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Resources for Learners with Special Needs

Do you have a child with special needs?

Homeschooling is a wonderful way to customize your student education in a way that works best for them.

Do you have additional questions? Contact us directly.

Join the conversation!

IAHE Struggling Learners Homeschool Support Group – Come and chat with other Indiana homeschool moms who have children with special needs.  Share resources and learn from others. This is a place where you can ask questions and get advice from others in your area.

General Resources

  • HSLDA Special Needs – Unclear of your child’s exact learning challenge? Use the yellow tab at the top of the link.
  • Almaden Valley Christian School – Almaden Valley Christian School is a home education service for families of children with learning differences, difficulties and disabilities. We provide information, consulting and resources to parents teaching their children at home.
  • Davis Dyslexia Correction – Offers curriculum suitable for homeschooling parents to work with pre-K through 3rd grade. Jodi Baugh is local Davis facilitator ().
  • Dianne Craft – Child Diagnostics
  • Easyread System – The Easyread System is a fully supported online phonics course for children with dyslexia, auditory processing issues and highly visual learning styles who struggle to read and write.
  • Homeschooling a Struggling Learner – HSLDA – Help for special needs families
  • I Can – International Christian Association of Neurodevelopmentalists
  • Joyce Herzog – Educational Support
  • JoyQuest – JoyQuest offers faith-based support to Indiana families with special needs children and struggling learners with a focus on the educational challenges.
  • National Challenged Home Schoolers Associated Network (NATHHAN) – Encouraging homeschooling families with special needs children, in ways that glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and equipping parents to confidently homeschool their children with special needs or disabilities.

Tools for Students with Dyslexia

Tools for Students with Autism or Asperger’s

  • Lego-based Therapy – A book on how to build social competence through Lego-based clubs for children with autism or other related conditions *** Want to start your own club? Let IAHE know and we will advertise it for you.
  • Lego Printables – An enormous list from a blogger of free Lego printables

More Resources by Topic

ADD/ADHD

BOOKS

Driven to Distraction:  Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood to Adulthood– Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World: Unlocking the Potential of Your ADD Child – Jeffrey Freed, Laurie Parsons
Raising a Left-Brain Child in a Right-Brain World: Strategies for Helping Bright, Quirky, Socially Awkward Children to Thrive at Home and at School – Katharine Beals
The ADHD Workbook for Kids: Helping Children Gain Self -Confidence, Social Skills and Self-Control – Lawrence E. Shapiro
Heads Up Helping!! Teaching Tips and Techniques for Working with ADD, ADHD and Other Children with Challenges – Melinda L. Boring
Is Your Child Hyperactive? Inattentive? Impulsive? Distractible? Helping the ADD/Hyperactive Child
– Stephen W. Garber, Marianne Daniels Garber, Robyn Freedman Spizman
The Ritalin-Free Child: Managing Hyperactivity & Attention Deficits Without Drugs
 – Diana Hunter
Stop A.D.D. Naturally: Cutting Edge Information on Amino Acids, Brain Function and A.D.D. Behavior – Billie Sahley
Helping Your ADD Child: Hundreds of Practical Solutions for Parents and Teachers of ADD Children and Teens (With or Without Hyperactivity) – John F. Taylor
The ADHD Book of Lists A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders – Sandra Rief
Teaching Teens with ADD and ADHD A Quick Reference Guide for Teachers and Parents – Chris Zeigler Dendy
Carbohydrate Addicted Kids Help Your Child or Teen Break Free of Junk Food and Sugar Cravings–for Life! – Richard Heller, Rachel Heller
The Sensory Connection An OT and SLP Team Approach – Nancy Kashman, Janet Mora
How to Get Your Child off the Refrigerator and on to Learning – Carol Barnier
No More Ritalin – Mary Ann Block
The ADHD Autism Connection: A Step Toward More Accurate Diagnosis And Effective Treatment – Diane Kennedy
The Parent’s Guide to Attention Deficit Disorders – Stephen B. McCarney, Angela Marie Bauer
Help For Your Hyperactive Child – William Crook
Smart But Feeling Dumb – Harold Levinson
Teaching the Tiger:A Handbook for Individuals Involved in the Education of Students with Attention Deficit Disorders, Tourette Syndrome or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – Marilyn Dornbush, Sheryl Pruitt
Crazy Makers: Chapter 4 Feeding Your Child’s Brain – Carol Simontacchi
Homeschooling the Child with ADD or Other Special Needs – Lenore Colacion Hayes
Is Your Child Really ADHD? – Stephen Guffanti

