Special Needs and Gifted

Create the Individualized Plan That's Right for Your Child!

Homeschooling children with unique needs can be challenging! It requires sacrifice, diligence and patience. However, a loving home environment is often the most effective way to teach these special children with success. Below are some resources to help and encourage you on your journey.  




HOME Bookshelf - Check out some of our personal curriculum favorites for struggling learners in HOME's Bookstore.


HOME Unit Studies - The unit study approach can often be an effective way to engage both gifted and struggling learners and cover all required subjects at the same time! Read more about various homeschool methods, including the unit study method.


Pre-assembled portfolios for the special needs student - Whether your child has trouble reading, writing or completing workbook pages, or has difficulty in other areas, this portfolio was created with him/her in mind. By including more journal logs, photographs and dictation pages, as well as modified subject cover pages, and special needs introductory pages, you can demonstrate what your child has covered, and the progress made.


Legal Considerations

Public School Access to Services 

Homeschoolers are eligible to receive special education services at their resident school unit’s public school. The public school has an obligation to provide such services only in the event that the student elects to participate in classes at the school, and only to the extent that those services are necessary, due to the student’s disability, to enable the student to participate in those classes. On the Maine Department of Education's website, click "State Regulation: Chapter 101" to download and read the regulation. See Section IV.4.H.


Legal Protection

Because your child's progress and learning may be less typical, legal protection is strongly recommended. For peace of mind and excellent support, join HSLDA.


Record Keeping

Documentation is especially important for special learners. Developing an IEP to set forth goals, chart progress and demonstrate how special needs are being met can be very beneficial. 


Group portfolio reviews for special learners will satisfy your annual assessment requirement. These group reviews are smaller and more personalized to address the challenges you face as you homeschool your unique learner. Watch for dates and locations.


More Resources

Resources for Homeschooling Gifted Children


Hoagies' Gifted Education Page

The all-things-gifted site, full of resources, articles, books and links to help and support parents, teachers, and gifted children alike.  Pick your path, and re them all!


The Hollingworth Center


Resources for Homeschooling Children with Special Needs


Autism Society of Maine

Offers free services to Maine families. ASM has Autism Information Specialists that are experienced in helping people navigate what to do next after a diagnosis and offers social groups and support groups to all ages online and in-person. They can help parents with transitioning to homeschooling. 


Helpful Articles by Subject

Hundreds of informational and encouraging articles on a wide variety of topics.


HSLDA/Special Needs:

Resources that help determine if your child is a struggling learner, what help is available to you, and the legal considerations of homeschooling children with special needs.


G,E,A,R. Parent Network

G.E.A.R. is run by parents for parents and provides services for parents of children with emotional and behavioral health concerns.



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.


SPED A national nonprofit providing support, resources and encouragement to the special education homeschool community 


Tammy Glaser 

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.


Timberdoodle Autism Center

Blogs, articles and product reviews.


Barton Reading & Spelling System

A website with great resources for those with Dyslexia.


Woodfords Family Services

Woodfords is a private agency that provide an array of clinical, behavioral health and educational programs to children, youth and adults living with autism, developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities and/or mental health diagnoses throughout Maine.