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  • kingjesusismine
    ... Hi Michelle, I too have a daughter with mild cp. Probably caused from a traumatic birth. She did really well learning her abc s on a computer program, but
    Message 1 of 5 , Mar 17 9:23 AM
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      --- In 0-homeschoolreviews@yahoogroups.com, "Michelle Reinhardt"
      <M.Reinhardt@...> wrote:
      > Hi, I'm new here. I am looking for free computer school work for a
      > child who has mild to moderate CP, and learning disabilities.

      Hi Michelle,
      I too have a daughter with mild cp. Probably caused from a traumatic
      birth. She did really well learning her abc's on a computer program,
      but I no longer have it and am not sure what is was of where to find
      it. But I am writing especially to encourage you. I have always
      homeschooled my daughter feeling very inadequate She is now 11 years
      old. She still draws at a 3-year old level, and her testing shows her
      in the 1% of her peers. But ACADEMICALLY, they say she is doing way
      better than what they normally see with a child with her IQ. She
      reads at a 6th grade level, and is in a 3rd grade math and doing
      well. I use Christian Light for her math and reading. LA is too in
      depth. I also do their Science. It has been a rough road but we have
      stuck to it. NOTHING and I mean NOTHING can take the place of you
      working with her daily one on one. Computer programs should only
      supplement her work. The reason they are effective is because they
      engage all five senses. But being on the computer or watching too
      much television has been shown to work against the brains strength,
      not for it.
      Anyway, I know so many people have things to say. Moms always know
      what is best. Listen to your doctor, but listen to your own heart
      too. I am glad you put the query out for computer programs because I
      will like to see what comes from it.
      Sincerely,
      E. Van Cleve
    • beccajohnny@blomand.net
      ... Hi Michelle, I m a homeschooling mom but I worked for a number of years as an assistive technology specialist with a school district. I m also a special ed
      Message 2 of 5 , Mar 18 11:28 AM
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        > Hi, I'm new here. I am looking for free computer school work for a
        > child who has mild to moderate CP, and learning disabilities.

        Hi Michelle, I'm a homeschooling mom but I worked for a number of years as an assistive technology specialist with a school district. I'm also a
        special ed teacher and have taught many kids with CP, learning
        disabilities and more.

        I wonder if the Dr. wasn't mainly concerned with all the writing that's involved with schoolwork and how hard it is for physically challenged kids to keep up with the demands of writing or the physical stress it can cause. If that's the case, you may just want to keep it simple and use regular books, but prop them up where she can see them without straining. Then have her type her answers using a wordprocessor.

        This may sound overly simple, but I have found that it is better to focus on the quality of the content than to limit children's learning to what you can find provided on the computer. The computer just can't teach like a real person.

        --beccajohnny
      • Jayne Nagy
        ... Have you ever looked into ? Until last week I had my granddaughter signed up and working on that site. She s not special
        Message 3 of 5 , Mar 19 11:12 AM
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          >Computer learning for special needs

          Have you ever looked into <http://www.time4learning.com>? Until last week I had my granddaughter signed up and working on that site. She's not special needs but didn't care for workbook type curriculum. We
          recently purchased Switched on Schoolhouse for her and she loves it.
          Tinme4learning may be a good option for you and while not free, is
          very reasonably priced.

          --Jayne
        • E Langton
          ... Purchase the book HomeSchool Your Child For Free. It is only $20 and has over 1500 websites for all ages and all subjects and curriculum also many
          Message 4 of 5 , Mar 19 8:29 PM
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            >I am looking for free computer school work for a
            >child who has mild to moderate CP, and learning disabilities.
            >Her Dr. stated that she wanted her to do ALL of her school
            >work on the computer.

            Purchase the book HomeSchool Your Child For Free. It is only $20 and has over 1500 websites for all ages and all subjects and curriculum also many other links.. it's been great for me.

            --E Langton

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