SOFTWARE

Sharper Brain   sharperprograms.com
Play Attention   playattention.com

WEBSITES

ADHD or Active Child?  adhdoractivechild.com
Westfield Academy Top 10 Teaching Tips for Children with ADD/ADHD  westfieldacademy.org
Dianne Craft  diannecraft.org
Homeschool Central  homeschoolcentral.com
The Block Center  blockcenter.com
Equipping Minds  equippingminds.com
The Family Hope Center  familyhopecenter.com

ATTACHMENT/ADOPTION

BOOKS

The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to your Adoptive Family – Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross
I Love You Rituals – Becky A. Bailey
Theraplay:  Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Therapy – Phyllis B. Booth
Games and Activities for Attaching with your Child – Deborah D Gray, Megan Clarke
Attaching Through Love, Hugs and Play: Simple Strategies to Help Build Connections with Your Child – Deborah Gray

AUTISM - ASPERGER

BOOKS

Sensory Integration and the Young Child – Jean Ayres
The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder –
Carol Kranowitz
Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments –
Brenda Smith Miles, Jack Southwick
Upsidedown Brilliance –
Linda Silverman
Asperger Syndrome: A Guide For Educators and Parents –
Brenda Smith Miles, Richard Simpson

WEBSITES

Wrightslaw  wrightslaw.com
Model Me Kids  modelmekids.com
Gifted Development Center  gifteddevelopment.com

AUTISM

BOOKS

Autism – Stephanie Marohn
Children with Autism – Michael Powers
Children with Starving Brains – Jaquelyn McCandless
Homeschooling Children with Special Needs – Sharon Hensley  almadenvalleychristianschool.com
Recovery Against All Odds – Kristi Chrysler
Siblings of Children with Autism: A Guide for Families – Sandra L. Harris, Beth A. Glasberg
The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program – Mark Sundberg

SOFTWARE

Rethink Ed  rethinked.com
Maximum Potential Kids  maximumpotentialkids.com

WEBSITES

Autism Today  autismtoday.com
Autism Speaks  autismspeaks.org
Autism Web  autismweb.com
Parents Rearing & Educating Autistic Children in Christian Homes  groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/PREACCH/info
Skills Global  skillsforautism.com
Social Skill Builder  socialskillbuilder.com
Teach2Talk  teach2talk.com
Do 2 Learn  do2learn.com

AUDITORY PROCESSING DYSFUNCTION

BOOKS

Brain Integration Therapy for Children – Dianne Craft

WEBSITES

Advanced Brain Technologies  advancedbrain.com
Samonas  samonas.com

A STRUGGLING RIGHT BRAIN LEARNER

BOOKS

Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World: Unlocking the Potential of Your ADD Child – Jeffrey Freed, Laurie Parsons

SOFTWARE

Inspiration  inspiration.com/Kidspiration

WEBSITE

Dianne Craft  diannecraft.org

DOWN SYNDROME

BOOKS

Teaching Reading To Children With Down Syndrome – Patricia Logan Oelwein  woodbinehouse.com
Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and Other Hands-On Learners: Strategies and Materials – DeAnna Horstmeier
Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals – Libby Kumin
Fine Motor Skills for Children with Down syndrome:  A Guide for Parents and Professionals – Maryann Bruni
Gross Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome:  A Guide for Parents and Professionals – Patricia C. Winders
Whole Child Reading:  A Quick Start Guide to Teaching Students with Down Syndrome and Other Developmental Delays– Natalie Hale
Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome: The Respond but Don’t React Method – David Stein

WEBSITES

National Association for Down Syndrome  nads.org
Downsyn  downsyn.com
Woodbine House  woodbinehouse.com

DYSGRAPHIA

BOOKS

Teaching Your Special Needs Student – Judith B. Munday – learn@helpinschool.net or 757-482-5709
The Student Education Plan
– Judith B. Munday – learn@helpinschool.net or 757-482-5709
Brain Integration Therapy Manual
– Dianne Craft
Handwriting Without Tears Manual
– Jan Olsen  lwtears.com

WEBSITE

Dianne Craft diannecraft.org

DYSLEXIA

 BOOKS

Dyslexia 101 – Marianne Sunderland
The Dyslexic Advantage – Brock L. Eide and Fernette F. Eide
The Source for Dyslexia and Dysgraphia – Regina Richard – Lingui Systems Publishers, 800-776-4332
Overcoming Dyslexia – Sally Shaywitz
Homeschooling Children with Special Needs – Sharon Hensley
Learning in Spite of Labels – Joyce Herzog
The LCP Solution: The Remarkable Nutritional Treatment for ADHD, Dyslexia & Dyspraxia – Jacqueline Stordy
At Last! A reading Method for every Child – Mary Pecci  onlinereadingteacher.com
Recipe for Ready – Nina Traub

