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Archive for May, 2011

The Home Is the Ideal Environment for Special Needs Children

All children need to know they are loved. For children with special needs it is even more important. Homeschooling gives special-needs children teachers (the parents) who truly love them and intimately know their weaknesses and strengths. This gives parents a tremendous advantage in delivering an effective education program to their children.

Homeschooling also gives the parents an opportunity to teach what really matters. Having a handicap, as I have said, is a daily struggle. A handicapped child is constantly aware of his weakness and inability and this can often regularly lead to feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy. In homeschooling, parents can spend much time teaching their special-needs child that they were created in the image of God. They have worth and value because God loves them. Their struggles and difficulties have purpose in glorifying God and being conformed more into the image of His Son.

They can learn “not to lose heart. Though our outward man is decaying, our inward man is being renewed day by day. For this momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen but at the things which are seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (II Corinthians 4:16-18). If a child accepts Jesus as his Savior and believes He died on the cross for their sins and rose again, he knows he will be healed one day in heaven, if not before.

Weakness and disability remind us of our mortality and our great need for a Savior. The spiritual object lessons to be drawn from the our children’s handicap are endless and of eternal value to them and the whole family. I can truly say my multiple sclerosis and Amy’s limitations are blessings that are reaping tremendous spiritual growth. God is teaching us to walk by faith, not sight. (II Corinthians 5:7).

Excerpt from : http://www.home-school.com/Articles/phs40-chrisklicka.html

Parents Excel in Teaching Their Special Needs Children

Objective studies demonstrate that parents provide a superior form of education for their special-needs children by teaching them at home. Contrary to the claims of the education elite, parents do not have to be specially certified or have special qualifications to teach their handicapped children at home.

In fact, in one of the most thorough studies performed thus far, Dr. Steven Duvall conducted a year-long study involving eight elementary and two junior high students with learning disabilities. He compared one group of five students that received instruction at home with a group of five students who attended public schools. He was careful to match the public school students to the homeschool students according to grade level, sex, I.Q., and area of disability. Using a laptop computer, Dr. Duvall sat in on teaching sessions and took an observation every twenty seconds, creating tens of thousands of data points that were then fed into a statistical analysis package. Usually his research included a second observer who double-checked Dr. Duvall’s readings. Dr. Duvall recorded and analyzed academically engaged time by students during instructional periods. He also administered standardized achievement tests to them to measure gains in reading, math and written language. His results show that the homeschool, special needs students were academically engaged about two and one-half times as often as public school special needs students! He found the children in the public school special education classrooms spent 74.9 percent of their time with no academic responses, while the homeschool children only spent 40.7 percent of their time with no academic responses. He also found that homeschools have children and teachers sitting side-by-side or face-to-face 43 percent of the time, while public education classrooms had such an arrangement for special needs children only 6 percent of the time. This was a tremendous advantage for the homeschoolers.

His study further demonstrated that the homeschool students averaged six months’ gain in reading compared to only a one-half month gain by the special public school students. Furthermore, the homeschool special-needs students during the year gained eight months in written language skills compared to the public school counterparts, who gained only two and one-half months

Dr. Duvall summarized, “These results clearly indicate that parents, even though they are not certified teachers, can create instructional environments at home that assist students with learning disabilities to improve their academic skills. This study clearly shows that homeschooling is beneficial for special-needs students.”1

It is interesting to note that Thomas Edison was expelled from public school at age seven because he was considered “addled” by his public school teacher. He lasted only three months in formal schooling. Over the next three years, his mother taught him the basics at home, and as Edison himself stated, “She instilled in me the love and purpose of learning.”2 Without any special qualifications, Mrs. Edison helped her son overcome his disabilities to be come a great inventor.

Once again we see homeschooling works for any child!

Excerpt from : http://www.home-school.com/Articles/phs40-chrisklicka.html