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Join the Discussion: How Do You Do Special Needs Therapy at Home?

The other day I published a post titled 7 Reasons I Homeschool My Child with Special Needs Instead of Sending Him to School. In five days it had over 2,600 views. Wow!

One of the roadblocks for people who want to homeschool their special needs child is school services. Many parents doubt their ability to provide the needed therapy for their child.

So, here’s my question for you today, and really you don’t have to be a homeschooler to answer it.

What therapy do you do at home for your child with special needs? There are all kinds of therapies out there–percolate and ponder for a minute. You may be doing therapy and not even realize it!

I’d love to start a discussion in the comments. I am going to be writing a blog post about this later on. I’d love to hear what therapies you do, how you do them, what your favorite resources are, etc.

Thanks for joining the discussion! Your answers will help others. I know it.

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Jenny Herman

Jenny Herman wants to live in a world where dark chocolate dispensers reside on every corner. As a homeschooling special needs mom, she’s been featured in Autism Parenting Magazine, Wit and Wisdom from the Parents of Special Needs Kids: Mostly True Stories of Life on the Spectrum, and various blogs. If she survives the onslaught of testosterone in her home, she may take a moment to blog, read a book, try a new recipe, or loom knit a gift. You can find Jenny’s book The Power of One: Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life on Amazon.

11 thoughts on “Join the Discussion: How Do You Do Special Needs Therapy at Home?

  1. I do the Family Hope Center therapy program with my two kiddos with Autism. This includes physical, sensory, nutrition, and social therapies. We start right after breakfast and work into the afternoon, with breaks as needed. They have a lot to get done in a day. Most days it does not all get done, but we try again the next day. It has been exhausting, but worth it!

    1. You are doing better than I did, Jeri! I am waiting to get some comfortable elbow and knee pads for the boys so we can get back to creeping and crawling. They have hit the need for them, but the ones I had weren’t comfortable and didn’t work right.

  2. Actually, if we were homeschooling, my kids would be doing more ABA therapy than they are now. I am actually considering pulling them out of school early one day each week to fit that in.

  3. A lot of sensory stuff. Peanut ball to sit and bounce on, weighted vest, ankle weights and hand weights. I have some putty that has small items to be pulled out of. Dizzy disc and swings outside. Wall push ups and animal walks.

  4. Hi Jenny, old chick weighing in here. For us, school was a joke, I was battled at every turn over every aspect of John’s needs. Speech therapist said she would work with him ONCE he was taking again. As if addressing apraxia was not necessary. I hired an ABA team, flew them in, paid for teacher training, and within 6 months the school had abandoned our ABA program due to too much work. I pulled John once a vaccine exemption was denied, in all honestly I should never had taken him day one. I truly feel there is so much parents can do at home today…and the training for them is out there. Programs I would choose if I could go back in time 20 years and they didn’t exist then anyway, but here is a list for parent to consider, depending on level of need. Some of this might be more extreme, but you know John, he was extreme end disabled.
    Gemiini (www.gemiini.org) check out that misspelling of Gemini and yes it has a meaning at their website and on youtube. I cannot say enough for this speech program, but it teaches so much more.
    Mendability (www.mendability.com) as the name says, a mending through creating new abilities.
    My latest find is working to integrate John’s reflexes correctly..new new new information but the results are amazing. Check out the book…The Symphony of Reflexes by Bonnie L. Brandes MEd…
    For me what I used…www.difflearn.com has a ton of resources. For parents dealing with autism I always say start with the ABLLS assessment…and books teaching you how to work with your child. Old, but still the best in my book!
    Most of all…trust yourself. Breath, read, study and talk to other parents with children like yours. Nobody knows your child better than you do…and nobody wants to see success for them more than parents do!

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