SOFTWARE

Natural Reader  naturalreaders.com
Spacejock  spacejock.com/yRead.html
Nuance  nuance.com
Kurzweil Education  kurzweiledu.com

CURRICULUM

Barton Reading & Spelling System  bartonreading.com

WEBSITES

Bright Solutions for Dyslexia dys_add.com
Abundant Life mariannesunderland.com
Lexercise lexercise.com
Homeschooling with Dyslexia homeschoolingwithdyslexia.com
Learning Ally learningally.org
Slingerland Institute for Literacy slingerland.org
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities smartkidswithld.org
Davis Dyslexia Association International dyslexia.com
The Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation schwabfoundation.org
LD Online ldonline.org
Homeschool Central homeschoolcentral.com
International Dyslexia Association dyslexiaida.org
Secret Stories thesecretstories.com
The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity dyslexia.yale.edu
All About Learning Press allaboutlearningpress.com

GIFTED CHILDREN

BOOKS

Twice Exceptional Gifted Children: Understanding, Teaching and Counseling Gifted Students – Beverly Trail
Perfectionism: What is so Bad about Being Good – Miriam Adderholdt, Jan Goldberg
Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students – Todd Stanley
Coping for Capable Kids: Strategies for Parents, Teachers and Students – LeoNora Cohen, Erica Frydenburg
Living with Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents and Adults – Michael M. Piechowski, Susan Daniels
A Collection of Math Lessons from Grades 1 through 3 – Marilyn Burns, Bonnie Tank
The Good Time Math Event Book – Marilyn Burns
Developing Students’ Multiple Intelligences – Kristen Nicholson-Nelson – published by Scholastic
Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom – Thomas Armstrong
You’re Smarter Than You Think: A Kid’s Guide to Multiple Intelligences – Thomas Armstrong
In Their Way:  Discovering and Encouraging your Child’s Multiple Intelligences – Thomas Armstrong

WEBSITES

Gifted Development Center  gifteddevelopment.com
Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page  hoagiesgifted.org/home_school.htm
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum  giftedhomeschoolers.org

INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

BOOKS

Homeschooling Children with Special Needs – Sharon Hensley  almadenvalleychristianschool.com
When Slow Is Fast Enough – Joan Goodman
God’s Special Child – Donna Adee
Slow and Steady Get Me Ready – June Oberlander

SENSORY PROCESSING DYSFUNCTION

BOOKS

The Out-Of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder – Carol Stock Kranowitz
The Out-Of-Sync Child Has Fun:  Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder – Carol Stock Kranowitz
Sensory Integration and the Young Child – Jean Ayres
Is Your Child’s Brain Starving? – Michael Lyon
Crazy Makers – Carol Simontacchi
Homeschooling Children with Special Needs – Sharon Hensley

SPEECH DISORDERS

BOOKS

Communicating Partners:  30 Years of Building Responsive Relationships with Late-Talking Children Including Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Down Syndrome and Typical Development – James D. MacDonald
Childhood Speech, Language & Listening Problems – Patricia Hamaguchi
Mouth Madness: Oral Motor Activities for Children – Catherine Orr
The Late Talker: What to Do If Your Child Isn’t Talking Yet – Marilyn C. Agin, Lisa F. Geng, Malcolm Nicholl
Speaking of Apraxia: A Parents’ Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech – Leslie A. Lindsay

WEBSITES

The Communicating Partners Center  jamesdmacdonald.org
Love and Learning  loveandlearning.com
Watch My Words  watchmywords.com
Super Star Speech  superstarspeech.com
Woodbine House  woodbinehouse.com
Label & Learn  labelandlearn.com
Super Duper Publications  superduperinc.com
Linguisystems  linguisystems.com
Mommy Speech Therapy mommyspeechtherapy.com

APPS

Articulation Station littlebeespeech.com

VISION IMPAIRED

CURRICULUM

Learning Ally  learningally.org
Kester Braille  kesterbraille.com

WEBSITES

Assemblies of God Center for the Blind  blind.ag.org
Homeschooling Your Vision Impaired Child  angelfire.com/fl/reading4u/hsingvichild.html