Parents of children with special needs don’t always have time to keep up with the latest research and the newest trends in special needs education despite their desire to learn. Podcasts make continued education simple and on-the-go.
With podcasts being a popular new way to consume information, parents of homeschoolers are at an advantage as they can listen while multi-tasking. Whether in the car, while doing dishes, or at bedtime, listening to learn may take precedence over reading since podcasts are readily available, easy to consume, on-demand, and tackle every topic under the sun.
Here are recommendations for podcasts ideal for homeschoolers of children with special needs.
If you’re looking to stay on top of the latest topics in the area of special needs, you can find a slew of well-respected and renowned professionals on this podcast. You can expect authors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and more. The topics covered are relevant and necessary for anyone working with or raising children dealing with mental illness, autism, and other disabilities. As a homeschooler, use the research-based interviews to help you devise educational strategies specific to your child’s diagnosis. Find it on iTunes and BlogTalkRadio.
From the writers of ADDitude magazine, this podcast is designed to help individuals and parents of those diagnosed with ADHD and Learning Disabilities. The episodes are recordings of live webinar series in which experts answer questions submitted covering topics like symptoms of ADHD, education, work, and family life. Use the tips offered to help you better understand your child with ADHD so that you create an adapted homeschool plan. Find it on iTunes and Stitcher.
While not special needs-specific, these moms are a must-listen to for inspiring your homeschool journey. Each episode brings listeners into their homeschooling lives, answers listener questions, and discusses reviews and recommendations of homeschool resources. They cover information like how to start homeschooling, getting organized, and getting over a homeschool slump – all topics a parent of a child with special needs will find useful. Don’t miss their episode on Homeschooling a Child with Autism. Find this podcast on iTunes.
Hosted by Ellen Stumbo, a familiar name in the special needs community, this relatively young podcast navigates the joys and challenges of raising children with disabilities. It touches on topics such as parenting, marriage, and dealing with the daily realities of raising a child with special needs. It`s an empowering podcast that makes you feel Ellen is a familiar friend. Find it on iTunes.
This podcast is hosted by Speech and Language Pathologist, Carrie Clark. She shares hands-on, proactive, and creative activities to use with a child diagnosed with a speech/language delay or disorder based on current research. The information shared covers a range of ages, ability levels, and disabilities.
Learn about how to tackle articulation, phonology, stuttering, and the use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) so that it compliments your homeschool curriculum. The complimentary printables make for wonderful activities you can use within your day. You’ll likely find they match your child’s Individualized Intervention Plan (IIP) offered by the therapists your child works with. Find this podcast on iTunes.
The best way to consume podcasts is by subscribing to either iTunes (for Apple) or Stitcher (for Android). You will automatically receive notifications of new releases of your favorite podcasts as they become available. Always be sure to check the podcast notes to get additional information or downloads offered by the podcast host.
About the All-Star Blogger
Gabriella Volpe is a homeschooling mom of a child with special needs, a certified teacher and the homeschool consultant for families of children with special needs. She knows first-hand what it means to struggle with educational planning for a child who does not fit the system and is limited by resources and products intended for children without disabilities. She helps parents find ways to adapt and modify the curriculum so they don’t have to spend hours figuring it out on their own. She also helps after-schooling families of children with special needs navigate their way around the homework hours. You can find her at www.GabriellaVolpe.com