Special Needs

Special Needs At Our House

Special Needs

I recently read this article about dysgraphia.

In the past I wrote a list of resources about dysgraphia and I wrote about our struggles with writing and how I thought that Moses might have dysgraphia.

The article that I mentioned earlier about dysgraphia has been up in the tabs of my browser for several days now. I have read it over and over.

What I love most are the “Real World” helps that Kim suggests. She has some really great ideas. While we have tried some of the ideas in the past, there were many new ideas that I am eager to give a go.

The three ideas that stood out the most to me (and there were several more) were:

  • get a label maker (I seriously had not thought about this!)
  • don’t just use pencils (try markers, highlighters, or pens)
  • make creative writing a separate class (LOVE this idea)

I am very thankful that I found this blog post before I start thinking seriously about materials for next year.

What adaptations do you make for your homeschool students? 

When Math Isn’t Working

Homeschooling With Special Needs

When math isn’t working, what do you do? Well, I go looking for something different.

Elisha is 11 and he has Autism and ADHD. He has a brilliant mind, but one of the main things he struggles with is putting pen to paper. Well, that and self-motivation for things that don’t interest him.

We thought we would eliminate that by getting Teaching Textbooks for him. We put it on a used laptop that we purchased specifically for that purpse.

We discovered that the laptop was in the process of dying so we tried to do a save and transfer of data for Teaching Textbooks. When we put the data on the next used laptop, it was not there. The save and transfer function had not worked. UGH!

Thankfully we purchased the workbooks as well. We plug away at the workbooks for a while. Then we hit a complete brick wall. He doesn’t want to do math any more. He fights it every day.

Now, it is on to plan B. I went searching the internet for grade 6 level math. One that I wouldn’t have to pay for because I have exhausted the current year’s budget AND we will be ordering next year’s materials soon.

So I went searching and this is what I found. Well, I found many things, but this is what we decided on to get us through the rest of the year.

What does math look like at your house? 

Valentine’s Day Sensory Play

Sensory Place

What follows is a list of some amazing sensory buckets and activities. All the posts have great pictures, so take some time to visit and plot some fun adventures for your children.

  1. Valentine’s Sensory Bucket
  2. Valentine Touchy Feely Hearts
  3. Baking Sensory Tub
  4. Valentine’s Day Sensory Box
  5. Valentine’s Sensory Bucket
  6. Valentine’s Day Sensory Bucket
  7. February Sensory Tub
  8. Valentine’s Day Sensory And Imagination Bin
  9. Sensory Heaven
  10. Valentine’s Day Sensory Tub
  11. Learning About Love, Valentine’s Sensory Bin, And Playdoh
  12. Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin
  13. February Sensory Tub
  14. Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin

special needs

While these sensory play activities are good for any child, they are particularly useful for children with sensory issues or other special needs.

What sensory activities are you planning for Valentine’s Day? 

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