I'm getting everyone confused. I'd love to find out a little more about everyone in hopes of remembering better what's up with different people! So, I have some questions...

  • What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? dd13 and ds11(typical learners) and ds8 (ADHD and mild-mod mental retardation)
  • How long have you been homeschooling? 8 years
  • Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? While homeschooling- we new something was off with ds8 when he was 2 but tried to tell ourselves he was number 3 and a late bloomer.
  • Do you use outside services? private? public school? public school --services acorss the board
  • How does this forum provide support for you? This is my first visit to this board.
  • Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? No
  • Why did you choose Sonlight? I mainly use SL with my older children because I LOVE reading to them and they understand so much more than reading to them selves and ds tags along. I would love to incorporate SL with ds 8 just have not figured it out yet.
  • Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? We are in week 2 so????
  • What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? Still trying to find them.

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NCBlueberry

There are so many new people around here lately & I'm getting everyone confused. I'd love to find out a little more about everyone in hopes of remembering better what's up with different people! So, I have some questions...

  1. What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? DS 8, Sensory processing disorder and some fine motor delays, DD 2 has a chromosomal deletion called Williams Syndrome, she is developmentally delayed in all areas and has physical medical issues as well
  2. How long have you been homeschooling? this is our 2nd year
  3. Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? we decided to homeschool independent of our daughters diagnosis
  4. Do you use outside services? private? public school? private services, we've been blessed that with her diagnosis our state mandates our private insurance to cover her therapy services
  5. How does this forum provide support for you? it really helps me to know that I'm not alone in this
  6. Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? There is a Williams Syndrome support group on facebook I belong to
  7. Why did you choose Sonlight? for the books. :-) We love reading and I wanted something with as little mandatory handwriting as possible for ds8 until he could write legibly
  8. Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? My dd is not ready for Sonlight yet, the adapting I do for ds is in regards to easing up the handwriting
  9. What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? hmmm, I'm not really sure about this one since I'm not really doing much schooling with my special needs child right now. I'm sure with her musical affinity though, we'll use anything and everything musical we can as that seems to be a sort of 'key' to helping her learn things.

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jahkamakura

  • What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? Aston (15) has an expressive language disorder making it very hard for him to write and explain himself clearly. He also struggles with understanding complex sentence structure and sequencing. Olivia (14) is dyslexic, though mildly.
  • How long have you been homeschooling? I homeschooled Aston and Olivia for grades 4 and 5 and Connor for grade 5. He doesn't have any special needs.
  • Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? We did partly and partly because they attended Japanese school and we wanted them to be accepted to international school so they needed an English boost.
  • Do you use outside services? private? public school? Because we live in Japan there are very few outside resources. Aston had speech and OT for a few years and I've done the rest.
  • How does this forum provide support for you? This is a great place for idea because many of the moms do a lot of the therapies on their own. I was able to get some helpful ideas and hear about other types of resources that could be used by parents.
  • Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? No
  • Why did you choose Sonlight? I originally chose it for a library because we live overseas, but it turned out to be the perfect program for my book-loving, bilingual children who did read well on their own or learn any history in school.
  • Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? We moved at a much slower pace because often we were using it after a day of Japanese school. I also cut out many readers when the kids were struggling with reading English. The LA has been the best for my children because it is so gradual.
  • What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? Specific to their special needs we have used Sound Foundations books for dyslexia, many speech books from Linguisystems, vision therapy, and a bunch of OT and sensory products from some site I can't remember right now.

I think it's great this forum is here to share resources with people who are using some of the same curriculum. My kids are all in school now, but I still do pop in now and then to see if there is anything new. Ds is in high school now so his needs are a bit different. Any great sites for teens with special needs?

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Cathy_Ohio

What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? Marcus (4) and Sophie (3) --Marcus has been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder

  • How long have you been homeschooling? Since birth :)
  • Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? because of.
  • Do you use outside services? private? public school? private
  • How does this forum provide support for you? It is really the only source of support I have to talk to other parents with sensory issues. So I use it as a source of information and also to get an objective opinion about my options.
  • Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? No.
  • Why did you choose Sonlight? my son always liked to be read to.
  • Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? So far no.
  • What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? lots of things hands on.

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~Julia~

What are the ages of your dc & what are their special needs ?

Ds 18 - ADHD, Bipolar, Dyslexia (Was an extreme "cutter" and attempted suicide at 15, but is now a successful college freshman and employee of Walgreens)

Dd 16 - Speech and Hearing Problems (worked hard & is fine now - just a hole in one ear still)

Dd 15 - Dyslexia (Undiagnosed), ADD

Dd 11 - ADHD

Ds 9 - Speech/Language Delays

Ds 5

Ds 4

Boy! It looks like more when I list it. But what is a normal kid, really?

  1. How long have you been homeschooling? 15 years or so? (But oldest 2 kids were full-time in private Christian school for parts of high school)
  2. Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? during
  3. Do you use outside services? private? public school? Ds 9 receives speech therapy and resource help at the charter school where he attends a home school program 1 day/week
  4. How does this forum provide support for you? I have lurked over the years, but want to hang out more.
  5. Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? No, I sort of hung my head in shame with my oldest. :(
  6. Why did you choose Sonlight? In 1998, a girlfriend from my adult Sunday School Class (a missionary on furlow) took me to lunch and told me to get a Sonlight Catalog. The rest is in my order history :)
  7. Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? I use different LA, trim books from the cores, and use readers and cores below and above the recommended levels. I have to say that the biggest adapting has been in ME! I have had to learn to let go of expectations and think outside the box.
  8. What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? All the reading aloud using Sonlight was perfect for my oldest son, especially. We like Math-U-See and All About Spelling. I have used Explode the Code with all the kids, but I am better at adjusting now than I was in the beginning (made them write too much).

