Homeschool: Resources for Meeting Special Challenges (page 2)
All Kinds of Minds. The website of Dr. Mel Levine, author of The Myth of Laziness, offers help for students who struggle with learning.
CA-HEAL: California Home Education for Alternative Learners (CA-HEAL). Email list of California families who are (or are interested in) homeschooling their special needs children.
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. Programs for the blind or visually impaired, with an online audio bookstore that has more than 17,000 fiction and non-fiction titles. Toll free: (877) 324-5252,
Computers for Handicapped Independence Program. Information on software and hardware for persons with varied limitations in motor, vision, learning, hearing, or cognitive skills.
Davis Dyslexia Correction. Tools to overcome problems with reading, writing, and attention focus. (888) 999-3324.
Developmental Services, funded by the State of California. Twenty-one Regional Centers serving mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism. For referrals to your area (for any age child), call Early Start Program at (800) 515-BABY,
Different Roads to Learning. A catalog of materials and books for children with special needs. (800) 853-1057
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, "Chronically Inflexible" Children, by Ross W. Greene. Harper Collins Publishers, 1998.
HSC Specialized Contacts. Experienced people you can contact for information on special needs.
FAQs On Homeschooling Special Needs. Sharon Hensley, an educational consultant.
Gifted. Nine pages of organized links to information concerning homeschooling the gifted child. The wide range of topics include articles, resources, email lists, research, and distance learning programs, and more--compiled by Ann Zeise of A to Z Home's Cool.
Handwriting Without Tears. Program developed by an occupational therapist and handwriting specialist. (301) 263-2700.
Internet Chats. Available online for a number of challenges. Contact Carol Edson for information, firstname.lastname@example.org or (925) 455-0465.
Laureate Special Needs Software. Offers a variety of programs for language acquisition. (800) 562-6801
Lindamood-Bell's Auditory Discrimination. In-depth program (and other programs) on CD-ROM and in workshops. (800) 233-1819.
NATHHAN: National Challenged Homeschoolers Association. (Christian), 5383 Alpine Rd. SE, Olalla, WA 98359, (208) 267-6246.
NorCal Center on Deafness, Inc. Offers workshops, social events, and a summer camp for the deaf and hard of hearing. 1820 Tribute Road, Suite A, Sacramento, CA 95815. TTY/Voice (916) 349-7500.
Parents Active for Vision Education. An information resource by parents and teachers of children who had once suffered the effects of undiagnosed vision problems. (800) PAVE-988.
Recorded Books. Thousands of unabridged titles by favorite authors, narrated by critically acclaimed actors. (800) 638-1304.
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic. Non-profit, for those with documented visual impairment, learning disability or other physical disability which makes reading standard print difficult or impossible. (800) 221-4792.
Sensory Integration Network. Resources and information about sensory integration.
Shriners. Free medical services for orthopedically challenged and burn victims, (800) 237-5055.
Periodicals and Books on a Variety of Special Challenges
At Our Own Pace. A popular newsletter for special needs. Jean Kulczyk, 102 Willow Dr., Waukegan, IL 60087, email@example.com
Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception. Thom Hartmann. A new perception of ADD that suggests that ADD may have many positive and beneficial aspects. Also author of Healing ADD, Beyond ADD, and Thomas Hartman's Complete Guide to ADD. Excerpts at http://www.thomhartmann.com
Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius, In Their Own Way, and The Myth of the ADD Child. Dr. Thomas Armstrong.
Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism. Catherine Maurice, editor. Pro-Ed, Inc., 1996. 8700 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin, TX 78757-6897.
The Child with Special Needs. Stanley I. Greenspan, MD et al. Covers all kinds of disabilities (including cerebral palsy, autism, retardation, ADD, and language problems), and offers specific ways of helping all special needs children reach their full intellectual and emotional potential.
The Difficult Child. Stanley Turecki. Bantam Books, 1985.
Exceptional Parent Magazine. P.O. Box 2078, Marion, OH 43306-2178, (877) 372-7368.
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, "Chronically Inflexible" Children. Ross W. Greene. Harper Collins Publishers, 1998.
The Gift of Dyslexia. Ronald D. Davis, http://www.dyslexia.com
The Home School Source Book. Jean and Donn Reed. Includes resources on Living With Chronic or Terminal illness, Death and Dying. They will provide the books at cost when needed. (877) 375-4680 firstname.lastname@example.org Brook Farm Books, PO Box 246, Bridgewater, ME 04735.
Homeschooling Children with Special Needs. Sharon C. Hensley, MA (educational consultant), reviews of many resources (Christian perspective).
Homeschooling the Child with ADD or Other Special Needs: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the Child with Learning Differences. Leonore Colacíon Hayes. Insights on the challenges and joys of homeschooling special-needs children. http://www.bayshoreeducational.com/special.html
The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived. Lee Carroll and Jan Tober. Hay House Publishers, 1999. http://www.indigochild.com
Learning in Spite of Labels. Joyce Herzog. Practical strategies for working with children with learning disabilities (Christian perspective). http://www.joyceherzog.com
Life Skills Activities for Special Children. Darlene Mannix. Learning how to understand and fit into the real world and develop skills needed to become more independent. Mannix has also written Social Skills for Special Children, which features stories, lessons, and hands-on activities (grades 2-6) for becoming aware of and developing socially acceptable behavior.
Negotiating the Special Education Maze: A Guide for Parents and Teachers. Winifred Anderson et al. From eligibility and evaluation to the IEP and beyond. This edition covers changes in disability laws and much more. Excerpts at http://www.ldonline.org/ld_indepth/parenting/maze.html
The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction. Carol Stock Kranowitz. Perigree, 1998.
Step by Step. Colleen Rose. Therapy for cerebral palsy, to teach the brain through repetition and various techniques.
Thinking in Pictures: My Life and Other Reports of My Life with Autism. Temple Grandin. A personal account by a successful adult, including information from the frontlines of autism, on treatment, medication, diagnosis, and insights into genius, savants, and sensory phenomena. http://www.autism.org/temple/page1.html
You Don't Have To Be Dyslexic. Dr. Joan M. Smith. Excerpts at http://www.ldonline.org/ld_indepth/parenting/maze.html
Reprinted with the permission of the HomeSchool Association of California. © 2007–2008 by HomeSchool Association of California. All rights reserved.
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