Resources for When Your Child is a Reluctant Reader

Encouraging your reluctant reader to read

I don’t think it’s any secret to close friends and family that my boys are a bit “lazy” when it comes to hard work.  Honestly, though, it’s not laziness, it’s mental fatigue.  They avoid mental work at all costs. Unpreferred activities make this a huge problem.
My oldest son is most likely hyperlexic.  He has been reading since an incredibly young age and has loved the imaginary world books open up to him.  My younger son, however, struggles with anything related to works and letters.  It’s still just not in his wheelhouse.  It’s work, not pleasure.

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Leave out the stress and still RSVP “Yes”.

Photo: Jenny Herman

Social gathering with special needs kids

I suppose the degree to which social events are stressful for your family and children depends on their specific challenges and each event, but I think we are all dealing with it on a weekly if not daily basis.  My general thoughts on having a social life: I get so very darn lonely.  I crave having an adult friend to just shoot the breeze with.  Sigh, but the idea of meeting new people, giving disclaimers about my kids’ behaviors, wondering if they are going to have a meltdown…. Just thinking about having to make conversation is beyond exhausting.  I’d rather crawl back in a cave and get on Social media with other Autism mamas.  The thing is, this seems to be the exact same thing I hear from most of these other special needs moms!

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Special Needs Homeschool on a Small Budget.

Have you got a small homeschool budget?

When I first thought about homeschooling, I wanted a perfect program to walk me through, step by step.  I wanted boxes to check off, and I wanted to know I wasn’t missing anything.  I hounded all my homeschooling friends for the details.  “What do you use?  Do you like it?  What is your advice?”  I was terrified of homeschooling.  The one thing that everyone told me was, “You will want to buy a box set your first year, but do not do it!  You will be wasting a ton of money.”  I used Cathy Duffy’s top picks to narrow it down, but the cost was still freaking me out. I wasn’t even convinced we would succeed at homeschooling, nor was I certain any of these products would be the right fit.  With Special needs kids, there can be so many different age ranges anyone kid can fall into.  Their strengths and weaknesses can be all over the map, so where you go from there?

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Motivating Your Kid to Complete Work Part 2

Going crazy with the whining?

If you are reading this, there is a good chance that your sweet angel is driving you nuts with tears and/or shouting about finishing school work.  Don’t give up on your homeschooling efforts yet!  If you are anything like I was… I needed it to work for my son’s sake and was at my wit’s end some days.

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