Homeschooling Resources

Many parents with children with Down syndrome choose to homeschool.  RRVDSS respects the decision of parents because we believe that only the parent knows what is truly best for their child.  And because we serve our membership in its entirety (and not just those who choose public or private school options), we offer these homeschooling resources.

Books on Teaching
Children with Down Syndrome

Classroom Language Skills for Children with Down Syndrome:  A Guide for Parents and Teachers  by Libby Kumin, Woodbine (2001)


Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome by Libby Kumin, Woodbine, (2003)


Teaching Math to People With Down Syndrome and Other Hands-On Learners: Basic Survival Skills (Topics in Down Syndrome) by DeAnna Horstmeier, Woodbine (2004)


Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and Other Hands-On Learners: Book 2, Advanced Survival Skills by DeAnna Horstmeier, Woodbine, (2008)


Teaching Math CD-Rom by DeAnnan Horstemeir, Woodbine.  (2008) (this supports the 2 previous books)


Teaching Reading to Children with Down Syndrome:  A Guide for Parents and Teachers by Patricia Logan Oelwein, Woodbine (1995)


The above are just a few of the many books available to families that choose to homeschool their children that have Down syndrome.  All of the above books can be found at or as well as others book stores.


Books on Teaching

Children with Learning Disabilities


Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers With Special Needs by Susan R. Sandall, Brookes Publishing (2002)


Choosing Home: Deciding to Homeschool With Asperger's Syndrome by Martha Kennedy Hartnett, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2004)


Complete Learning Disabilities Handbook: Ready-to-Use Strategies & Activities for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities, New Second Edition by Joan M. Harwell, Jossey Bass (2007)


Help for the Struggling Student: Ready-to-Use Strategies and Lessons to Build Attention, Memory, and Organizational Skills by Mimi Gold, Jossey-Bass, (2003)


Home Educating our Autistic Spectrum Children: Paths are Made by Walking
by Terri Dowty, Kitt Cowlishaw (Editors), Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2002)


Home Schooling Children With Special Needs by Sharon Hensley, Noble Publishing (1995)


Homeschooling The Challenging Child: A Practical Guide by Christine M. Fields, B & H Publishing (2005)


Homeschooling the Child with ADD (or Other Special Needs): Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the Child with Learning Differences by Lenore Colacion Hayes, Prima Lifestyles (2002)


Homeschooling the Child With Asperger Syndrome: Real Help for Parents Anywhere and on Any Budget by Lise Pyles, Jessica Kingsley Publishing (2004)


How the Special Needs Brain Learns by David A. Sousa, Corwin Press (2006)


How To Teach Your Dyslexic Child To Read: A Proven Method for Parents and Teachers by B.H. Baumer, Citadel, (2000)


Let's Write!: A Ready-To-Use Activities Program for Learners With Special Needs  by Cynthia M. Stowe, Jossey-Bass (2000)


The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children With Special Needs: A Guide for Parents and Teachers by Sue Schwartz, Woodbine (2004)


Steps to Independence:  Teaching Everyday Skills to Children with Special Needs, Third Edition by Bruce L. Baker, Brookes Publishing (2003)


Teaching by Design by Kimberly S. Voss, Woodbine House, 2005


Teaching Children and Adolescents with Special Needs (5th Edition) by Judy Olson, Jennifer Platt, Prentice Hall (2007)


Wordplay : Fun games for Building Reading and Writing Skills in Children With Learning Difficulties by Lori Goodman, Lora Myers, McGraw-Hill (2004)



The above are just a few of the many books available to families that choose to homeschool their children that have any learning challenge.  All of the above books can be found at or as well as others book stores.



Additional Resources


A.D.D. Warehouse Catalog - Online Catalog of Books, Videos, and Training Programs Resources on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Asperger's, Autism, Tourette's, and Learning Problems.  (800) 233-9273


Brookes Publishing - Guidebooks, texts, curricula, videos and tools based on the best research in disabilities, education and child development.  (800) 638-3775


Different Roads to Learning Catalog - They sell materials for teaching children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  (800) 853-1057


Lingui Systems - Sell many speech, language, learning disabilities, reading and other resources.  (800) 776-4332


PCI Educational Publishing - PCI's goal is to provide bright ideas and innovative products to educators. PCI products help teachers enable students to develop skills in all major curriculum areas within the context of real world applications. 1-800-594-4463


Super Duper Publications - Creative, colorful educational materials to be used for speech and language development. (800) 277-8737


Woodbine House - Woodbine House is a publisher specializing in books about children with special needs. Our titles within the Special-Needs Collection cover AD/HD, autism, celiac disease, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, learning disabilities, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, early intervention, inclusion, special education, communication skills, and more.  (800) 843-7323





Homeschooling Children with Learning Challenges


Adapted Bob Jones Curriculum  - Bob Jones University is piloting adapted K4, K5 and 1st grade material.  You can only receive information and the product by contacting the author, Diane Brown, directly.  You may contact her at, (864) 235-3323, or 120 Lullwater Road, Greenville, SC  29607. - Home education service for families of children with learning differences, difficulties and disabilities; providing information, consulting and resources to parents teaching their children at home. - resources for homeschooling parents of children with a variety of special needs - Children and Adults w/Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - site is dedicated to sharing other sites with families of

exceptional children Teach math facts with fun ideas - Innovative educational resources - educational activities for children - A web site providing activities to promote independence in children and adults with special learning needs - internet support and ideas for homeschooling children with special learning needs. - Here are links that will help the homeschool family with a special needs child. - Home School Legal Defense Association - Handwriting Without Tears - Provides unique, quality products in the area of Language Arts, teaching tips, choosing curriculum, and special needs. Help students learn to read, spell, and write effectively. - free printable activity worksheets available in math, language arts, geography, etc. - The leading Web site on learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and other professionals -provides you with information, curriculum resources, and tools to help you homeschool your bright child who happens to have a learning disability:  You'll find information about reading disabilities, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), ADD, ADHD, homeschool curriculum recommendations, tools for teaching and learning, and a whole lot more. - Reading program Teaches math using manipulatives - Teach and learn money skills, personal finance, money management, business, careers, real life skills, and more - National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network Vocabulary building program - reading books for beginning readers with special needs - A parent's guide to helping children with learning differences Complete basic skills mathematics program  - Homeschooling curriculum and special services for families of

Catholic fath.  - You can make reading easy for your child with special needs Online spelling curriculum.  You can use their spelling list or make your own.  Makes spelling fun and exciting. Reading, writing, and grammar Teaches math using multi-sensory teaching approach - Software for mastering math & language arts

Here are a few website  that offer programs specifically for children with learning challenges. There are many others available.


Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society is a nonprofit support organization serving northeast Texas, southwest Arkansas and southeast Oklahoma.

Phone: 903.783.1922                                                                             Fax: 903.783.1277

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