Homeschooling Your Child with Learning Differences or Special Needs  


Since HLA offers parents the freedom and flexibility to teach their children what they want, the way they want, parents often find HLA to be a good option for homeschooling their child with learning differences that range from high to low functioning learning ability. HLA believes every student is unique and has God-given talents and skills that just need to be discovered and unlocked.

One of the beauties of homeschooling is that you, the parent, can tailor your homeschooling to fit the need of each child. As always, HLA is very flexible, and we want parents to have the freedom to do what works best for each child.

Thanks to Dr. Trudy H. Abel, Ph.D., for working diligently to compile the information and resources on these pages. Trudy currently serves as the Special Needs Program Director for the Homeschool C.A.R.E. Foundation and as a consultant to our HLA Special Needs Counselors.

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

If your student had an IEP in school, it’s no problem since every HLA student has a personalized course of study or individualized learning plan that we refer to as the student’s Education Plan. Therefore, you may purchase resources based on the level that is needed for the student to learn. If you need to count life skills, occupational therapy, or speech therapy as part of their school, you may. 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 necessary 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.

You may be able to find extra resources at our HLA Partner – SPED Homeschool…

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, they realize how important it is to be involved in a supportive community who understands these challenges as well as understands that each child is a unique learner. There is no one-size-fits-all homeschooling approach, curriculum, or educational therapy.

The goal at SPED Homeschool is to “Help Students Succeed Through Parent-Directed Special Education Homeschooling,”; thus, equipping parents is their primary objective. Through volunteer hours, private donations, and educational grants, they provide parents with resources, training opportunities, support, information, and encouragement.

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