Edited by ~Julia~

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hayes zoo keeper

Just popping in because MideastMomntold me to. :). I found this introductory thread and am doing so even though it seems to be an older one.

Of course it would've been smart to copy the questions before trying to answer them.

We have four children. Ds 14, who is really a six year old trapped in a 14 year old's body. ADD and a bunch of processing issues in the LA department that seem to only show up in any kind of writing project. Dd 11 who could run the world if I let her. Dd9 who has a tad more of the hyperactivity issue going on and as I teach her thing in LA I'm seeing how much she's like her brother. We are also new parents (12 days) of another dd who has been diagnosed with Down's syndrome. Our world is rocked.

We've used SL for most if our homeschooling journey which has been since ds was in 1st grade.

I've adapted SL since the beginning due to LA issues but credit the awesome books for keeping us all sane and inspiring my girls to love to read. Ds tolerates it but only because he'd rather be outside hunting something. At least he's exposed.

Therapies and such....they are coming for us. Our new baby is already being put on lists for about 3 different types of therapies not to mention doctor's visits. I have NO idea how life is going to look from now on. In the past we've done some specialized teaching and testing but this is a whole new level.

I'm curious to see if this forum is like a 'meet and share' for families w/ special needs or if it's geared specifically to learning issues.

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Charlotte in MN

I'm curious to see if this forum is like a 'meet and share' for families w/ special needs or if it's geared specifically to learning issues.

We certainly are geared to learning issues, but a whole bunch of it is sharing in a way that no one else understands. Our highs and lows don't always make sense to everyone else. We can be absolutely thrilled when our 10yo writes us a NOTE and know that the others here will understand. It can be thrilling when our child finds a friend. It has been a good place for a lot of us for a long time. When this forum started, my oldest was 6 and newly diagnosed with dyslexia. She is now 16. I know you are now in shock, but I have a friend that adopted 3 with Down's and another that adopted 2. She will bring a lot of joy into your life.

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mom of 2 boys

  1. What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? Two boys, 8 year old has Asperger's realized 8 months ago or so. Younger son likes to copy brother and jury is still out if there is anything to it or not.
  2. How long have you been homeschooling? Since birth. We find we have always parented with the love of learning. I get very frusterated, but wouldn't think of anything else
  3. Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? just found out
  4. Do you use outside services? private? public school? no services, would like them some days but having a really hard time getting anyone to deal with us where we are.
  5. How does this forum provide support for you? I have only posted twice, but everyone tries to help and it has made me not so alone.
  6. Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? would love to but no
  7. Why did you choose Sonlight? Originally it was because it was a good bunch of books that I could take the religion out of if I wanted. Now because the good bunch of books are great at teaching that same religion to me and the kids. And we just love it.
  8. Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? We don't do a lot of the writing assignments and I do most of the writing for the ones we keep. But no other significant changes.
  9. What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? Haven't been doing it long enough to know what is really working yet.

Kadene

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MHawkins

  • What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? dd 9 Aspergers/ADD, ds 6 Aspergers/gifted
  • How long have you been homeschooling? DS for two years, dd for one year
  • Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? dd was discovered when trying to join in with her brother's lessons. ds is homeschooled because of his needs.
  • Do you use outside services? private? public school? No. We have very little support available here outside of the school.
  • How does this forum provide support for you? I like to try out other parents' ideas for adapting lessons.
  • Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? Not many. I find it hard to find a group where parents homeschool instead of regular school. Homeschooling brings extra challenges.
  • Why did you choose Sonlight? I was recommended by our school liason who had used it with both of her children
  • Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? We have basically butchered the curriculum. DD has LA1, readers 3, history G. DS has LA and readers 2. DS dictates most of his work.
  • What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? SL Readers and Read Alouds. We all love to share books together and many of the SL titles we have never heard of but it is always a nice surprise.

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kblmsengel

Hi everyone. My name is Lisa and I homeschool my three boys and am presently using 2 different Cores. I'm so discouraged this year so I'm searching out support...should have done this a long time ago. :search:

  1. What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs DS1- 10 (Gifted no LD), DS2- 10 (ASD, LD, Speech/Language Delay) DS3 - 8 (ADHD or possibly just very kinesthetic)
  2. How long have you been homeschooling? DS1 & 3 for 5 years, DS2 for 3 years
  3. Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? Yes and no...DS1 was bored in school, DS2 was my youngest so logically made sense, DS2 is being homeschooled because of the lack of support for him in the public school. He is doing so much better at home.
  4. Do you use outside services? private? public school? Yes for DS2 - Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy..back in the day when he was in public school.
  5. How does this forum provide support for you? I'm brand new.
  6. Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? Not any longer since we're out of the public school system.
  7. Why did you choose Sonlight? Because of our love of literature and history.
  8. Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? I'm finding out that I most definitely do with my DS2 & DS3. We do you IEW for writing and MUS for math. I'm struggling with read alouds and history..need to find so much more hands on or kinesthetic activities for my two that struggle.
  9. What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?

