A significant number of children are somewhere on the attention deficity spectrum and get the ADD/ADHD label. It seems that a disproportionate number are homeschooling ADD or ADHD children. While not easy, many parents report dramatic success with their children both academically and in learning to manage their attention issues. Here is one homeschool mother's story of homeschooling ADD/ADHD and her search for ADD homeschool resources..
My son was having extreme difficulty learning. Shortly after his entering school in Arizonia, my husband and I were devastated when we got a call from his teacher. It seemed his doing assignments and his behavior were a big problem. His teacher actually said that in her opinion, he was functioning at a three year old level. There were suggestions about the general cognitive ability. We knew this couldn't be true.
They placed him in a smaller class, but there were still too many distractions. However, the new teacher made this discovery; our son was very capable of learning and doing his work, especially during computer hour and while he was taught one-on-one. We held a meeting but the school was not staffed for one-on-one learning, so they placed him in the k-6 online program using CompassLearning.
After his assessment test, my son's teachers were amazed. He had scored above the requirements! This is after being diagnosed with developmental delays, ADHD and oppositional behavior. He went from being classified as "functioning as a 3 yr. old" to scoring 80, 90, and 100% on all his assignments. We were thrilled! Not only was our son able to focus on his work, he was able to retain the things learned. As parents, we could adjust the level of learning to suit his needs.
Our family moved back to Michigan and we needed to find a way to use the program. CompassLearning only sells to schools. We were at a lost as to what to do for our son's core curriculum. We had a letter written in our behalf from his former school principal in testimony as to how great the program worked for our son given his special needs, urging anyone that could to help provide the program to our low income family. We were then directed to Time4Learning.com, and our worries were over.
From Devastation to Elation
My son is delighted to be using the program. With Time4Learning, the CompassLearning program is so easy to use, fun, affordable, and even better than the previous version. He actually has to be reminded that his class time is over for the day, because he wants to stay on past his school time! It's not just with my son. I am in a big circle of home schooling parents as well as parents that have children with disabilities like RAD, ADHD, ODD, Ausbergers and Autism. I've had children over and have allowed them to watch my son doing his assignments using Time4Learning, and all we hear from the other children is, "Can I have a turn?".
Their parents are always amazed at how excited the children get about it, and that we can even access it from their computer, or virtually anywhere. Several of my friends and relatives with children in public school, still see the benefit of using the Time4Learning program to supplement their child's curriculum. Once they actually heard that it was
available, and saw for themselves, we didn't have to say more. Time4Learning speaks for itself. We plan on using the program for our next child as well. It is truly a joy to see our child go from 'struggling' to 'excelling', and to hear him say "Is it Time for Learning yet, Mommy?" Thank you so much for this blessing!