If you have read my blog lately, you have read that C was recently diagnosed with ADHD and Aspergers. The last several weeks, we have researched with how to work with this in our homeschool. I have learned many different methods for tackling his inattentiveness, as well as hyperactivity. I have started working with some of the suggestions I have read about.
One of C’s favorite activities is jumping on the sofa. It gets a lot of his energy out, but unfortunately, it has ruined the springs in the cushions. I have been thinking about buying him a small trampoline but haven’t found one that has the portability I am looking for in our budget. I had read that exercise balls could be beneficial to bounce on as well and recalled the hopper ball of my childhood. I mentioned it to my sister and she sent one to the children, as well as a Bilibo.
Sometimes C has difficulty staying on track with a lesson, even if he is calm. Engagement can be difficult and I try everything I can to ease his fear and anxiety during class time. One of his most difficult subjects is handwriting; no curriculum has really worked until I started making up my own sheets for him and W. I use a software called Startwrite where I can customize the size of the letters, spacing of lines, and whether or not I want the directional arrows on the page. I can make the pages themed towards any of C’s favorite activities. We have really loved this program and I have seen improvement in his handwriting skills since using it. You can download a demo of Startwrite to see if your child would benefit from the software.
It is definitely a challenge parenting a child with special needs, much less homeschooling him. But I have faith that we can make it work. I believe it will benefit our entire family in the long run!