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November 15th, 2007, 07:22 PM
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My son is 7 and we are having major difficulties with his school. He had a TBI when he was 3 and now has generalized brain damage (he looks completely "normal" but has the mental ability of a 3-4 year old) and he is legally blind. I am divorces from his father (have been since Nathan was 2), but since he was hurt his Dad and I have a great relationship - he is currently living with us - loooooong story.

Anyway, we would really like to homeschool Nathan. We simply do not have the qualifications or the time and money to do it. I work 8-5 Dad leaves for work at midnight and gets home at 11:30 a.m. I am wondering about money that might be available through grants and how do you find someone to help you. Are there groups around who can help us figure all of this out? Nathan's Neuropsychologist suggested homeschooling him with therapists instead of typical teachers. I do not have the patience to teach him. I get extremely frustrated just trying to do homework with him. I am seriously at my wits end with the school (final straw is that they have him learning handwriting with the entire class - he cannot even recognize letters yet and can only really write the letters in his first name, but they want him to copy what is being written on the board and do it himself - he is completly an auditory learner and needs verbal cues for each letter - but somehow his school cannot understand why he is not learning to do it with the group - see my problem?).

Any help you can give would be so very appreciated. Thank you - I am already glad I found this board.

Colleen
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November 16th, 2007, 11:22 AM
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You may want to try and post this on the homeschooling board. I know I won't be of too much help since my dd is in a 12:1:1 special ed class. We were really lucky there and she has a phenomenal teacher, so I don't really know how to answer your questions. If you don't have too much luck here, I would definately recommend posting your question on the Homeschooling board. They should be able to answer questions about the grants and people to help and so on.

I am really glad you found us too. If you have any other questions, please ask.

PS, what is a TBI? I have never heard of that before and was wondering what that was.
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November 18th, 2007, 01:43 PM
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Is there any way to change the time of the shifts so one of you would be awake and available during the day? I imagine your dh/so needs some peace and quiet to sleep during most of the day. If those times can't be changed you would need to find someone to be with your son. They don't need to homeschool him though, you can do that at night. Homeschooling should only take an hour or two. Probably not much longer then the homework does now but unlike homework you can make the 'work' into something that will actualy help him learn and even be fun for him. Give him a sand tray to write letters in with his finger, play bingo and jumping on letters where you call out the name then he calls out the sound before jumping on it. Use leap pad dvd's, computer games such as Starfall, and anyother activity or game that you think will help. Forget the written work and the school. They are just a baby sitter.

Each state also has it's own laws, so you need to find those out. Look on HSLDA, they have an overview of each states laws there. I am not sure how it works with an IEP, but if you join a local homeschool group hopfuly someone there will.
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