Sunday, August 18, 2013

Special Needs: Homeschooling a child with down syndrome

So, you have a special needs child, specifically down syndrome this week and want to homeschool them!!
They are no different than homeschooling any other child. To homeschool down syndrome child just means the same as it does assessing any other child.
What are their high points, what are their low points? How capable are they of writing, understand, reading, science for kids, math, art, etc. Do they have anything they specifically like that you can use, favorite movie, book, character, etc. that you can focus on?
My older son loves Star Wars! Who doesn't in my opinion!!LOL  But, when he finally was able to read and read strongly....I bought him books that he wanted and he wanted Star Wars! We have used SW for many aspects of his learning! Math, writing, reading and even spelling! Yes, spelling! At Spelling City, you can make your own we did!
My younger son is a big dino fan! We use that to get him writing! He HATES writing, but we use the dinosaurs as a trick to make him happy and write without tears!!
So, sit down with your child and discuss what they would like to do!
Homeschooling a child with down syndrome is just like homeschooling a child without down syndrome!
Every child is different! Every child has different ways of learning! That is the benefit of homeschooling!

Happy Homeschooling!

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