Homeschooling a unique learner can be life-changing – with a lot of challenge thrown into the mix! Whether your child is a gifted learner or a struggling one, has a learning or medical/physical disability, or anything in between, CHEC’s team is here to help you as you home educate them for a life of purpose and joy.
- HSLDA’s Homeschooling with Special Needs resources: The Home School Legal Defense Association’s website can help you determine your family’s needs, find resources and legal guidelines, and be encouraged in your homeschool journey. If you’re a member of HSLDA, you also have access to connect with a special needs coordinator.
- SPED Homeschool: CHEC partners with this ministry to support families who homeschool children with learning issues. SPED is made up of in-the-trenches special education homeschooling parents, and they realize how important it is to be involved in a supportive community that understands these struggles. Their purpose is to “Empower Parents Today to Help Their Students Succeed Tomorrow.” Through volunteer hours, private donations, and educational grants, they provide parents with resources, training opportunities, support, information, and encouragement. To find out how their 150+ years of special education homeschooling experience can help you, check out www.spedhomeschool.com.
- Unique Learners’ Column: This monthly column on the CHEC Blog brings parents encouragement and practical, help-for-today suggestions and how-to’s. The posts cover topics such as “Calming an Out-of-Control Child,” “The Importance of Rhythmic Routine,” and “Teaching Jesus Above All Else.”
Public schools are not obliged to provide services unless you follow their stipulations. Therefore, if they require enrollment, there is nothing in the law to make them provide services without enrollment. However, some schools might provide the services without enrollment, or some will provide the service if you are enrolled in a private school that does not provide such services.
If your child has an IEP at the time you withdraw them to homeschool, you should send an IEP Withdrawal Letter to the public school. Download a template here (and view a PDF preview here), then use it to create your own and submit along with your Notice of Intent or your withdrawal form from the Independent School you enrolled with.
(This sample letter was created by HSLDA and has specific instructions for its use.)
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- Davis Dyslexia Association International – Information and training in the methods described in the book “The Gift of Dyslexia.” This is a very kinesthetic approach good for those who are extreme in the dyslexia scale.
- Gifted Development Center – Assessment and development of gifted individuals of all ages; also offers testing for dyslexia.
- HSLDA Struggling Learners– Includes some great information on beginning diagnosis.
- Learning Disabilities Association of America – LDA provides information, solutions and resources to support people with learning disabilities and those that care for and educate them.
- NATHHAN (National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network) – A support network to encourage and equip parents who homeschool children with special needs or disabilities.
- National Down Syndrome Society – Not specific to home education but does provide helpful information.
- Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association – This organization has support groups (primarily in the Colorado front range area) and some parent education and is a great resource for DS. However, they do not provide any specific supports for home education.
Understood.org – Offers resources and support for learning and attention issues. A lot of general information helpful to parents.
Testing in Colorado looks different based on which legal option you've chosen. You can find out about the options, and how it affects your homeschool testing, here.
Many families choose to enroll in the CHEC Independent School because of the exclusive opportunity to use the CHEC Parent Evaluation (replacing the requirement to have your student tested or professionally evaluated). You can learn more about the CHEC Independent School here.
Looking to have your student professionally evaluated? Find a list of Colorado evaluators here.
- Homeschool Central Special Needs section – Links are provided that may be helpful to the homeschool family with a special needs child. The majority of these links are autism related, but there are a few that are of general special needs interest.
- Headstrong Nation – A movement dedicated to a radical new approach to dyslexia. They empower child and adult dyslexics to own their dyslexia, to understand it, and to develop new ways of learning and working based on their individual profiles.
- International Christian Association of Neurodevelopmentalists – Helpful information and articles.
- Learn Differently – Encouragement for homeschooling your struggling learner. Phone consultations regarding learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and giftedness.
- STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder – STAR Institute is the premier treatment, research, and education center for children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). This includes feeding disorders and other disorders with sensory issues such as autism and ADHD.
- Home School Diner – Great articles and links.
- Abilitations – Provide products that support the challenges of working with children with special needs. Partner with Henry OT Services also at www.henryot.com
- Accredited Schools Online guide to higher education – A guide for students with disabilities, including hearing impaired and vision impaired as well as a homeschool section.
- Affordable Colleges Online guide to higher education – Information to help visually impaired students overcome the challenges they encounter in pursuit of higher education.
- Autism Community Store — Located in Aurora.
- Braille Institute – The Braille Institute is located in California but their library lending program is nationwide.
- Colorado Talking Book Library – Provides books and materials in alternative formats to Coloradans who cannot read standard print. Only for those who have visual impairments, not for students with learning disabilities.
- Educators Publishing Services – Programs to help struggling students in reading and math
- Pocket Full of Therapy – Assists those concerned with child development to find the unique materials needed to provide effective and motivating therapy and learning
- Simplified Learning Products – A reading system for that can help struggling learners.
- Teaching Home Magazine – July/August 1994 edition has an excellent section on special needs
- Woodbine House books – Publisher of books on disabilities for parents, children, teachers and professionals.
