Real Talk: What If My Child has Learning Disabilities?

learning disabilities

Every child’s learning style is different. Some children may need more visuals, others need more repetition, but according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), 1 in 5 students has a learning disability that is holding them back from reaching their full potential in the classroom. It’s more common than you’d think. Many parents are finding that the attention they’re able to devote to addressing their children’s challenges in a homeschool environment is helping to overcome those learning disabilities (LD).

Dedicated Attention

Many schools do not have the resources for robust specialized learning programs to help students with a learning disability in the way that they need it. And as a result, students often fall behind, their self-esteem takes a hit, and it becomes harder for them to catch up. The NCLD reported that 7 out of 10 students with LD will spend 80 percent of their time in general classrooms with no specialized support. 

In a homeschool environment, parents are able to give their undivided attention to the needs of their child with a learning disability. If more time should be spent on the fundamentals of reading and phonics, then you can do that. The option to make that call is there when the lessons are flexible and customizable. 

With Abeka video lessons, Christine has seen the results of that flexibility first hand. Both of her children have learning challenges, and their family has found success with Abeka’s homeschool video lesson curriculum. 

“We just moved at a little slower pace when they were little. It’s proved to work,” Christine said. 

Learning In a Safe Environment

Christine’s daughter has Asperger’s syndrome. She struggles with social settings and adjusting her behavior around others, but through video lessons, she has the opportunity to learn from a classroom setting without getting overwhelmed. She’s picked up on how to take turns, and the appropriate way to interact with classmates and adults just by viewing those actions at home on video. 

“It’s really paid off socially, in a world where she’s not really the same as everyone. It’s been a really great program.” 

Christine has been able to be a part of helping her daughter overcome her learning challenges by using the Abeka homeschool video lessons. And there are many families out there handling similar issues in a completely different way. That’s the beauty of homeschool – there’s no right or wrong way. Do you have a similar story you’d like to share or questions? Post it on Facebook or Instagram and tag us, then hashtag #AbekaMomtoMom.

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Rachel:
November 25, 2019

We have a beautiful, 7 year old daughter, that is a part time wheelchair user. She is reading and loves Arithmetic. However, she needs extra time writing. We are thankful for the gift of home educating using Abeka. It gives us more freedom and allows us to individualize her education. We love the flexibility and enjoy watching her learn new concepts. This is our fourth year homeschooling our three children, we’re looking forward to what their future holds as they learn and grow.
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Daysy Cordoba:
December 16, 2019

Hellow, I want to know if I can enroll my child on Abeca immediately on this marking period. Thanks.

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Abeka Admin:
December 18, 2019

With our program, you can enroll your child anytime since you get to choose your own begin date. You will get a full 12 months to finish the year of schooling. We also offer one semester enrollments if that works better for you.

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Angela Griffin:
January 1, 2020

Hi! We are just starting the Independent Stud--Video Lessons in January.

Will my son be able to do more than one lesson in each subject per day and is the calendar flexible? We do outside activities on Thursdays and did not plan to do lessons that day. Can I move the lessons around to fit our needs?

Thank you for your help,
Angela

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Abeka Admin:
January 2, 2020

Great question! You can schedule your lessons to fit your specific needs. For independent study students, we do not have a set time frame, but the videos do need to be returned within 12 months of your begin date.

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Joel Roach:
February 10, 2020

So we just started this year 8th grade, been hard keeping him on task and I believe it is due to his severe dyslexia. The reading he uses the voice app but is there any other resource out there? We give him the same accommodations he had in public school, we lengthen speed quiz time and allow calculator for math, but still struggling on the reading. We love the program just need a little extra suggestion, thanks

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Abeka Admin:
February 10, 2020

Hello Joel! We'll have our educational advisors reach out to you with the email address you provided. They will be able to give you some pointers and helps.

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Kathy Gammill:
June 30, 2020

My 7 year old daughter is DD and in a self-contained classroom, or should I say WAS until COVID hit. She also has Down Syndrome. Her placement is 2nd grade but still developing Kindergarten/1st grade skills. I am a teacher so she will be staying home with my mom. Will your program work for her? I am very STRESSED!!

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Abeka Admin:
July 14, 2020

Hi Kathy! We're sorry to hear of the stress all of this is causing you. You can enroll in our independent study program for videos or parent-led--both programs will give you the flexibility to go slower over some concepts or skip skills not needed, etc.

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Shea:
July 6, 2020

My best friend and I are looking into homeschooling our children together. She has a 3rd grader who has a learning disability. Additionally my one child and her 2 children have always been in a public school. I have been reading many review of which many people advise to start one grade back due to Abeka’s advanced curriculum. My friend is hesitant to do this due to her 3rd grader having been held back one year already and working very hard, even throughout the summer, to try maintaining her learning and progress to the next grade (which will be 3rd). Is she making a mistake by attempting to keep her in the corresponding grade simply based on the grade number? If we were to start our children a grade behind, will we be causing them to complete school later in their life? Is there a way to start in the grade behind and catch up so they graduate on time without overwhelming them? Thank you so much for your assistance.

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Abeka Admin:
July 14, 2020

You can begin a year back if you feel that is necessary and you can finish an enrollment in as little as 6 months so you can catch up. You can also take a look at our Scope and Sequence. This resource tells you which skills and concepts are taught in which grades so that you place your child in the correct level. You can view that here: https://www.abeka.com/HomeSchool/ScopeAndSequence.aspx

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Trina Shorters:
July 7, 2020

I have a daughter who is intellectually disabled. Do you have a program that can fit her needs?

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Abeka Admin:
July 14, 2020

You can use our independent study program and take your time going through the materials since there are no due dates.

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Jennifer Turner:
July 7, 2020

Hello!
My son should be entering the 4th grade but he struggles from dyslexia and has an IEP in his public school. Is there a way to assess him for what curriculum would be best for him? Also do children with dyslexia do well in your program?
His entire school career has been a struggle thus far so I am really looking that will give him a boost in self-esteem and make learning enjoyable.

Thank you,
Jennifer

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Abeka Admin:
July 14, 2020

Hi there Jennifer! This is something you can chat with our educational advisors about. You can reach them at advisor@abeka.com or 877-223-5226.

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Lauren DuBose:
July 8, 2020

Hi there! We are strongly considering enrolling our upcoming 5th and 3rd grader into Abeka Academy. Our 3rd grader is dyslexic and we are wanting to know what pointers and help we can get from the academy to best accommodate his needs. Thank you so much for your help!

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Abeka Admin:
July 14, 2020

Hi there! For tips and help, you can contact our educational advisors at advisor@abeka.com or at 877-223-5226.

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