Special Needs

special needs children

Families who have children with special needs have the same rights in Texas as families who have children with typical learning abilities. Individuals with special needs are not required to attend public school. Individualized attention, as well as the security of the home environment, many times allows children to progress more than they would in a special needs classroom. Home schooling your child requires the family to discover the child’s unique learning abilities. While there is no standard curriculum for children with special needs, the more vital aspect is understanding “how” to use the curriculum in a way that is meaningful for the child.

THSC wants to help you! Home schooling, in itself, can be an overwhelming experience when you first begin the journey. The term “special needs” has so many facets that it is not possible to give a broad consultation that would benefit every special needs family. There is no “one size fits all” curriculum. However, THSC offers advocacy and consultation to families who have loved ones with special needs. We can help you by providing information and resources on learning styles, and bridge that information with curriculum that could benefit those learning styles. For more information, contact us at specialneeds@thsc.org.

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Why Public Schools Want Your Special Needs Child - Part 1

Why Public Schools Want Your Special Needs Child – Part 1

Posted on Aug 5th, 2015 - By Peggy Ployhar

Many special needs home schooling parents struggle with their local school district in either keeping their children from getting enrolled in the…

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Do you need a break? Special Buddies could be it.

Posted on Jun 22nd, 2015 - By Peggy Ployhar

Comforting As We Have Been Comforted Today once again presented me with the awesome opportunity to encourage and provide resources to a mom of…

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Texas Families at Special Buddies

Strengthened by Admitting Weakness

Posted on May 18th, 2015 - By Peggy Ployhar

This week my small group discussed how the framework from which we determine truth or lies is derived from a complex compilation of inputs we have…

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Shaped by Difficulty - Parenting with Special Needs

Shaped by Difficulty, Parenting with Special Needs

Posted on Apr 2nd, 2015 - By Peggy Ployhar

“But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, to such as…

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Please Don’t Try And Fix Me . . . I Am Supposed To Be Broken!!!

Posted on Dec 24th, 2014 - By Leslie Stevens

One thing that really stands out to me as a memory of when I was pregnant with Kirsten is the television commercials. My blood work came back early…

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Social Security Benefits

Texas Law Supports Families

Posted on Dec 16th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

When a home school student’s Social Security benefits were dropped due to the student turning 18 and not attending a standard school, the family…

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Help and guidance from THSC

THSC Fights for Child Support for Special Needs Student

Posted on Nov 20th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

In many cases of marital separation, child support is legally guaranteed, and this case is no exception. However, one Texas parent threatened to…

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Leslie Stevens

Do You See Me?

Posted on Oct 2nd, 2014 - By Leslie Stevens

“Hello.  My name is Leslie.” “Hi Leslie!” “I am a mother of a child with special needs . . . .” Do you ever feel like this? …

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Reading Roadblock

Posted on Aug 24th, 2011 - By Julie Blackmon

As a home schooling mom of six children, with my oldest being 21, I have had many experiences through our educational and spiritual journey over our…

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Letter to Department of Aging and Disability Services

Posted on Mar 18th, 2010 - By Tim Lambert

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) determined that a member family’s son had received services during “normal school…

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God’s Grandchildren

Posted on Feb 1st, 2009 - By Patsy Arnold

“What does God look like?” Young children without the capacity for abstract thinking often ask this question as they struggle to understand our…

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Choose Laughter

Posted on Aug 1st, 2008 - By Patsy Arnold

Though I wrote this with families of special needs children in mind, the thought occurs to me that maybe there are others who could use some laughter…

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The Roads I Have Traveled

Posted on Feb 1st, 2006 - By Sheila Campbell

I love poetry, and my children and I often read poetry together.  One night while enjoying some autumn poems written by Robert Frost, I penned a few…

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Posted on Feb 1st, 2006 - By Patsy Arnold

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed when I compare my own home school with others. This happens most often at home school gatherings—conferences, field…

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Finishing the Challenged Race

Posted on Nov 1st, 2005 - By Doug and Patsy Arnold

Over and over as we travel the state meeting with families whose children have various learning challenges, we hear the question, “What do we do…

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Special Kids, Special Dads

Posted on May 19th, 2005 - By THSC Webmaster

by Doug Arnold "I'm having a baby, my Baby and me!" Ricky sang this song to Lucy when he found out they were expecting their little bundle of…

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Becoming a Sherlock Holmes Schooler

Posted on May 1st, 2004 - By Doug and Patsy Arnold

Having watched numerous special needs children find success in the home school setting, we are convinced that home can be a great place for them to…

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What Can I Do to Help?

Posted on Feb 1st, 2003 - By Patsy Arnold

“There is a seventy percent chance that your son will never walk, talk, sit, stand, feed himself, dress himself, or do anything but lie limp in…

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Rule Change Concerning Special Needs Education

Posted on Aug 19th, 2002 - By THSC Webmaster

A major issue for many home schoolers in Texas is the change made in 2001 by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in regard to public school obligations…

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