bawiggles67's picture

Homeschooling a child with ADHD

I have a 12 year old son in the 6th grade who has ADHD and bipolar.   I am thinking about homeschooling him and wonder if anyone else homeschools a child with ADHD.

im_a_flymom's picture

Hi, my 9 yr old son has tourette syndrome ( confirmed by doctor ) and I believe ADHD also. We've been homeschooling for almost a year. I also have a daughter who is one of those ' perfect students '- she can sit for hours and do seatwork, while my son needs frequent breaks. It's been tricky figuring out how to teach both kids with very different learning styles, but we've managed. I expect next year to go more smoothly. It shouldn't be too difficult with just one and at that age. He should be able to do alot on his own and he should be able to choose some of the things he learns about. I've found that with my kids, if I let them have SOME say in what we're learning, the day goes much smoother and they learn more!

gospelway1's picture

School's today do not have the patience to deal with a child that has been classified by some medical term. Home Schooling may be the best choice for you, otherwise, your child could be swept into the cracks. What happened to "NO Child Left Behind."

JONSMOM2002's picture

My son is 9. He has homeschooled since last year. He has gone from C and D to A n Bs. We use Time 4 Learning. It is an online curriculum. He loves it and it is helping him way more than when he was in public school.

Jaci41's picture

Hi, my name is Jaci and I am taking a course on students with special needs at Southeastern Illinois College. As an assignment, we have to log on to this site and ask about personal experiences raising a child with special needs- like how the disability affects the rest of the family, and how it affects the collaboration between family and teacher. I am also curious how homeschooling has made your child's learning experience better or worse. You can reply by commenting on this thread or you can email me at Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

SkillaDo's picture

I suggest you try educational tools and e-learning software that encourage your child to learn independently and under your supervision. My second grandson had a similar sort of condition. We all were sad, disappointed, and concerned about him. My son introduced a phonics reading program and, in about 2 weeks, we all noticed that he had improved his reading & learning skills. It really worked for him :) You can take a readiness test here to assess where your child stands and how to best proceed with the EasyPhonics program and improve his reading skills