(Or one that had an IEP if they were previously in a public school)?
I had trouble with this one since I have no experience in this aspect, but I wanted to help gather some advice and information for a friend who asked me this question and I thought maybe the responses could help others as well, so here they are:
Jennifer P: “A lot of IEP “stuff” is accommodations to work around the standardized institutional environment of school. It can allow the child to take breaks, leave the classroom if overwhelmed, have more time on tests etc. NONE of that is needed when you homeschool”.
Janet A: I have an almost 15 yr old granddaughter and 13 yr old grandson and 8 yr old granddaughter. All have dyslexia. Two have ADHD. Two have type 1 diabetes. One has sensory disorder.
All had IEP and or 504 plans. I pulled them out of public school this past Feb.
We have taken homeschooling slow and easy. I use an online curriculum and supplement with print outs. We stay on whatever task and subject until they get it. I have gone back several grade levels in math to catch them up and fill in the gaps they did not understand. I read aloud most language arts assignments and history. We do lots of hands on science. We take lots of field trips.
Learning from different places helps them retain better and it is fun for them.
Phillip N Suzanne: I pulled my now 7 year old Downs Syndrome son from public school with 3 months left in the year. We are still figuring out what is going to work for us, he can still get speech through school and I am looking at different preschool resources. He may have to start seeing an outside OT, but right now he is doing good. He can barely write and does not recognize all his numbers and letters. The school was just moving him up grade levels because of his age, not his skills. that is one of many reasons I pulled him
Rushell K: Well, my son has struggled with ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety. His last year at public school was 5th grade, and we had a 504 meeting (his grades were too high from elementary to do an IEP). End of the meeting they agreed he qualified for a 504 plan. Long story short, by the end of the year I saw a copy of the plan – with no accommodations or anything we had discussed written on it.
My daughter had a speech delay and had an IEP. She was in special needs preschool from age 3, which I am very thankful for because they helped my baby learn to talk.
With my son – any accommodations he might need in a classroom (such as help with organization, remembering to turn in assignments, and someone to talk to when he’s feeling anxious or upset) aren’t needed here at home. It’s a daily battle sometimes, but I just try to figure out what he needs and try to help him through it.
For my daughter, I admit I am still learning. But she has come a long way, and so have I – we are learning together, and that’s not such a bad thing. I am learning what works best to help her learn through trial and error I guess.
I also have a wonderful support group, including doctors and counselors for my kids and for me, and of course this group and many others with kids in very similar situations who have been there, perhaps longer than I have.
Teachers (in the schools) are only with your kids for about 7 hours of the day. And they are with you the remainder of the time and have been since birth. Who do you think will be the best expert for your kids?