How I Homeschool My Child with SPD

How I Homeschool My Child with SPD -

How I Homeschool My Child with SPD

When I began homeschooling my younger daughter, it became clear very quickly that she functioned very differently from my older daughter. I wasn’t sure what was going on for a while. I bought books, did internet searches, and talked to everyone I thought might have a clue what was going on. It wasn’t until I came across descriptions of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) that things began to make sense. (*Note: This is not the only diagnosis my daughter received, but knowing this has made a huge difference in our family and homeschool!) I began making changes that helped us tremendously.

  1. Grace. Once I realized that there was a reason my daughter did the things she did, I became more understanding and offered more grace to both of us. I’m ashamed to admit it, but early on in this journey, I thought she was just trying to push my buttons! She does that too sometimes, but that wasn’t the reason for the behaviors that were really frustrating to me.
  2. Movement. I make sure my daughter moves during the day as part of her sensory diet. Whether it’s bouncing on an exercise ball or jumping on a mini-trampoline while she answers questions related to the lesson, movement is a big part of our days.
  3. Hands-on activities. When we started our homeschool journey, I worked with my kids the way I was taught—primarily with books and workbooks. I quickly realized that wasn’t going to work with our younger daughter. Multisensory, hands-on activities work better, so now our days are full of activities she can take part in rather than just looking and listening. Whether it’s practicing letters and numbers in shaving cream or doing science experiments, we do everything hands-on as much as possible.
  4. Awareness. It may not be true for every child with SPD, but I know it’s true at my house: children with SPD can have more difficulty with sensory integration when major weather fronts are coming through, when they don’t feel well, when they’re under stress or are experiencing a lot of changes, when there’s a full moon ;), or for any other number of reasons that don’t affect the rest of us as badly. This means that you’re going to have to be aware of these situations and extend even more grace and patience and provide more sensory diet activities, more movement, and more hands-on activities.

Here are some other articles I’ve written that might help in homeschooling a child with SPD (a few have been previously linked above):

If you’re interested in finding out more about how homeschool moms in a variety of different situations and stages of life teach their children, check out more articles about Learning Styles and Personalities: How We Teach with the bloggers of iHomeschool Network! (This page goes live on Monday, September 15, 2014, at 6:00 am PT.)iHomeschool Network How We Teach Graphic -

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7 Responses to How I Homeschool My Child with SPD

  1. Sarah Shotts says:

    Thanks for raising awareness of this. I have one niece with Aspbergers and one who has recently been diagnosed with SPD. We are learning so much about what they need and why they are different. Homeschooling is especially great for these special kids. :) They are also very bright & creative.

  2. Kerith Stull says:

    I homeschooled our teenaged daughter with moderate cerebral palsy and academically functioning at a fourth grade level. Best decision ever. WE decided to send her back to public for her last two years of high school. Also a great decision. I hope homeschooling goes well for you!

    • That’s wonderful, Kerith! I love hearing about families going with the ebb and flow of life to make the decisions that are right for that season. I hope your daughter is doing well! We’re in our 8th year of homeschooling and loving it. Thank you for the well wishes!

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