I received a question yesterday from a mom wanting to know how to homeschool a child with ODD. This can be quite challenging, particularly if the child does not respect or get along with the parent doing the homeschooling. In many cases, it is better if a child with ODD is schooled outside of the home. However, when attempts have failed in pubic or private schooling, parents find themselves in a position where they need to be the ones doing the educating. Or, perhaps, they desire to be the ones doing the educating. What’s a parent to do?
Here are some things worth trying:
1) Utilize CD or DVD-based learning to allow the student to hear/receive the instruction from someone other than the parent. Some examples are: Teaching Textbooks, Switched-On Schoolhouse, Math-U-See, Abeka DVD.
2) Utilize an interactive online school such as Time4Learning. Many kids who have ODD and/or ADHD tend to do well with interactive, visual, high-tech education.
3) Consider seeing a therapist as a family to work through issues that are ongoing and those that may arise during the schooling day. A therapist can give great feedback into making progress.
4) Celebrate little successes.
5) Consider that your child may be a very right-brained learner and read and try things that right-brained learners find successful.
6) Pray daily . . . even multiple times . . . especially when you feel your son or daughter’s anger makes you feel angry.
Please share your ideas and success stories with homeschooling a child with ODD by leaving a comment below.
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