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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Finding Your Tribe When You’re a Homeschool Mom

It is so easy to become isolated as a mother, let alone as a homeschool mom

We spend so much time taking care of other people, we sometimes come last (or not at all). We need connection though. We need to feel not alone. When we feel connected to other people, we are more able to bear the burdens we struggle within our lives. The key to finding this connection and relief is to find people that understand you, love you, and make you feel relaxed in their company: your tribe.  Finding your tribe, as a homeschool mom, is important.

As the parents of a child with special needs and homeschoolers, we have a couple more obstacles in our path to finding the right people to include in our circle. As a severe introvert, I especially find this difficult. I have learned a few things through trial and error and talking with people I trust, and I want to share those thoughts with you so if you are feeling alone, you can start to connect.

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Wondering If You Can Homeschool Your Child with Special Needs?

You can homeschool your special needs child!

You know your child the best. A homeschooling environment can be controlled and designed with your child’s special needs in mind. And, in most cases, you can still get access to all the services your child may need. It may even be easier to accommodate those appointments without sacrificing their education too, by homeschooling!

Homeschooling a special needs child is often not supported by the doctors, specialists, and therapist we work with. Many parents can feel pressured to put their child in school.  With claims of “qualified professionals” and “easier access to services” it’s easy to understand. But homeschooling can be one of the best ways you can support your child and ensure they get the best education they can.

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5 Easy Ways to Add Therapy to Your School Day

A million therapy tasks, with little wiggle room in your day

Is the idea of therapy daunting for you?  If you’re just starting your journey with special needs homeschooling, you may be wondering what to expect from therapy.  Here’s what it’s really like to have a kid working with a bunch of therapists.

Speech therapist: “This week I want you to work on smooth sentences using familiar books and poems he can repeat.”

Occupational therapist: “I want you to focus on proper pencil grip and calming techniques for meltdowns this week.”

Physical therapist: “He needs to work on core strength.  Keep working on his animal walks and start doing yoga.”

Me: *silently panicking* HOW ON EARTH am I supposed to fit in all this ‘homework’ for therapy and still get SCHOOL and LIFE done!?!”

Have you been there?

Are you there now?

Fear not!  Here are 5 easy ways to add therapy into your day!

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Coloring and the like for easy self-care

Coloring is fun for adults too

So is painting!  If you feel like, “I can’t draw worth a darn, and it’s only going to stress me out more,” then consider an adult coloring book or grab some on Pinterest.  There’s also the option of taking classes online.  There are tons of platforms with online art lessons or even YouTube.

In 2017, I purchased the Made with Love ultimate bundle and was HOOKED with the Craftsy class I received through it.  I hadn’t heard of it before then.  We chose an illustration class and ended up using it for our homeschool art lessons.  It was really relaxing and fun to kick back and learn the basics of illustration for picture books.

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