Special Needs Support

Coming alongside Exceptional Learners

Are you homeschooling a child with special needs?

Does your student:

  • Learn differently?
  • Have physical challenges? 

Are you questioned and challenged about your decisions?

We’re here to walk alongside you. We don’t have all the answers, but here are some of the ways we can serve you:

  • Connect you to others
  • Articles by moms like you
  • MP3 talks curated for you
  • Virtual Conference
  • Chats with Lena Emo


A conference good for everyone!

Every child has different strengths and weaknesses.

Every homeschooler desires to teach to their child’s needs with sensitivity.

Nutrition, sleep, mental health, emotions, and learning to relate to our children in a gracious manner enhance our homeschooling.

We all are beginners at some point. We can learn something new every day – parenting, teaching, correcting – especially from an unexpected source.

Haven’t we all looked at our child’s frustrating tendencies and wished we knew what to do to fine-tune and help?

Exceptional Grace : Moving the Mountains of Every Learner


Exceptional Grace Homeschooling Special Needs Virtual Conference

Homeschooling Special Needs MP3 Set

Twenty-four talks to equip, encourage, and teach in many areas of unique learners. Downloadable MP3 format.

Talks include:

  • Why Homeschooling a Child with Unique Needs is a Great Choice! by Diane Geerlinks
  • Reading Difficulties: Dyslexia, Eye Tracking and Letter Recognition by Matthew Turton
  • Inside the Brain of a Hyperactive Homeschooler by Israel Wayne
  • Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner by Barbara Postma (HSLDA)

Support Resources

(This list is not exclusive. We welcome your suggestions sent to webmaster@ochec.org!)

Inclusion on this list does not imply OCHEC endorsement.

  • Dr. Russell Barkley – YouTube
  • ADHD? Carol Barnier’s website has great ideas and resources + Top Ten Teaching Tips for Highly Distractible Kids
  • Trix Bradley – NILD – Edison Learning Centre (Waterloo)
  • Suzanne Day (Barrie) – www.neuroclinicbarrie.com
  • Diane Geerlinks – GeerLINKS Educational Therapy and Consulting – assessments, therapies, parent courses.
  • Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell YouTube – amazing talents in autism
  • Dr. Victor A Kuraitis (St. Catharines) O.D. vision therapy 905-935-1440
  • Ben Loveday (London) – psychiatrist 226-374-6545
  • Dr. Coralee Mueller (Oshawa) – Vision therapy
  • Matthew Turton (Kitchener) – Breakthroughs in Learning
  • Barbara Arrowsmith Young (Toronto, Peterborough) – Arrowsmith School
  • Karen Uschold (Hamilton) – Vianney Academy of Learning, Inc – mom with experience.
  • Temple Grandin website – Temple offers a unique perspective as she is autistic. FAQ, articles and a place you can ask  a personal question. Not focused on homeschooling, but a great resource for parents.
  • Learning Abled Kids – Recommended by a Mom whose son has complex learning abilities and disabilities.
  • Gifted Kids – a plethora of articles, ideas and tips for parents and educators of gifted children.

Many Special Needs organizations and support groups connect through Facebook and have their own websites – a good place to start your search.

  • CRA – RDSP – savings plan to help parents and others save for the long term financial security of a person who is eligible for the disability tax credit, contributions are not tax-deductible, withdrawals not treated as income.
  • CRA – Disability Tax Credit to reduce caregiver’s taxable income– need physician signed form
  • Home School Legal Defense – HSLDA – members only site – has many links for many diagnosis in members-only pages.
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario – webinars, workshops, self-advocacy, etc.
  • LHIN – Local Health Initiatives Network (previously CACC) – every town – this is the Ministry of Health
  • Closing the Gap program, very important for serious challenges for therapy acquisition
  • McMaster Medical Centre – (Hamilton) autistic program, get your paperwork in order first
  • National Institute for Learning Development – NILD – therapist, parent training
  • YouTube videos on ‘how to’ for many therapies – be discerning but these can be helpful.

Autism Spectrum

  • Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison
  • Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin
  • This Anguishing Blessed Journey by Sonya Shafer

Auditory Processing

  • When the Brain Can’t Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder by Teri James Bellis

Brain Dysfunctions

  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge
  • Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson & Richard Guare
  • The Myth of Laziness by Mel Levine
  • Different Learners: Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Your Child’s Learning Problems by Jane Healy
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