This post was originally posted at TAD Town.
When I was a child there was not too many choices available to my parents when it came to my education. There was a Catholic private school in town, but my parents never even thought about sending me there. Instead they sent me to public school just as their parents sent them. And there was no hesitation or debate about whether this was a good match. They simply did not have much choice in the matter and that was that.
These days parents have so many choices in regards to just about everything, and though this can feel overwhelming at times, in the area of education it is a blessing. Children and teens have such unique needs that finding the best environment to meet their needs is half the battle when it comes to their education. And this is especially true when you are thinking about your twice-exceptional child. Because these kids have struggles and disabilities they need to be in an environment that is equipped to deal with these issues. And because they are also gifted, these students need to be in an environment that will allow their passions and talents to soar.
When it came time for me to start thinking about my own children and their education I knew I wanted something different for them than what I had. I struggled in school. I had anxiety and some learning struggles that were never addressed while at the same time I felt bored over and over again with what we were learning. My education left much to be desired and I did not want my kids to have those same feelings.
I am lucky that I discovered homeschooling before the kids started school. When I first heard about homeschooling I had no idea what exactly it would entail or if it was something I could do, but I knew I wanted to try. And this was at a time when the internet was starting to take off so I was able to find the resources I needed while also connecting with other homeschooling parents. This was 18 years ago and though there was not as much resources available as there is today I knew this was the right choice for my kids. They soared with homeschooling and had such a joy for learning that I never had. It was wonderful to see.
If you are struggling with finding a good choice for your 2E student you may want to consider homeschooling. There are many reasons this path is a solid choice for your child, and I want to take a moment to go over them in case it may help someone considering this option.
So if your 2E/gifted child is struggling in a traditional school setting and you are researching choices, I would highly suggest that you look into homeschooling. Likewise if you have young children and are just beginning to think about their schooling I would also recommend homeschooling. It is a great choice for many and one that should be considered by all parents of 2E kids.
AHA! has opened up its first group on Facebook. This group is for parents who are homeschooling their twice-exceptional teens. If you have or will soon have a 2E teen, please join us. Our hope is to become a welcoming and supportive place for each other as we are on this journey. Thanks.
AHA! is the creation of myself and my business partner Sarah who is also a homeschool mom. Because we are both raising and educating children who are diagnosed as 2E we understand first-hand the need for support in this community. Through AHA! we hope to provide that support by creating a tight-knit online community.
AHA! is in the earliest development stage. Right now we have a Facebook pageand a Twitter page and are working on developing our future projects. By liking our Facebook or Twitter page you can stay in the loop of all AHA! developments. We will also be posting relevant news and information on our page.
This year we are working on several projects including an online support group, a Facebook group for our teens (that will be heavily moderated and include a teen book club), a podcast hosted by myself and Sarah that will cover all the issues we face, and further down the line, an in-person support group.
Other services offered by AHA! will include individual consulting to the new-to-homeschooling parent of a 2E child. For more information on AHA! or if you have any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.