Homeschooling Your Child with Unique Learning Differences

HLA offers parents the freedom and flexibility to determine how, where, and what to teach their children. Thanks to this flexibility, parents often find HLA to be a good option for homeschooling their child with learning differences ranging from high to low functioning ability. One of the beauties of homeschooling is that parents can tailor educational instruction to fit the individual needs of each child as they decide what works best.

HLA believes every student is unique and has God-given talents and abilities that need to be discovered and unlocked. Therefore, the freedom and flexibility to decide and choose is one of our strongest features. This includes incorporating Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals into your child’s homeschooling program.


Individual Education Plan

Whether your child enters our program with a current IEP or not, each HLA student will have a personalized course of study we refer to as the Education Plan. Although counselors are available to consult with you about the plan, you are ultimately the one who decides what components to include. Therefore, sections of a previous IEP, such as goals, benchmarks, or related services are easy to add to your child’s Education Plan.


Parents may choose curriculum and purchase resources based on the level that is needed for the student to learn. For example, life skills, functional math, occupational therapy, or speech therapy may be included as an integral part of their schooling. If you are unsure what grade level to place your child in, we recommend using the Special Education designation in place of a specific grade level, unless they are advanced beyond their peers.

High school age students who are not on a high school level in reading, writing, and arithmetic will be likely candidates for the Modified Diploma. Certificates are ideal for those students who need to work on basic life skills. If your student does not understand the difference between a diploma and a certificate of completion, then he or she is a likely candidate for the Certificate.


Dr. Trudy Abel, Special Needs Program Director for the Homeschool C.A.R.E. Foundation and consultant to our HLA Special Needs Counselors provides information and resources on specific disabilities and learning disorders.

Trudy earned an M.A.Ed. in Gifted Education and a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She taught students in K-12th grades in general, gifted, and special education in public, private, and homeschool settings. Trudy also served as a special education professor in four different universities, recently retiring from the University of North Alabama. She homeschooled her two sons (and two nieces) at different points in their education to accommodate their learning differences (dyslexia, ADHD, and giftedness) and taught history in a homeschool cooperative.


The content located under Learning Differences provides information to increase your understanding, de-stigmatized the disability, promote self-confidence, and empower success. I strongly believe that the more parents and children understand the disability, the easier it becomes to release fear of the unknown, embrace unique abilities and differences, and homeschool with confidence.

Quick Answers to Questions

  1. Answers about evaluation and testing
  2. Therapies in schools, clinics, and home
  3. Understanding special education law

Support from SPED Homeschool (an HLA partner)

The team at SPED Homeschool understands the daily challenges families face when homeschooling a child with learning differences. As in-the-trenches special education homeschooling parents, their goal is to ‘help students succeed through parent-directed special education homeschooling’ with the primary objective of equipping parents. Through volunteer hours, private donations, and educational grants, they provide parents with resources, training opportunities, support, information, and encouragement.

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