Homeschooling Kids with Adhd- How to Keep Their Attention

Are you homeschooling a kiddo with ADHD and struggling to keep their attention?

Then you realize how tough it can be. Trying to keep their attention while making sure they’re learning to their full potential is incredibly challenging, to say the least. Personally, as a homeschool mom to a son with ADHD, I feel like I’m constantly trying to keep him on task, keep his attention towards his homeschooling, and the list seems like a million miles long! I mean how many times do I have to tell him that he needs to get his work done before the end of the day? Am I talking to a brick wall?

Over the years, I’ve discovered quite a few things that help when it comes to homeschooling and boy it makes a huge difference! Here are some things that have been lifesavers to keep attention when homeschooling an ADHD child.

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How to Minimize Dysgraphia Frustration in Your Homeschool

Struggling with dysgraphia?

We struggle with Dysgraphia too.  Broken pencils became a common sight in our homeschool room, right next to the crumpled paper. Signs of frustration kept popping up daily. Learning doesn’t come easy for all students, and when it’s hard, emotions surface in unusual ways. In our home, broken pencils were a manifestation of dysgraphia.

Dysgraphia, a learning disability, affects handwriting, however, it’s more than messy penmanship. There is a disconnect between the brain and the hand. Not only does the hand struggle to form correct letters, there can also be trouble with spelling, thought processes, sequencing ideas and remembering the full thought while trying to write it. As with other learning disabilities, there are similarities or overlap with them, such as elements of dysgraphia are also found in elements of dyslexia or executive functioning issues.

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What Happens to Our Special Needs Kids After High School?

What’s going to happen after high school is over?

You and your student have made it to high school and are nearing the end. “What happens after high school?” is looming over your thoughts. You’ve spent the last three to four years preparing your special needs student for the “real world” with life skills and vocational education, but how do you launch them into adulthood?

Legal Guardianship or Independent

Obviously this depends largely on your child’s particular challenges, and you will have to adjust to his/her needs, but I will help point you towards resources and ideas to encourage you on this new journey. For most of us, we will be managing some aspect of our child’s life as long as we can. So part of this adult plan will be deciding on our child’s capabilities and if legal guardianship is necessary. Discuss this with your child, your child’s doctor and your family. Have realistic expectations going into this new season.

 

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Homeschooling Your Special Needs Child Through High School

High school, homeschool, and special needs

For those of us blessed with special learners in our homeschool families, we can take a deep breath and look back at all we have accomplished once we reach the high school years. At the same time, we are looking ahead and wondering if we have the strength to keep going, wondering what high school really looks like, and wondering what the future looks like for our special needs high school student.

You’ve made it to the high school years! You are doing great! I hope to inspire you and give you helpful tidbits to keep you going. Let me start by telling you my story.

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Why It’s Actually Good to Take a Therapy Break

Taking a therapy break doesn’t have to be scary

By the time I’d been a mother for four years, my two boys had received more diagnoses than I had fingers on my hands. And before I knew it, my life revolved around therapies and appointments for both boys. When I wasn’t taking the kids to an appointment, I was researching what else I could be doing to help them. Would another type of therapy or specialist be the answer?

I was struggling with anxiety and depression, but I kept on, determined to do everything in my power to help my boys.

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