Homeschooling a child with SPD

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My daughter is 4 and I am starting some prek-k lessons with her starting Monday. (Wish me luck because this is my first time) She has SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) and I'm looking for Moms who have ideas to help her focus, excell, and neither one of us lose our minds! I'm supper excited and so is she. I keep reminding her why we are doing this, and let her even help me pick our some prek-k books at the store. (I'm not overly pushing it this year just seeing how this goes)

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Heather - posted on 10/12/2011

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A few things...
1. Dianne Craft came to our homeschool convention last spring. Awesome resources & help. Check her out. :)
2. If you have no objection to your local school department helping out, your DD may be eligible for services through their pre-k programs.
3. Keep working on her sensory issues in addition to school. :) OT/PT as needed.

In terms of helping her focus and excel, keep her HANDS occupied for the next couple of years. These years shouldn't be pushed too much academically, imho. But painting, play doh, and so forth can be a big part of preschool. Introduce new sensory stuff to her slowly -- but still introduce it and let her get immersed in it. :) (So to speak.)

Good luck and God bless you!

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Thank Linda! I have heard of them. I went to the Midwest Homeschooling Convention this yrand they were there. I do plan on joinging them when she starts kindergarten. I try to get all the senses envolved. I think we will do like you said and spend a week on A and so on! Good point and will also help her younger sister!

Linda - posted on 08/23/2011

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I'm not familiar with that particular disorder. However, are you familiar with HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association)? They actually have someone there to offer advise to those with special needs--you might have to be a member, but I would strongly advise joining anyway.

Whether your daughter has special needs or not, this is a time to take it easy and HAVE FUN! Read, Read, read to her. Get books out of the library. Use games to teach her the sound each letter makes. Have fun with numbers 1-10, and colors, and shapes. You could spend a whole week on "A"--and eat apples and read about alligators, etc. Then spend time on "B", and so on. Use every sense to teach her--this is good for all kids, not just special needs. Taste, touch, sight, sound, smell.

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