Homeschooling Special Needs and Gifted Children

Special Education Services

Those filing letters of intent to homeschool (See Option 1 in our Law Summary) have little to no chance of recieving special education services through the public school. But there is a readily available alternate route for access to special education services.

A family who has been using Option 1 can switch to Option 2 (recognized private school). Private school students have access to special education services. Many such schools are set up so that the private school instruction is delivered by the parents in their respective homes. All the best things about homeschooling continue.

If you are a homeschooler who needs access to special education services, consider enrolling in a recognized private school that is friendly toward parent-delivered instruction. Families using Option 2 are still eligible for membership in HSLDA. In fact, HSLDA membership is highly recommended!



Sometimes homeschooling a gifted child or a child with special needs can be a challenge.  Below are some resources to help and encourage you in your journey!


The Hollingworth Center


Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner 
A great resource for parents of struggling learners wherever you are!
The blog of noted author and speaker Carol Barnier.  She has great books, tips, and encouragement for all!

National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network 
Encouraging homeschooling families with special needs children, in ways to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and equip parents to confidently homeschool their children with special needs or disabilities.

Dianne Craft - Solutions for Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Struggling Learners
Inside this website you will find free articles and videos that will inform you as to what could be the real problem that your child might be facing.  My Daily Lesson Plans for Struggling Learners are also available here for free.

Love and Learning
This website had resources for reading and language development for ages birth through three years.  These resources may also be appropriate for older non-verbal children.

Homeschooling Kids with Disabilities
This site contains many links to resources for various disabilities.

Wonderland Homeschool
The blog of a mom homeschooling twin boys with special needs.

Tammy Glaser - Why Our Family Homeschools 
This website is full of resources based on one mom's experience homeschooling a daughter with autism.  There are many links and tons of information available here.

Barton Reading & Spelling System
A website with great resources for those with Dyslexia.