- Therapro.com – The Therapy Resource for Families and Professionals. Provides high quality and economical therapeutic and educational resources for all ages and abilities.
- Typing.com – Learn and Teach Typing, Free.
- Eye Can Learn – Eye exercises for visual health and school success.
- Teaching a Child with Special Needs at Home and at School — Judi Munday, an expert Educational Consultant for homeschool families whose children have special needs, has written this book with multiple chapters on a wide range of learning challenges so parents can learn how to recognize what's causing the child's difficulties, how those difficulties impact the child's academics, and effective instructional techniques parents can easily use. www.helpinschool.net
- Children’s Speech and Reading Center – CSRC is Northern Colorado’s only 501(c)(3) speech-language therapy provider. We provide free screening of all children and our speech-language–reading therapy sessions are provided on a sliding scale fee structure that goes from full fee to zero. We pride ourselves in not turning away a child based on their parent’s ability to pay. Please visit our website for more information or to set up a free screen. www.csrckids.org
- Beyond Speech Therapy Learning – Speech and Myofunctional Clinic of the Front Range: Anne Venables Eigner, specializes in articulation, language, thumb and digit sucking, tongue thrust. 303-666-2085. Boulder, CO.
- Brain Balance Achievement Center – An individualized integrated approach to help children overcome symptoms associated with ADHD, Asperger’s, Learning or Processing Disorders, and Behavioral Issues. Golden, CO.
- Child Diagnostics with Dianne Craft – educational and nutritional counseling, unique diagnostic program, parent training, adaptive curriculum and resources, including brain integration therapy.
- Christian Cottage Home School Services with director Teri Spray – Private school diploma program specializing in struggling learners. PACE Training (Processing and Cognitive Skills Brain Training); one-on-one intensive training in 36 different areas of learning combined with an optional program of Master the Code for phonics, reading and spelling. 303-688-6626, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Connect Education with Pamela Gates and Breanna Stewart – Healing intervention to move a child from struggling academically to learning with ease. They teach inexpensive, doable, successful strategies to implement at home. 303-680-5551, email@example.com.
- Early Roots Therapy – Neuro Development Therapy – Targets underlying cause/root problem by evaluating brain and body systems, not focusing on specific symptoms. The website has good information and includes visit/program costs. Patients are seen in the Denver Metro area and in Oklahoma City.
- Grade Power Learning Southlands – customized academic and cognitive skills programs; Homeschool Support is one of their specialty programs. 303-928-7644. Aurora, CO.
- LearningRx – Testing a therapy to help with weak cognitive skills that can result in thinking, learning, reading, memory, and attention deficits.
- Multisensory Reading Center – Dyslexia Therapy and Tutoring, based in TX but provides online Dyslexia Therapy and Tutoring.
- The Quiet Wind – Crossinology Brain Integration Technique. Boulder, CO.
- Sensory Learning – Unites sensory modalities to improve perception, understanding, and the ability to learn. Boulder, CO.
- Transformations for Children and Adults – Brain Integration Therapy/Repatterning. Colorado Springs, CO.
- Keen Kids Music – Music and movement for birth to 10 years using world renown MusikGarten by Roann Keen. 719-650-1080. Elizabeth, CO.
- Speechy Keen — Tara Roehl, Speech-Language Pathologist with private clinic focusing on the social/pragmatic needs of students with ADHD, High Functioning Autism, Aspergers, and related disorders.
- Vision Transformation – Vision Directing Action, Multi-disciplinary Assessment and Training. Lakewood, CO.
- The NeuroDevelopmental Approach – Equip families with specific knowledge, expertise, and methodologies which will assist their children as they prepare for their fullest God-given potential and destiny.
- NACD National Association for Child Development Bringing – The best treatment and educational services into homes around the world.
- Sandra R Coulson & Associates – Myo-Functional Therapy. Multiple locations, Denver Metro.
- Eye Q Advantage – Speed Reading Training with a component of Vision Therapy.
Kathleen Elliott, Hope Place Tutoring
- firstname.lastname@example.org, (209) 351-5503
- Services: I am a certified dyslexia tutor with the Barton Reading and Spelling System. I am also a certified proctor for the Stanford-10 and Iowa standardized tests.
- Credentials: Elementary Education Life Credential; Certified Barton Tutor
- Northwest Denver
- email@example.com, (303) 884-2187
- Services: Past home school mom who provides Orton-Gillingham tutoring in all literacy-related subjects and math. Educational consultant for K-adult students who learn differently.
- Credentials: Masters in Education, CERI/SLDS (Center for Effective Reading Instruction/Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist), OG Certified/OGA, CO Licensed Instructor
Amanda Bench, Colorado Homeschooling
- firstname.lastname@example.org, (719) 641-1125
- Services: Homeschool evaluations, test administration, and consulting
- Credentials: Current Colorado teaching license, Master’s degree in education, homeschool mom, and former public school teacher, current homeschool enrichment program teacher
Teri Spray, Christian Cottage Home School Services
- email@example.com, (303) 688-6626
- Services: Christian Cottage Schools and Home School Services exists to empower parents in the education of their unique and puzzling learners. We custom craft our curriculum ideas and suggestions following a one-on-one nationally-normed test and processing screening (Woodcock Johnson IV and Gibson Processing)
- Credentials: Teri Spray is a certified teacher and has been empowering home educators since 1986. She is also the lead author of over 20 books including My Everything Book, Teri's Tips, 4 volumes of Unit Studies, 8 volumes of Reading/Writing materials and 6 volumes of Easy English which is used worldwide.