Looking forward to getting to know you better!Karen

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jrnmom

  • What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? My homeschooling dd is 8 and she has dyslexia, pdd-nos, traits of adhd, auditory processing issues, etc. My son is 6 and attends a school for kids with autism. He does some of the homeschooling activities with us at home if I think it is something that will interest him.
  • How long have you been homeschooling? I was "homeschooling" dd for preschool. Send her to school for K- the beginning of 3rd and then pulled her back out of school during 3rd. She's been home for 5 months now.
  • Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? Actually, I found out about dd's special needs when I was homeschooling and she was in preschool. That is why I put her in K and also why we moved to a town with better schools. I wanted her to have access to speech therapy and other help. There were too many issues with public school however, she didn't get the level and intensity of 1:1 help and wasn't meeting her potential. We were also spending a few hours after school trying to make up the work she got wrong while in school and it was awful. So I ended up pulling her out of school due to her special needs as well.
  • Do you use outside services? private? public school? Right now she has speech therapy once a week through my insurance. She was getting in home ABA services but we have stopped that for now. I may consider signing her up for different therapies as needed, but not through the public school. They will not provide services for kids that are homeschooled.
  • How does this forum provide support for you? I just joined but I am hoping to learn what others have done and get ideas.
  • Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? Yes. I belong to a close board of moms that have kids with autism and I have known them all for 4 years now. I also have many friends over FB that I met on special needs support boards.
  • Why did you choose Sonlight? I love reading and I love their literature based approach. DD has always LOVED being read to.
  • Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? yes, but I would do that with any curriculum, that is what is great about homeschooling!! We use the instructors guide as a guide, but I make it work for us.... Sometimes we delve more in depth into something if it sparks her interest, for example- smallpox came up in a story she read and she asked me about it... so we went online and learned about it, saw pictures of what it looked like, learned about the vaccine, etc. I also am using an intensive phonics remediation program with DD as part of our school day.
  • What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? We just started Sonlight so I can't say what our favorite resources have been... I would have to say that the one biggest resource for me as been the internet!

Jennifer

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MyMonsterRocks

Hi!

  • What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? My son is 4 and has VACTERL Association, PDD-nos, and suspected MItochondrial Disease
  • How long have you been homeschooling? Today was our first day! It was a peice of cake and we loved it! Well, at least I did ;)
  • Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? We pulled our son out of his Early Intervention preschool because of some ongoing medical issues and it was not a good fit (that's an understatement!). We had been tossing around the idea of homeschooling him anyway, so it was a pretty easy transition and he will now get all of his services at home.
  • Do you use outside services? private? public school? We use private services for speech (CHOP) and the county Intermediate Unit for speech, OT, PT itinerant teacher and behavior therapy.
  • How does this forum provide support for you? I'm not sure yet! It's my first day on here, but I'm sure I will have lots of questions and I like to "lurk" and read through all the past posts for new ideas and information.
  • Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? Yes and I am very active member of the VACTERL Network.
  • Why did you choose Sonlight? I like that the curriculum is well rounded and Christian based.
  • Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? Not yet, but I have added additional activities to help support early math and handwriting skills.
  • What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? TouchMath, Handwriting Without Tears, and YouTube, Google and Pinterest are my best friends.

I do have a question...are these forums private? Meaning, can someone do a Google search and see our posts (without signing in)? And only people who purchase the Sonlight curriculum have access to the forums, right? Sorry, I'm a little paranoid because we have had issues in the past with one of his service providers trolling some of the groups I belong to.

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gratitude

Hi!

What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? My youngest, dd3, has Down Syndrome. My older three often receive the comment of being highly intelligent or gifted; but I have never had them diagnosed with an IQ test or otherwise.

How long have you been homeschooling? SInce birth. I made the official decision to give it a try when my oldest was 3.

Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? I was interested in home schooling before the special needs. I liked what I read about it. When my oldest started to figure out reading on his own at 3 I thought it would be a good idea. My youngest cinched the home school decision for the long-term.

Do you use outside services? private? public school? Children's Hospital ~ OT, PT, speech, dental, cardiologist, pacer.

How does this forum provide support for you? It was the first place I broke the ice and talked about Down Syndrome outside of my family and closest friends. It helped a lot in moving forward past the grief.

Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? No

Why did you choose Sonlight? I was in a panic when our youngest was diagnosed at her 18 week ultra sound. I had only been home schooling with curriculum for 6 weeks. A friend recommended Sonlight and I thought it sounded doable with my situation. Then I realized what I had been led to. I have always loved to read to my kids and Sarita had put together amazing books and a wonderful education and Bible for home schooling. :)

Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? The beauty of the P3/4 package for my dd3 with DS is that it meets her strengths perfectly. Her verbal understanding has always been at or above normal, and her talking needs work but is her strongest development with DS. So listening to books is something she enjoys doing, and I like knowing that I get to spend time each day focusing on what she can do rather than trying to help her move forward in her areas of delay. The SL part of the day with her is a joy, and helping with DS all around.

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albeto
eaning, can someone do a Google search and see our posts (without signing in)? And only people who purchase the Sonlight curriculum have access to the forums, right? Sorry, I'm a little paranoid because we have had issues in the past with one of his service providers trolling some of the groups I belong to.

Hi!

I understand these forums are private from a google search, however, people can purchase forum membership. This helps those who purchase the curriculum second hand or recycle through kids and don't purchase new cores. For the most part, it's a safe little community but if you speak "in code" I think we'll all understand. I don't reveal much about my kids online because you never know what might get out. Private conversations are quite private, however.

Welcome to the forums! I'm glad your first day was such a joy!

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poodlemom

Hello,

It's been quite a few months since I've been here. My subscription expired and I didn't renew at the time because I needed a break.

Current updates: Holly has just turned 16 and is doing great! A lot of her meds have decreased, she is still in counseling (all these years) and is actually in neuro-typical classes at high school (10th) this year and succeeding.

