February 20, 2010
Choosing the right learning tool for a child with special needs can be a daunting task. Every child has his or her own combination of gifts, skills, needs, and difficulties with learning, so each deserves a customized learning program suited to his or her needs.
Parents want learning software that their children will like. However, while there are many entertaining “educational” web sites and software learning programs, few qualify as real educational learning systems, much less as one robust enough to support the special educational requirements of children with special needs. Unlike “educational games,” a learning system provides appropriately sequenced lessons and reinforced learning in an educationally valid, engaging scope and sequence.
When evaluating learning software for special educational needs, you should make sure that it:
- Proceeds at the student’s own special needs pace
- Builds on existing reading, writing and math skills
- Allows placing the child at different levels for math and language arts
- Encourages kids to become active learners through exploration and discovery
- Introduces new learning opportunities in a safe, supportive environment
- Balances learning with fun!
Time4Learning offers a comprehensive, educational learning system that builds and reinforces reading, writing and math skills. It is used by children with special needs as well as by gifted and mainstream students. Using an interactive online environment, our educational learning system mixes educational lessons with learning games designed to engage and challenge your young learner. Many homeschoolers with special learning needs find that Time4Learning.com really helps. If you’d like to discuss it with other parents, they host a section on the forum for discussions of homeschooling children with special needs.