What is the definition of special needs?
The reality is there are many different attributes and conditions that a child may demonstrate that fall into a category of special needs. Basically, special needs can be defined as any condition causing a child to have difficulty functioning in the ways that the world would deem as “normal.” The child may have difficulty reading or comprehending, difficulty relating to other people in social situations, or difficulty with transitioning throughout the activities of a school environment.
Where do we find curriculum for our loved one with special needs?
There is no standard curriculum for a child with specific diagnoses. THSC is available to consult with you on the variety of curricula available, the different learning styles that your child may possess, and the organizations and companies that promote themselves “Special Needs Friendly.” THSC does not endorse a specific group or organization. The resources we provide are merely a starting point for you and your loved one with special needs. It is for you to determine what is best for your individual situation.
Do we need to develop an IEP and keep records?
Families with loved ones inside the public school system recognize the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) prepared by the schools for children in special education programs. If you are removing your child from the public school system, it is wise to have the most recent IEP to help you remember what has already been determined as successful processes and modifications in his or her education. THSC can help you navigate through the process of developing your child’s own IEP. However, there is no legal requirement by the State of Texas for a child who is home schooled to have an IEP. The State of Texas does not require any records to be kept, however, anyone anticipating leaving the state at some point or enrolling his or her child in the public school system in Texas at a later point, could find it beneficial. Keeping these records allows you to monitor his or her progress as well as help you plan future school years and communicate with your child’s therapists and/or educators on tasks mastered by your child and those that are still a work in progress.