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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Have you got picky eaters?
I think it’s pretty universally well known that special needs children can be considered by most to be picky eaters. I know, it’s not so much that they’re just “picky eaters,” but more likely sensory issues and routines adding to the “pickiness.”
Sometimes it’s beyond what we can fix, but I think there’s always a little improvement we can make with our “picky eaters.” Eating healthy can be a struggle for all of us, honestly. As adults, we’re tempted daily by the oodles and gobs of food that present itself to us.
In the blink of an eye, we can literally have almost any food item that we want, delivered right to our front door. Papa John’s recently added GF pizza to their line up, as has Dominoes, so my budget is the only thing keeping me strong there!
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Try homeschool gardening to make learning (and life) a bit more fun
If your kids like learning with hands-on activities, homeschool gardening is a great idea. Now is probably the time to start, no matter where you’re located. Having and planting your own garden is a wonderful way for anyone can have the option to enjoy fresh fruits and veggies straight from their own backyard for many months out of the year.
It’s not only a healthier option, it can actually be quite a money saver as well! Think of the time and money that you can save by literally just walking out to your backyard to grab some veggies for dinner that night rather than hopping in the car and driving to the store. Each time you head to the store, a couple different things happen…
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Our first year of homeschool had basically zero life skills lessons in it
I was so freaked out our first year of homeschooling, that all I could think about was making sure I hit every standard and goal. Let’s just survive this year without killing each other mode. Life Skills lessons were the last thing on my list. Raise your hand if that was you too! 😉 Then I got to thinking, “Is my kid going to need to know every single scientific fact that we are learning?” Maybe. “Is he going to need to be prepared to live on his own?” Hopefully. Realistically, I think my son will live on his own one day and I want him to be prepared for that. If you suspect your kids will be on their own one day, are you teaching them that way? If not, there is help for you here!
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