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5 Ways Homeschooling Helps Kids Who Have Bipolar Disorder

Homeschooling is great for any child, but it's particularly helpful to children who are living with mental health issues, such as bipolar disorder. Find out how in this post.

 "It is a lonely existence to be a child with a disability which no-one can see or understand..." - Susan Hampshire
As I learn more about my daughters' individual challenges and symptoms, my understanding of just how fortunate they are to be homeschooled grows. 

Today, I'm focusing on bipolar disorder because it is the predominant challenge in our home.

When you have a child, or anyone in your home, who has bipolar disorder, you may be the driver, but this disorder is always riding shotgun.

You can still enjoy the trip, but you maintain a keen awareness that this passenger is next to you. You understand that at any given moment it may grab the wheel and take you on a wild ride.

This is why I believe my children are so fortunate to be homeschooled and I am blessed to be able to teach them.

How a Charlotte Mason Education Helps Special Needs Children: Part II

Photo of a child reading a book

In Part 1 of How a Charlotte Mason Education Helps Special Needs Children, we discussed how family studies, narration and short lessons are beneficial to children with special needs. Today, I want to discuss The arts and outdoor time. 

How a Charlotte Mason Education Helps Special Needs Children: Part I

The Charlotte Mason method respects a child's natural limits and is a most useful method of education for special needs children.

I think we all know I love the Charlotte Mason method. But now that I'm truly understanding that we are a special needs family, I realize how it helps us in so many other ways. 

I believe this method is beneficial to all children, but I've thought of a few ways that it really helps those with special needs.

Living Books Stimulate and Inspire

Children with bipolar disorder and dyslexia have very vivid imaginations. These children can be distracted, but are very creative. 

Giving them books that stimulate their imaginations almost ensures their focus. Many times, it inspires them to do something else such as draw, write their own story, or explore something in nature.

Confession of a Special Needs Mom

A homeschool mom confesses something to her readers: Her children have bipolar disorder.

Dear Readers,

I've held back from being totally open with you. 

When I began this blog almost 4 years ago, I was homeschooling two little girls. Two perfectly "normal" little girls. In my story of our homeschool journey, I mentioned that my son had suffered with A.D.H.D. and the problems in public school that led us to homeschooling nearly 14 years ago. Other than that one "special need," which I no longer was dealing with, I had no other "special needs" children.

At least I didn't think so.

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