My dh finally got full-time work with benefits in July 2011, ending our un- and under-employment streak of 4 years.

I home schooled for 4 years and loved Sonlight. It provided a wonderful base for us because with dd transferring into public school (her choice) she had an amazing underpinning of knowledge that is still serving her well.

I just asked her last week if she wanted to come back home for home schooling and she said no - she likes the accountability and structure of the classes, so the home schooling season of my life has come to a close.

For the newer folks who don't know me, my dd had serious mental illness with Aspergers/NLVD and was hospitalized for terrible OCD. Through prayer and hard work, she (we) have seemingly conquered that. As she says, "OCD is always with you, but with meds (which is 90% of the cure of that) she can manage it. I do believe she will be on some meds all her life for it. OCD comes back so easily to her if she is stressed.

Now the next season of my life - My younger sister is 49 and has Downs Syndrome with mild to moderate retardation. God completely turned her life and our lives into a new path and she moved in with us last Friday! This nothing we sought or expected 60 days ago, but it has happened and she is a wonderful blessing and we are blessing to her.

Poodlemom

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albeto

This is a nice update to hear, Poodlemom!

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Charlotte in MN

Thanks for letting us know. I remembered that your sister had Downs. That will be a new journey with her in your home. I am rejoicing that Holly is doing so well and that FINALLY your husband has employment.

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catbrown

Can't mention to much.  I'm not going to try to go back and answer or find all the questions.

Update:  At age 14, we found our that my son's diagnosis of Aspergers was misdiagnosed.

However: I still feel he might have dysgraphia, still not diagnosed.

He has matured so much lately.    He will be a senior next year.

And I'm not going to mention with all my reading books and research, what I found out, cause it may or may

not be true.

And don't know how many people would even come back and check this latest post(a few people know about this,

but my dh does not really want me posting on here anymore cause of something that happened right before we

started homeschooling his high school years, but I do come frequently to the forums and read)  and keep in touch

with a couple of people that I met on here through e-mails.

 

Cathy

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soccermom

  • What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? My kids are ages 19,18,17,15,14,12. Victoria, my 17 yo has high functioning spina bifida, v-p shunt, medication-managed seizure disorder, and recently diagnosed Non-Verbal Learning Difficulties.
  • How long have you been homeschooling? 2000
  • Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? I got stuck on this question. It has changed every year for every child, it seems. In conjunction with this forum - we withdrew Victoria from public school after 4th grade because of her needs, even though we didn't have a name for them then. We just knew something was different and although nobody could name it, we knew homeschooling would be best for her. She had been homeschooled already 2 years, been in mission school one year, christian school one year, and then public school one year. I didn't really want to homeschool her again, as quite frankly, and I know you understand, it is HARD.
  • Do you use outside services? private? public school? Victoria was in band through the public school from 6th through 10th grade. We are trying to get an IEP or 504 or whatever (can you tell I'm a little lost, after all the meetings, even!)
  • How does this forum provide support for you? I've always felt I didn't have time for the forums (good grief, don't all those homeschool moms have enough to do without chatting with each other all day?! OK, just smack me already! :) ). But this NLD thing has left me feeling so incompetent, lonely, and insecure about what I'm doing that I really needed some friends that understand and accept me, and yeah, even have some great advice!
  • Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? YOU GUYS! as of a couple weeks ago :)
  • Why did you choose Sonlight? LOVE the learning philosophy, and LOVE books. With two kids who graduated high school off of a primarily Sonlight curriculum, we see that it works. Colleges and the Navy love them. Two kids have transitioned back into public school into honors programs and all A's and B's. I could go on and on. I'll stop here so you don't all hate me! :)
  • Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? Yup. Processing speed is slow, so nothing goes as quickly as a normal schedule would. V doesn't write - the mechanics yes, the come up with your own idea and expand it, no, so obviously, we adapt there.
  • What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?Jury is still out on the results, but we're pretty excited about Writing with Skill by Susan Wise Bauer.

Go ahead and laugh, but the measure of my enthusiasm for this forum is the fact that I finally took the time upload a profile pickie!

I would so rather be in a room chatting face-to-face with you all, but since this is the best we can do right now, I'm lovin' it! And even though my true confession is that this OCD mom is going nuts because "I haven't read and assimilated every post" I am so excited to be part of you all!

Claudia

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ColoMami

Hi All! My name is Becca Siefert, and I'm here looking for some answers. :) Looking forward to connecting!

  • What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? I have three children, 8.5 year old twin girls and a 3.5 year old boy. We adopted all of them from Colombia about a year and a half ago. They aren't fluent in English yet, and had very little schooling in Colombia. I'm starting to wonder if maybe they have some kind of learning disabilities and am wondering how to figure that out. :)
  • How long have you been homeschooling? We've only been HSing 7 weeks - Core B
  • Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? Depends on what we call special needs lol. Needing 13 hours of sleep a day, attachment issues, getting caught up academically - not the same as most here, but they're my kids issues! Wondering if we'll find out more, though.
  • Do you use outside services? private? public school? no
  • How does this forum provide support for you?
  • Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? yes
  • Why did you choose Sonlight? I liked the literary focus of SL, the external focus in terms of history (not being all US-centric) and the fact that it's all together with everything laid out for me.
  • Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? A little for language learning, Also working to build reading stamina in the girls.
  • What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?

