Choosing how your child will be educated is one of the most important decisions that you can make. It could have a profound effect on their future and shape their lives. It can be even more important to make the right decision if your child has special educational needs. Like everything in life, there are pros and cons to your decision. While some people consider home schooling to be the more appropriate option, others believe that going to mainstream school is the better choice. Here is an overview of some of the conflicting views about home schooling a child with special needs.
The pros of home schooling
One of the main benefits that can be gained from home schooling a child with special educational needs is that they receive individual attention. In a whole classroom environment, the child can be lost in the crowd and they may not always have the support that they deserve.
Another benefit is that teaching can be adapted to the learning style of the child. While some people have a visual learning style, for others it is kinesthetic or auditory. For other a combined approach is required.
A further pro to home schooling a child with special educational needs is that the home teacher will consider the full needs of the child- both their strengths and their weaknesses. This means that lessons can be individualized accordingly. This can greatly benefit the child and help them to reach their full potential.
Cons of home schooling
There are three main negatives to home schooling a child with special educational needs. The first is that many people would view this as segregation of the child from the rest of society. Of course, this is unlikely to be the case and is certainly not the intention. However, this may be a view that parents of a child with special needs that have chosen to home school are faced with.
The second negative is that the child may not be getting the appropriate specialist and professional support to ensure that they are accessing the curriculum fully. It is important for parents of children with special educational needs to seek this support and ask for advice if they are home schooling so that they can ensure that the needs of the child are met fully.
The final point is dependant upon the specific special educational needs of the child. If the child has difficult with social interaction or maintaining and retaining relationships, then home schooling could be considered to deprive them of the opportunity of mixing with other children, developing friendships and improving their social skills.
Choosing whether to home school your child or to have them educated in a mainstream environment is an important decision that requires a lot of thought. This is especially the case for parents of children with special educational needs. Although there are pros and cons for home schooling and there are many different views, ultimately, the decision is that of the parents who know what is best for their child.