Special Needs and Gifted

Embrace the challenge!

Homeschooling children with unique needs can be challenging! It will require much 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. Please join us in our Facebook group to share your struggles and triumphs, too!


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. 


New for 2019! Group portfolio reviews for gifted and special learners to satisfy your annual assessment requirement. These group reviews will be smaller and more personalized to address the challenges you face as you homeschool your unique learner. Watch for dates and locations.


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


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.


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.


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


Love and Learning

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


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.


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.