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I'm hope it's okay to post here. My daughter is almost 5 (on paper) doesn't have any identified special needs, but we definitely have our concerns. We have worked with early intervention for awhile when she was two and then tried to restart the process a few months ago. Both experiences have been terrible and I'm done with trying to get help through them. She was adopted when she was legally two, although we think she's probably about a year older than that. At any rate, her first two to three years were less than optimal in terms of nutrition, experiences, trust, language...all that good stuff that babies get, she missed.

She learned English very quickly and we used ASL with her to help fill in the space between her first language and English. She picked it up very quickly, but obviously there was a time when she was pretty much without a language. Her speech is clear, but her grammar is terrible. She has a very hard time expressing herself. She struggles with answering a direct question or explaining something to you. When she joins into a conversation often she doesn't make sense and her comment will be completely unrelated to the conversation at hand. She also forgets or uses the wrong word for very common objects that she's been familiar with for almost three years now. She has just now almost gotten the ABC song nearly right. She can only identify a few letters and doesn't know any letter sounds. Her drawings/attempts to trace etc are what you'd expect from a 3 year old. Then there's the behavior, lack of focus/concentration, difficulty working/playing with other kids, etc. Our saving grace is that she WANTS to learn and do school.

I also have a 6 year old who is an advanced learner and so clearly teaching them is going to be two totally different experiences. I have a younger son as well who just turned 4 and academically has far surpassed her even though I haven't worked with him at all (beyond the regular stuff you do with kids) and she's starting to notice that she's the only one who can't do something or that he knows how to do things that she can't. (So, I started homeschool this year with a kindergartner,will add my daughter this coming year, and then my son the year after that!)

We had considered putting her into public school, but I'm just not sure that's in her best interest so the plan is to start her at home. Ideally, I would work with her just on math and beginning literacy, but our state requires a portfolio showing "regular and thorough instruction" in math, science, language arts, history, health, music, pe, and art. I'm just clueless as to how I'm going to include all that and make it meaningful to her.

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  1. What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? 13, 7, 5, 3 13 yo has dyslexia, ADHD, SPD. 7 yo has SPD
  2. How long have you been homeschooling? Off and on for 5 years. I just pulled DS13 in December
  3. Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? Special needs
  4. Do you use outside services? private? public school? Not at the moment but DS was just diagnosed with dyslexia in November. I'm still wrapping my head around everything.
  5. How does this forum provide support for you? This is my first post. :D
  6. Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? No
  7. Why did you choose Sonlight? The schedule and books. The LA seemed doable for my dyslexic
  8. Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? I'm not sure yet. We just started this week.
  9. What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? Still researching. :)

Looking forward to getting to know you better!

Karen

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  • What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? I have four children: ds12, ds10, ds7, and dd5. Ds 10 has been diagnosed (unofficially) as dyslexic and I strongly suspect my younger son (7 yrs) is also.
  • How long have you been homeschooling? We are completing our 8th year this year.
  • Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? I was already homeschooling
  • Do you use outside services? private? public school? There are no dyslexia specialist in my town. We have Sylvan but I've been told they won't help a child with dyslexia. So I have a reading specialist who will monitor child. I have him tested again this spring and we're praying he's gained at least a grade level (he was reading at a 2nd grade level in September).
  • How does this forum provide support for you? I don't know anyone in real life with a child who struggles the way my son does. At times I blame myself because I'm not a 'trained' teacher and it can feel pretty alone when you see all of these other, younger kids, learning to read and moving past him. So, this forum will be a nice reminder that I'm not alone.
  • Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? No
  • Why did you choose Sonlight? Because I love to read and I want my children to love to read
  • Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? Not yet. I just let my child who isn't dyslexic use the readers and I use something separate for the children who can't read on their own.
  • What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? I used Barton for awhile and although neither of use really 'enjoyed' it, the truth is, he learned a lot of foundational concepts with Barton. We are now using ETC and AAR. We also used AAS and will probably continue with AAS while we wait for AAR level 3 to come out. Unless the magical "CLICK" occurs!

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Christi in OH

  • What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ?15yo DS attending high school this year, 9yo DD with down syndrome ADD, 4yo DS, and 2yo DD
  • How long have you been homeschooling? Started with my oldest
  • Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? Combination of things.
  • Do you use outside services? private? public school? DD has speech privately through the local college a student run speech clinic
  • How does this forum provide support for you? I am new here so I am just looking forward to sharing with others who can relate
  • Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? I don't really get out much or mingle with the school mom's
  • Why did you choose Sonlight? I needed a plan. A plan that didn't include the 3 R's. Something that tells me what to everyday. I still need to add more hands on but we are reading everyday and making school time now.
  • Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? Not yet, but I am sure as we move along I will.
  • What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? Starfall. I have tried so many things with so many methods and reasoning that it is nice to just be reading and doing some crafts. I will be adding in a bit more as we move along.

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1.What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ?

DD15 in 9th was diagnosed with OCD right before she turned 9. We are currently struggling with round two of significant OCD and Depression.

DS12 in 6th was recently diagnosed with dyslexia and possible auditory processing issues I may need to pursue for testing.

DS7 in 1st high energy loves to learn

DD4 higher energy fun loving pre-schooler

2.How long have you been homeschooling?

This is my 10th year. My oldest went to PS for 9th this year.

3.Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling?

No discovered them along the way but am thankful they were home when they were diagnosed.

4.Do you use outside services? private? public school?

When my son was 8 or 9 the school did test for speech but he was borderline and did not qualify for assistance. Than recently we had him tested privately. We have had several child psychiatrists and counselors for daughter as well as hospitalization.

5.How does this forum provide support for you?

It has helped answer questions, pointed me in the right direction, and made me feel like I am not alone in my experiences.

6.Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs?

