More and more parents with special needs children are making the decision to teach their special children at home. If you are one of these parents, FHE is there for you, too, just like any other homeschooling family.
Benefits of Home Educating Your Special Needs Child
- One-on-on is the best learning environment for most children, but especially special needs children.
- You are in control of your child's learning and curriculum. You know your child better than anyone else. Fit your homeschool to meet their needs. Your child can also have input into his/her curriculum.
- Flexibility with your lesson schedule. Lesson plans can be changed, when necessary, to fit what is going on with your child that day or moment.
- Resources and Assistance for families with special needs children is growing. There are more therapy providers who work with homeschool families, more curriculum is being written specifically for learning challenged children being educated at home, as well as home programs for speech, language disorders, and occupational/physical therapy. Be encouraged, with a little research, you can find the perfect fit for your child. Go to our Special Needs Resources for some helpful links.
The procedure for Withdrawal of a special needs child is the same as for any other child, unless your child is under an IEP. According to IDEA 2009 revisions, parents wishing to remove their child from the IEP process must revoke consent for services in writing. The school is then mandated to provide you with written notice about their intentions for your child. Send one copy of the Revocation Letter below with your withdrawal letter and one copy to your special needs coordinator. Always keep a copy for your records. If you choose to continue with your child’s services through their IEP, then contact the school first to what can still be offered and note the agreement on your withdrawal letter.
Sample IEP Release Letter
To print off a PDF copy of FHE's sample IEP Release letter, Click here.
NOTE on terminology in the letter: NOREP/PWN means Notice of Recommended Educational Placement / Prior Written Notice.