Special Needs Support

Assisting the Needs of

Exceptional Learners

Homeschooling students that learn differently can be very daunting for families. They are often questioned and challenged. These families need a lot of encouragement to find good resources to support their child.  We’re here to help.


Special Needs MP3 Set

A collection of 24 of our convention talks to equip, encourage, and teach in many areas of unique learners. MP3 downloadable format.

Talks include:

Why Homeschooling A Child With Unique Needs Is A Great Choice! by Diane Geerlinks

Reading Difficulties—Dyslexia, Eye Tracking and Letter Recognition by Matthew Turton

Inside the Brain of a Hyperactive Homeschooler by Israel Wayne

Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner by Barbara Postma (HSLDA)



Admittedly, this list is limited.   We welcome your contributions – please email webmaster@ochec.org. List does not necessarily infer OCHEC endorsement.

  • Dr. Russell Barkley – YouTube
  • ADHD? Carol Barnier has a great website with ideas and resources along with Top Ten Teaching Tips for Highly Distractible Kids
  • Trix Bradley – NILD –Edison Learning Centre (Waterloo)
  • Suzanne Day – (Barrie) – www.neuroclinicbarrie.com
  • Diane Geerlinks – GeerLINKS Educational Therapy and Consulting –assessments, therapies, parent courses.
  • Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell YouTube – talks about the amazing talents in autism
  • Dr. Victor A Kuraitis O.D. vision therapy 905-935-1440 St. Catherine’s
  • Ben Loveday – (London) psychiatrist 226-374-6545
  • Dr. Coralee Mueller – (Oshawa) Vision therapy
  • Matthew Turton (Kitchener) Breakthroughs in Learning
  • Barbara Arrowsmith Young (Toronto, Peterborough) – Arrowsmith School
  • Karen Uschold – (Hamilton) Vianney Academy of Learning, Inc – mom with experience.
  • Temple Grandin website – Temple Grandin offers a unique perspective as she is autistic. Her website is filled with FAQ, articles and a place you can ask  a personal question. Not focused on homeschooling, but a great resource for parents.
  • Learning Abled Kids   – Recommended by a Mom whose son has complex learning abilities and disabilities.
  • Gifted Kids – a plethora of articles, ideas and tips for parents and educators of gifted children.

Many Special Needs organizations and support groups connect through Facebook and have their own websites – a good place to start your search.

  • CRA – RDSP – savings plan that is intended to help parents and others save for the long term financial security of a person who is eligible for the disability tax credit, contributions are not tax-deductible, withdrawals not treated as income.
  • CRA – Disability Tax Credit to reduce caregiver’s taxable income– need physician signed form
  • Home School Legal Defense – HSLDA – members only site – has many links for many diagnosis in members only pages.
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario – webinars, workshops, self-advocacy, etc
  • LHIN – Local Health Initiatives Network (previously CACC) – every town – this is the Ministry of Health
  • Closing the Gap program, very important for serious challenges for therapy acquisition
  • McMaster Medical Centre – (Hamilton) autistic program run through them, get your paper work in order first
  • National Institute for Learning Development – NILD – therapist, parent training
  • YouTube videos on ‘how to’ for many therapies – be discerning but these can be helpful.

Autism Spectrum:

  • Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison
  • Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin
  • This Anguishing Blessed Journey by Sonya Shafer

Auditory Processing:

  • When the Brain Can’t Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder by Teri James Bellis

Brain Dysfunctions:

  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge
  • Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson & Richard Guare
  • The Myth of Laziness by Mel Levine
  • Different Learners: Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Your Child’s Learning Problems by Jane Healy
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