No

7.Why did you choose Sonlight?

Love the books and their approach to history and the emphasis on missions. I think it has also helped my son with dyslexia to love learning even though it is a struggle.

8.Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc?

I have to do most of the reading for oldest son. And I have had to make changes so I can combine 1st and 6th graders.

9.What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?

Barton Tutoring

I visited often 5 years ago and then got busy with life but with things turned upside down again I have been lurking and learning again. Thank you for this it has been such a blessing to me.

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Carol at home

Howdy, y'all!

Glad I saw this post so I could re-introduce myself! Here goes ~

1.What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs?

DS#1 is 16 and attends Christian high school (he was HSed with SL previously)

DS#2 is 6 and has Down syndrome

2.How long have you been homeschooling?

Started with DS#1 in 2001

3.Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling?

I am HSing DS#2 because we HSed our older son (and one of our therapists told me DS#2 would be better off being HSed!)

4.Do you use outside services? private? public school?

The services DS#2 receives are private: OT, PT, and speech

5.How does this forum provide support for you?

I know the SL forums are a safe place to share and vent about life

6.Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs?

Yes, we participate in our local Down Syndrome group

7.Why did you choose Sonlight?

A friend told me about it years ago so we tried it with DS#1 ... and LOVED it!

8.Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc?

I don't know yet since I haven't ordered curriculum, but I know I can do it because SL is easy to work with in that regard.

9.What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?

Hmm ... don't have a good answer for this one. I have been reading library books to DS#2, though.

It will be nice getting to know everyone ~

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  1. What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? My boys are 5 and 2. (Still doing evaluation) Both have speech delay/ speech disorders. DS5 likely has ADHD and other unknown behavior/developmental problems. Autism spectrum is suspected.
  2. How long have you been homeschooling? We are starting our third year next week.
  3. Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? I knew for awhile that my son was having trouble. Homeschooling made it easier to see and intervene.
  4. Do you use outside services? private? public school? We are in the process of setting up services. We'll use what the US military will provide.
  5. How does this forum provide support for you? I don't know yet. I hope I can get answers to special needs specific problems.
  6. Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? No.
  7. Why did you choose Sonlight? I knew two families in my church who used it. One of them had a son with Asperger's.
  8. Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? Some, I think I will need to soon and I don't know what to change.
  9. What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? Too soon to answer.

I'd like to know if there are other mother's who have their own special needs on this forum. Could we also get support for that?

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  • What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ?
    DS 6-adopted from Ethiopia at 4 1/2, extremely bright but in a public school setting would have been labelled adhd-the second he gets bored, he gets into trouble.
    DD 4-adopted domestically at birth. On the autism spectrum, adhd, sensory processing, anxiety, etc
    DD 3-adopted from Ethiopia at 14 months-has a genetic syndrome that hasn't been diagnosed yet, but includes missing/deformed fingers, hearing and vision loss. She is a fighter and is always surprising us with what she can do!
    DD 2-due to arrive from Hong Kong in February-apert syndrome including fused fingers and toes and hearing loss
  • How long have you been homeschooling?
    We started using a curriculum almost 2 years ago, but I like to say we've been homeschooling since our kids came to us :)
  • Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling?
    We had already made the decision to homeschool, the special needs discoveries came later. We're thankful to be able to homeschool them because it is working out great for everyone!
  • Do you use outside services? private? public school?
    DD4 just got 'kicked out' of OT because insurance wants her to go to a state funded special needs program, still trying to sort that out...
  • How does this forum provide support for you?
    To see how others are coping, to gain encouragement and to remember that I'm not alone in this!
  • Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs?
    A couple of online groups, no in-person groups
  • Why did you choose Sonlight?
    For the Christian curriculum that gives us an easy schedule to follow while still being flexible enough to fit into our lives
  • Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc?
    Yes, we are definitely moving at a slower pace for DD4 than we did for DD6 (who is 3 days away from Core B)
  • What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?
    We are loving HWT for my girls with fine motor delays, they're really getting it and it is amazing to see their faces light up when they realize that they just wrote an H on the chalkboard!

 

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  • What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ?
    DS 6-adopted from Ethiopia at 4 1/2, extremely bright but in a public school setting would have been labelled adhd-the second he gets bored, he gets into trouble.
    DD 4-adopted domestically at birth. On the autism spectrum, adhd, sensory processing, anxiety, etc
    DD 3-adopted from Ethiopia at 14 months-has a genetic syndrome that hasn't been diagnosed yet, but includes missing/deformed fingers, hearing and vision loss. She is a fighter and is always surprising us with what she can do!
    DD 2-due to arrive from Hong Kong in February-apert syndrome including fused fingers and toes and hearing loss
  • How long have you been homeschooling?
    We started using a curriculum almost 2 years ago, but I like to say we've been homeschooling since our kids came to us :)
  • Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling?
    We had already made the decision to homeschool, the special needs discoveries came later. We're thankful to be able to homeschool them because it is working out great for everyone!
  • Do you use outside services? private? public school?
    DD4 just got 'kicked out' of OT because insurance wants her to go to a state funded special needs program, still trying to sort that out...
  • How does this forum provide support for you?
    To see how others are coping, to gain encouragement and to remember that I'm not alone in this!
  • Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs?
    A couple of online groups, no in-person groups
  • Why did you choose Sonlight?
    For the Christian curriculum that gives us an easy schedule to follow while still being flexible enough to fit into our lives
  • Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc?
    Yes, we are definitely moving at a slower pace for DD4 than we did for DD6 (who is 3 days away from Core B. )
  • What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?
    We are loving HWT for my girls with fine motor delays, they're really getting it and it is amazing to see their faces light up when they realize that they just wrote an H on the chalkboard!
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There are so many new people around here lately & I'm getting everyone confused. I'd love to find out a little more about everyone in hopes of remembering better what's up with different people! So, I have some questions...

