Special Needs

There is help for your struggling learner.

Special-Needs Homeschool Resources

Many parents find that the homeschooling in Virginia offers many benefits for their child with special needs–as well much more flexibility to teach to their strengths than is offered in a public school setting.

Homeschooling with Special Needs

  1. Many families educate their developmentally delayed children at home very effectively.
  2. Home education provides a safe, nurturing atmosphere which has been proven to enhance learning.
  3. One-on-one instruction is natural in a home environment and is often mandatory when a child has special difficulties.
  4. Individualized learning is easy to provide in a family setting.
  5. Life skills are taught as a natural part of home education.
  6. Physical activity is easy to incorporate into a homeschool day by taking breaks and walks as needed, or visiting parks and recreation centers for intensive activity.
  7. Resources such as special curricula, consultants, and therapists are increasingly available for parents with challenged children.
  8. If your child is a part of an active family, siblings can contribute tutoring and stimulation.


NATHHAN’s (National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network) purpose is to encourage homeschooling families with special-needs children, in ways that glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and to find Christian homes for children with special needs.

Too Wise to be Mistaken, Too Good to be Unkind: Christian Parents Contend with Autism
An inspiring book by Cathy Steere.

Homeschooling with Asperger’s
An online guide by Julie Knapp.

H.I.S. Place for Help in School
A site featuring various resources expressly designed to help parents of children with special needs. Put together by Judi Munday, author of the special-needs section in the Virginia Homeschool Manual.

An institute that seeks to help all children reach their full potential while recognizing that parents are a child’s best teacher. They have programs and resources developed for children with autism and brain injuries.

HSLDA’s Homeschooling a Struggling Learner Section and Newsletter

Timberdoodle’s Autism Center
A blog, resources, product reviews, and more from a long-time homeschool company.

Articles About Learning Disabilities
See this index by article title for a few dozen articles about “learning disabilities.” Written by parents and “professionals,” the articles vary greatly in length. Topics include learning without complex plans and handling significant handicaps. You’ll be encouraged.

Helpful Articles by Subject
This index by subject includes hundreds of articles covering everything from allergies and adoption to toilet training and vision therapy.

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