The Benefits of Homeschooling Your ADD/ADHD Child
Each family has to decide whether homeschooling will work for their ADD/ADHD child. In some cases, leaving the work force or juggling work and homeschool is easier on a family than continuing mainstream school that is not working for a child.
“Several parents told me they home-schooled to reduce the stress in their life,” says Kathy Kuhl, author of Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner, and an ADD/ADHD coach. “One mom I know left her job as a teacher’s aide because the stress of trying to get services for her son was damaging her health.”
Other homeschool benefits include:
- Avoiding those mad dashes to catch the bus.
- Holding parent-teacher conferences at the dinner table -- or the nearest mirror.
- Knowing exactly what your child is learning and when he is goofing off.
- Having free time for creative play, such as art and music appreciation, which have been cut from many schools.
- Incorporating a child’s need for movement into the day.
- Being able to move quickly through material that comes easily and to spend more time on subjects that are difficult.
- Gearing the curriculum to accommodate a child’s strengths and weaknesses.