 

  • What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ?
  • How long have you been homeschooling?
  • Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling?
  • Do you use outside services? private? public school?
  • How does this forum provide support for you?
  • Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs?
  • Why did you choose Sonlight?
  • Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc?
  • What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?

 

Hi everyone! I am new to the SL forums, but not to SL. I am almost finished homeshooling my special needs kiddo, but I thought I'd join in while I'm here.

 

I have a 17 year old son who is ASD. We have been homeschooling for 6 years. We pulled out of public school because his educational needs were just not being met. After wonderful experiences in the Early Childhood program and then in early elementary school, the upper elementary school was a huge disappointment. His IEP was not implemented, he was bullied, we had to fight constantly for services that were already in his IEP and much of his need support was taken away. In the end, I'm grateful they made things so miserable that I researched homeschooling and decided it was worth trying. It was the best decision we ever made. 

 

I'm new to the forum, so I haven't gotten any support here. I've been hanging out at tWTM forums for the last 7 years though and wouldn't have survived without them. I don't belong to any local support groups, although I have tried a couple.

 

I began using SL our second year of homeschooling. Both of my kids were advanced readers. Ds in particular, learned through reading better than any other method, so SL seemed like a natural and it was. The only adapting we had to do was reducing writing. We had to do that with all the LA curriculums we've used through the years and some in other subjects too. We frequently did oral responses and discussion in place of writing. That said, ds is planning to go to college next year at a selective university as a WRITING major!

 

I don't know that I have favorite resources. My favorite thing about homeschooling has been being able to meet my kids where they are and progress from there. We strive for constant forward progress, ok in reality there was lots of regression along the way for ds. Being able to just be honest about where we are and working from there has allowed ds to achieve in ways very few thought he could. He has survived his junior year with college entrance exams and dual enrollment. He is now working on his college applications and  getting ready to use this last year to make himself as college ready as possible. It has been an amazing journey and I am thankful he took me along for the ride.

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What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ?

 

DD 11 -- Dyslexia & ADHD/ADD of the inattentive/impulsive variety

DS 9 -- Nothing diagnosed but maybe inattentive ADHD/ADD

 

How long have you been homeschooling?

 

Seven years

 

Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling?

 

We began home schooling because of our constant transition.  DD also struggled with anxiety and we thought home schooling might provide some stability for her.

 

Do you use outside services? private? public school?

 

Both DC attended PE class at a local international school for one year.  DD has taken art classes from a former PS art teacher.

 

How does this forum provide support for you?

 

I glean wisdom from others' experience.  I vent my frustrations and get encouraged.  I discover new ideas and resources.

 

Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs?

 

No

 

Why did you choose Sonlight?

 

My sister introduced me to Sonlight.  I loved the idea of learning through great literature and stories.  I love learning and hoped to pass that love onto my children.

 

Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc?

 

The creative writing assignment examples have always been WAAAAAY out of our league.  I try to avoid even reading them because my DD is too much of a perfectionist and won't even try if she doesn't think she can turn out equivalent work.  Now DD doesn't even do them.

 

I'm combining LA3 with the Regular Readers from Core D for DS.  Initially, I had DS reading some of the LA 3 readers as a transition from LA 2 to Core D.  That is a big jump!

 

What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?

 

Libraries, Netflix, Amazon Kindle, museums, traveling, LIFE!

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There are so many new people around here lately & I'm getting everyone confused. I'd love to find out a little more about everyone in hopes of remembering better what's up with different people! So, I have some questions...

 

  • What are the ages of your dc & what are their special needs ? Well...five bio kids now grown, one was undiagnosed ADHD, two adopted kids now grown: ds20 has Asperger's, probable fetal alcohol effect, dyslexic, dysgraphic, diagnosed ADHD but no meds ever worked for him, so I doubt that one...put us through he-- for many years but is now an almost-stable husband and father with a job and everything...  Dd19 Has ADHD inattentive and probably some kind of processing disorder.  She tried college last fall, flunked out, is going to community college in Sept. to study Culinary Arts, which is an aptitude she has.  She is a much-loved daycare worker.  Ds14 is dyslexic and probably ADHD.  I sometimes consider meds for him.  Dd12 is dyslexic and may also be ADHD, but I don't think she needs meds; she just likes to get distracted and run around, but it doesn't affect anything.  She's a really good student and a delight.
  • How long have you been homeschooling? I'm at the end of year 33.
  • Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling?We found out about them while homeschooling.
  • Do you use outside services? private? public school?  None of the above currently.  Ds20 had a whole host of professionals and a therapeutic boarding school.
  • How does this forum provide support for you?  It lets me know I'm not alone, and people give me good ideas and prayer support.  I especially needed it when ds20 was younger.
  • Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? No, but I belong to an adoption support group where most of the kids are special needs kids.
  • Why did you choose Sonlight? It suits the way I teach.  I don't use it in high school, though, so I am not currently using it.
  • Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc?  I adapt SL is I have any materials I've ever used.  The biggest adaptation with dyslexic kids has been that until they read at grade level, I read both the readers and the read-alouds aloud.  Good thing both dh and I enjoy reading aloud!
  • What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? Barton phonics was a lifesaver!  I also love Sequential Spelling and Teaching Textbooks.  The latter is good for dyslexics bc it separates reading ability from math ability by reading the work aloud.

