Special Needs Homeschooling

Many parents find that homeschooling offers numerous benefits for their child with special needs. Home education provides a safe, nurturing atmosphere which has been proven to enhance learning. Homeschooling also can offer much more flexibility to teach to their child’s strengths than what is found in a public school setting.

Children who are struggling learners, including those with ADD/ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and other situations, can thrive in a homeschool environment. Parents find that support and encouragement from other parents and organizations goes a long way towards a successful home education experience.

Homeschooling itself can be an overwhelming experience when you first begin the journey. The term “special needs” has so many facets that it is not possible to give a one-size-fits-all answer that would benefit every family. There is no standard curriculum. However, NCHE offers advocacy and support to families who are homeschooling children with any kind of learning difference. Look over the frequently asked questions and resources on this page and join our NCHE Special Needs Support Facebook group.

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Can I homeschool my special needs child in NC?

Families who have children with learning differences have the same right to homeschool in North Carolina as families who have children with typical learning abilities. Individuals with learning differences are not required to attend public school. Individualized attention—as well as the security of the home environment—often allows children to progress faster and further than they would in a exceptional learning classroom.  


Do we still have to test if we have a special needs child?

Yes. There are no exceptions or special provisions in the NC homeschool law for children with any kind of learning difference or disability.  However, it is helpful to remember that there is no requirement in the law for testing a child in a particular grade level – you may test them at the grade level you believe most appropriate.  There are also tests geared specifically for students with learning differences – the Woodcock Johnson and the Brigance are two of these. For more information on testing see our Testing and Testing Services page. 


What about an IEP? 

HSLDA Article: “What’s an SEP / IEP / ISP? And how can it help me homeschool my child with special needs?”