- Northern Colorado
- firstname.lastname@example.org, (970) 532-5653
- Services: Academic achievement testing (Woodcock Johnson IV) including a detailed report and personalized recommendations. Academic progress evaluations. Reading tutoring (specializing in dyslexia).Serving the homeschool community since 2007.
- Credentials: Master’s degree in Special Education and Educational Diagnostics, Bachelor’s degree in Education, Colorado teaching license
Mary Brown, Colorado Heritage Education School System
- email@example.com, (970) 346-0099
- Services: Personal evaluations: We refer families to vetted professionals who have been associated with CHESS for 10 to 30 years.
- Credentials: We have been offering standardized testing services for 10+ years. Personal evaluators hold education degrees from Bachelor to Masters
Ann Mitchell, Castle Rock Online Reading Tutor
- firstname.lastname@example.org, (720) 934-7980
- Services: Established in 2013, Online elementary reading tutor trained in OG methods. Currently offering phonics support and assessment assistance.
- Credentials: MAED Special Education, OG trained (IDA certification coming soon) Teacher Certification
Yvonna Graham, Dyslexia Kit
- email@example.com, (970) 903-7498
- Services: DyslexiaKit website has information for parents who teach a child with dyslexia. By using dyslexic gifts instead of focusing on weaknesses, children with dyslexia can soar as readers.
- Credentials: M.A. Special Education, 30+years educator and reading tutor, highly dyslexic daughter
- firstname.lastname@example.org, (772) 475-8052
- Services: I am available to provide speech and language services to students k-12. Specializing in articulation, reading comprehension, stuttering, etc..
- Credentials: M.S. in speech-language pathology, Certificate of Clinical Competence, licensed in CO and hold educators certificate in CO as well.
Sabrina Bussard, Valley View Learning Center
- Grand Junction
- email@example.com, (970) 846-5102
- Services: Tutoring and educational support and guidance specializing in learning through movement, specialized education for boys, project based learning and unschooling.
- Credentials: Check our website for a full list of our credentials. Together we have over 40 years experience in education with credentials in Special Education, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education.
- Grand Junction
- (970) 623-9991
- Services: Tutoring, homeschool support, end of year evaluations and assessments
- Credentials: Certified special education teacher, Orten-Gillingham trained
Moriah Nixon, It's OK to be Special
- Services: I am an Education Consultant and Advocate that provides services for families who need help navigating the education system. I do homeschool evaluations, academic testing, consulting, and advocate for the student to get the services needed to succeed.
- Credentials: Licensed Colorado teacher, Masters in Special Education, Bachelors in English, over 13 years experience working with students grades K-12, experience working with transition services for Special Education, test administrator through Pearson
Samantha Eason, Samantha Eason Homeschool Evaluations
- Statewide and online
- (407) 925-7140
- Services: I'm a fellow homeschooling mom, certified teacher and have a Masters in Education. I offer stress-free, virtual portfolio evaluations for families across Colorado - I am unschooling friendly and have a thorough understanding when it comes to children with special needs
- Credentials: M.Ed from Southeastern University, FL Certified Teacher, Homeschool Parent, Evaluator, and Consultant since 2008
- (720) 339-5825
- Services: Homeschool Evaluations, Portfolio Evaluations, Homeschool problem solving sessions, Curriculum consultations, Early Reading Intervention, ESL tutoring
- Credentials: Current Colorado License, B.A in Elementary Education, MA in Curriculum and Development. Homeschool mom and ESL tutor
Tammy Kennington, Bridging the Gap
- Colorado Springs
- (719) 425-9911
- Services: Tammy Kennington is a Certified Academic Language Therapist who remediates children with dyslexia or those who fit the profile of dyslexia (2nd grade-high school) using the Take Flight curriculum. She also provides early intervention for kindergarten through first grade students.
- Credentials: MAT, CALT
Peter Groth, Dyslexia Connect Online Tutoring
- firstname.lastname@example.org, (262) 317-9114
- Services: We provide online dyslexia tutoring for children, teenagers and adults.
- Credentials: Accredited by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating. Member of the International Dyslexia Association. Founder and CEO, Peter Groth, was homeschooled K-12.
Dorothy Bleakley, Arrowsmith Program at LCA
- New Castle
- email@example.com, (970) 366-9627
- Services: Cognitive based program that strengthens learning capacities. Online or in person learning opportunities.
- Credentials: Arrowsmith Program Director/Teacher, Educator for 29 years, former homeschool parent and SPED teacher
Shari McMinn, Shari's Communications
- firstname.lastname@example.org, (720) 235-2748
- Services: resources for unique learners
- Credentials: AA Interior Design,