Of course, raising a child with special needs is challenging. When you first learn that your child has specific needs that should be identified and catered to, it can be hard trying to navigate everything out on your own. Hopefully, this conversation will help you understand how to partner with your child’s school administrators to get the best assistance needed. Keep in mind, that the needs of the child often supersede the needs of the parent and may impact how a child learns and communicates.
Today’s African proverb is
“The art of negotiating is acquired from childhood”
– from the Congo
Word of the Episode (2:35)
Maisha means life in Swahili.
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Cleverly Cultured Kids (0:00)
Maya shares a report about Amariyanna Copeny. A young girl who has learned that her voice can impact change. Mari also is known nationwide as “Little Miss Flint.” You can learn more about Little Miss Flint here: maricopeny.com.
Grown Folks Discuss Special Education During the Pandemic (8:36)
In episode 36, we spoke with Jocelyn a 20-year high school Special Needs Education Director. She spoke with us about how parents and schools can navigate the special education space at home. The majority of the population that she works with are highschool students, but the school goes from K-12 grade.
Special Education Tips provided
- Break up the time, give information in 10-minute increments, and allow breaks.
- Establish a virtual homeroom
- Practice and encourage mental health exercises
- Utilize breakout sessions virtually.
- Check-in to actually see how students are actually feeling.
- If you have concerns about your child regarding their special needs talk to your child’s pediatrician and their teacher to help identify what your child’s special needs are
Special Education Resources
- Child Find – According to Dr. Andrew Lee “Child Find is a legal requirement that schools find all children who have disabilities and who may be entitled to special education services” (“Child Find: What It Is and How It Works”, 2020).
- Have a binder and write down who you spoke to and the dates (Keep a paper trail). Get a letter with the intent to evaluate, the first point of contact includes emails or anything relevant.
- Maybe You Know My Kid 3rd Edition: A Parent’s Guide to Identifying, Understanding, and Helping Your Child With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (affiliate)
- The Buring House: Educating Black Boys in Modern America (affiliate)
- Khan Academy
- Reading Eggs
- Study Island
- Reading A to Z
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Listen to and Share Past Episodes
Lastly, if you want to hear more about homeschooling and how we have managed to make it work, please check out our past episodes.
- Episode 16 – Learn to Love Math
- Episode 15 – Are You Comfortable Homeschooling
- Episode 14 – Starting a New School Year
- Episode 13 – Homeschooling As A Family
- Episode 12 – Protecting our Children part 2
- Episode 11 – Protecting Our Kids from predators
- Episode 10 – The Cleverly Cultured Kids Discuss Discipline
- Episode 9 – Important Health Tips for Kids and Families
- Episode 8 – How to Handle Stress While Homeschooling
- Episode 7 – How Do You Discipline Children?
- Episode 6 – Transitioning to Homeschool
- Episode 5 – Homeschool Coops and Support
- Episode 4 – Answers to Your Questions (Paper Vs. Computer)
- Episode 3 – Our Educational Experience
- Episode 2 – Homeschooling and Unschooling
- Episode 1 – Resolutions
Child Find: What It Is and How It Works. (2020). Retrieved 26 June 2020, from https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/your-childs-rights/basics-about-childs-rights/child-find-what-it-is-and-how-it-works