Looking forward to getting to know you better!  

Karen

 

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skhoov

New to forum.   :declare: 


  • What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs?  I HS my ds 11 (hypotonia, global developmental delays, borderline intellectual functioning, suspect sensory issues and possibly dysgraphia), but I also have ds 16 (he goes to PS & lives with his dad, no special needs) & dd 20mos (hypotonia & developmental delays).
  • How long have you been homeschooling? This is our 2nd yr HS 
  • Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling?  We pulled ds 11 last year because of problems at PS (primarily behavior & bullying on school bus)
  • Do you use outside services? private? public school?  No, but trying to find resources to help us (refuse to use school/AEA for anything!)
  • How does this forum provide support for you?  Not sure yet
  • Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs?  No
  • Why did you choose Sonlight?  ds loves to read & I was educated as a reading teacher (no longer certified)
  • Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc?  ds does modified writing assignments (all subjects) and we use Reason for Handwriting and Grammar Ace for LA.  He has no time limits on math at all.
  • What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?  Still looking

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china8s

There are so many new people around here lately & I'm getting everyone confused. I'd love to find out a little more about everyone in hopes of remembering better what's up with different people! So, I have some questions...

 

  • What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ? DD7 - dyslexia, dysgraphia, maybe ADHD; verdict still out on her three younger siblings
  • How long have you been homeschooling? Since preschool.  We live overseas and it is the best option right now.
  • Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling? Found out while homeschooling.
  • Do you use outside services? private? public school? No - not available where we live.
  • How does this forum provide support for you? Just starting to browse, but have already found some great resources.
  • Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? No, there aren't any where we live.
  • Why did you choose Sunlight? I love to read and my kids love to listen.  Plus, we wanted lots of books at home.
  • Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc? Not so far because we are in early cores and don't use Sonlight LA
  • What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc? Too soon to tell

 

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Lalibela

There are so many new people around here lately & I'm getting everyone confused. I'd love to find out a little more about everyone in hopes of remembering better what's up with different people! So, I have some questions...

What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ?

My 13 yo son is strong willed and has some dysgraphia, and he's incredibly intelligent. My 11yo son has had developmental and health issues since he was a baby. He was diagnosed with ADHD when he was five or six but I haven't had him formally assessed since then. He also has SPD, dyslexia and dysgraphia. I imagine there are some other labels that could fit him, but mostly he is a square peg that has an incredibly hard time learning and recalling facts. He is incredibly creative and sweet. I also have an 8 yo daughter who is also very strong willed and clever. I have a 6 yo daughter who was adopted, and she has sensory issues. I was thinking she might have ADHD too, but after reading these forums, I think it is an auditory processing problem. She is terrible with directions and I have been having a very hard time teaching her phonics.

 

How long have you been homeschooling?

Always

 

Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling

​We've always been committed to homeschooling. My 11yo son's SNs were pretty obvious from when he was a baby. My 6yo daughter's have become more obvious this year as we do more with school.

 

Do you use outside services? private? public school?

​No. I have been doing brain integration therapy with my 11yo this year at home based on Dianne Craft's book, and I'm seeing positive results. I think I will try it with my 6 yo eventually.

 

How does this forum provide support for you?

It is so wonderful to find other homeschooling moms like me. I have read so many great ideas for struggling learners and I'm loving the general Sonlight forums as well.

 

Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs?

​We go to an adoption support group and many of the families there have children with special needs.

 

Why did you choose Sonlight?

​We love books. I like having such a strong base for our curriculum, but being able to tweak it for my kids.

 

Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc?

​We haven't started yet, but I'm pretty sure we won't be doing much dictation and we'll take out what isn't working. I suspect we won't read every book and we will get some on audio. My youngest needs coloring pages in order to listen.

 

What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?

​Our sensory box, exercise ball, etc. Online we like Starfall. Teaching Textbooks has been wonderful. But hearing Dianne Craft at a homeschool convention totally changed how I was teaching my son, and it helped him really start reading more than just beginner readers.

 

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TrumpetMommy

Hello Everyone!

 

I just wanted to say, "Hi!"

 

I have been homeschooling my oldest daughter for 2 years now.  We will start Homeschool High School next year...gulp!

 

My daughter has autism and public school just wasn't a good fit anymore.  I have two younger children who do go to public school.

 

I am excited to used Sonlight during High School.  I have been piecing materials together for the past two years.

 

I look forward to getting to know you all!

 

Kim :)

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mamamission

There are so many new people around here lately & I'm getting everyone confused. I'd love to find out a little more about everyone in hopes of remembering better what's up with different people! So, I have some questions...

 

  • What are the ages of your dc & what are there special needs ?  ds 12 (11/2003)  Many allergies;  dd 9 (4/2007) ADHD
  • How long have you been homeschooling?  2007 (the beginning)
  • Did you homeschool because of your dc's special needs or did you find out about them while homeschooling?  Already knew I wanted to homeschool and it fits with dc's needs
  • Do you use outside services? private? public school? not for schooling
  • How does this forum provide support for you? been lurking on SL forums for years but trying to be more engaged now
  • Do you belong to any support groups for parents of dc with special needs? no
  • Why did you choose Sonlight?  Great books
  • Do you have to adapt Sonlight to work for you & your dc?  I don't really have to adapt SL because of their special needs, do have to adapt environment for dd to help her focus
  • What are your favorite resources that you've used with your dc?  good colored pencils,  koosh balls, bouncy chair

Looking forward to getting to know you better!

Karen

 

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