When you have a child with special challenges, therapy becomes a household word. Whether you’re doing an in-home therapy or taking your child somewhere for therapy, it takes something homeschool moms are already stretched for…time.
What if there was a way to schedule your therapy so it was not an interruption to your school day, but rather part of your school day? What if you looked at it as just another subject, like math or reading?
When my twin boys were diagnosed with autism, we were trying to make things work in the school system. We were doing group speech as well as 1-on-1 speech therapy. They were in an ABA classroom environment. We were packing up and driving to occupational therapy a half hour away. We were “getting services” but there was one problem…it wasn’t working for our family. More often than not, going to therapy added stress to our already hectic schedule and we were seeing very few positive results. For this and various other reasons, we decided it was better to educate them at home and sought out a home-based therapy program.
Later, my third child was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Again, we felt that homeschool was the right choice for our entire family so we sought to find a way to help him from home, as well.
Before I knew it, “therapy time” had become another school subject for us.
So how do you fit therapy into your homeschool schedule?