MACHE Homeschool 101

How to Start Homeschooling

Teaching Methods and Curriculum

Maryland Homeschool Law

Special Needs Students

Filing a Notice of Intent to Homeschool

Homeschooling Tots to Tweens

Maintaining an Annual Portfolio

Homeschooling through High School

Homeschooling Students
with Special Needs

Many Maryland parents find that the homeschooling offers many benefits for their child with special needs – as well much more flexibility to teach to their strengths.
Homeschooling is truly an individualized education experience!
Homeschooling a child with special needs does not need to be intimidating.
Here are some simple steps to help you start: 

01

Know And Understand the Law

It is entirely legal to homeschool a child with special needs in the state of Maryland.

02

Identify Your Child’s Learning Style and Select Curriculum

Each individual learns differently, and learners with special needs are no different. A combination of teaching styles may increase success for special learners, and improve comprehension. Many struggling learners benefit from a multi sensory, multifaceted educational approach.  Neurologically diverse students process information in unique ways, so understanding their learning style is extrememly important.

03

Consider Educational Testing

Free educational testing for homeschoolers can be obtained through your local public schools, however services like speech therapy, occupational therapy, educational therapy, etc will not be offered to students not enrolled in the school.  Private testing and therapies are often covered by insurance, and can be obtained through many independent educational psychologists, and hospitals.

Helpful Links for Testing: 

Kennedy Kreiger

Children’s National

04

Find Support

Raising a child with special needs can come with extra challenges, and adding education into the mix can feel very daunting.  Don’t do it alone!  Including a special needs child into activities with typically developing kids is a great idea, and the homeschool community tends to be very accepting.  There are also numerous support groups both in person and virtual for all types of differences.

Helpful Links for Finding Support:

The Arc Maryland

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

Kennedy Krieger Institute

General Resources

HSLDA

Home School Legal Defense Association has a robust library of articles on teaching special needs children. Their educational consultants can answer your questions about diagnosis, curriculum, at-home therapies, or a student education plan.

SPED Homeschool

SPED Homeschool believes every child can succeed when provided individualized instruction and that homeschooling is one of the best options a family has for providing this type of education for a unique learner.

NATHHAN

The National Challenged Homes Schoolers Associated Network exists to encourage homeschooling families with special needs children in ways that glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and equip parents to confidently homeschool their children with special needs or disabilities.

Resources by Topic for Learners with Special Needs

ADD/ADHD

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 Spectrum Disorder

BOOKS

Autism – Stephanie Marohn

Children with Autism – Michael Powers

Children with Starving Brains – Jaquelyn McCandless

Homeschooling Children with Special Needs – Sharon Hensley  

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

Sensory Integration and the Young Child – Jean Ayres

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder – Carol Kranowitz

Too Wise to be Mistaken, Too Good to be Unkind Christian Parents Contendy with Autism, by Cathy Steere

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

SOFTWARE

Rethink Ed  rethinked.com

Maximum Potential Kids  maximumpotentialkids.com

WEBSITES

Autism Today
Autism Speaks
Autism Web
Lego Printables – An enormous list from a blogger of free Lego printables
Parents Rearing & Educating Autistic Children in Christian Homes  groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/PREACCH/info
Teach2Talk
Do 2 Learn
Wrightslaw
Model Me Kids
Gifted Development Center

Auditory Processing Dysfunction

BOOKS

Brain Integration Therapy for Children – Dianne Craft

WEBSITES

Advanced Brain Technologies  advancedbrain.com

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
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 | Twice Exceptional

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

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
Super Star Speech  superstarspeech.com
Woodbine House  woodbinehouse.com
Super Duper Publications  superduperinc.com
Mommy Speech Therapy mommyspeechtherapy.com
Speech Disorder Resources and Scholarships for College Students
edubirdie.com

APPS

Articulation Station littlebeespeech.com

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

Vision Impaired

BOOKS

A Blind Child’s Pathway to Learning: Developing Cognition without Sight $
 By Dr. William Cavitt (Author)
“Our purpose is to translate the knowledge provided by these professionals into ideas and concepts that can be readily understood and applied by parents, teachers, and other caregivers of blind children. Throughout the book, we will be dealing with highly specialized concepts and theories of education, psychology, and human development. We have done our best to translate the professional and academic jargon into what most people would call ‘simple English’.”

CURRICULUM

Learning Ally  learningally.org

WEBSITES

Assemblies of God Center for the Blind  blind.ag.org

Homeschooling Your Vision Impaired Child  angelfire.com/fl/reading4u/hsingvichild.html

Educational Options for Blind and Visually Impaired Kids | Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired

For Parents Who Are Suddenly Homeschooling | American Foundation for the Blind

How to Homeschool a Blind or Visually Impaired Child | wikiHow

You Can Homeschool Your Blind Child, and the School Can Help! | American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

Blind Homeschoolers 

Homeschooling and Vision Therapy 
 

OTHER RESOURCES

Blind Abilities (Podcast)
By Blind Abilities Team

International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind | National Federation of the Blind

Macsome Audiobook Converter 

VoiceOver 

Maryland Association of Christian Home Educators provides this listing as a courtesy to our website readers. Inclusion of a website, book, curriculum, or any type of resource does not constitute MACHE endorsement; parents are encouraged to research the philosophy and practices of any group, method, or resource considered. 

X