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How to Find a Suitable Co-op
Volume 117, Program 50
11/8/2013
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Joining a homeschool co-op can provide great social interaction for a child with special needs. But what should her parent keep in mind to guide her experience? Host Mike Smith and HSLDA Special Needs Coordinator Faith Berens share resources today for families with struggling learners who are thinking about joining a co-op. That’s on today’s Home School Heartbeat.

Mike Smith:
Faith, are there any resources available to help homeschool parents find a co-op that can accommodate their child with special needs?

Faith Berens:
Absolutely. I want to share Barbara Newman’s CLC Network. It’s Christian Learning Center Network. Barbara has available resources and training materials for churches and other organizations and ministries to assist them in building support systems and enable people with varying disabilities to be included in all aspects of life.

Mike:
Faith, what are some ways that homeschool co-ops can make children with special needs feel welcome and a part of the group?

Faith Berens:
Well, keep in mind that their child obviously has strengths and weaknesses. They need to be their child’s biggest cheerleader, as certainly they are. And again, remember to focus on what your child can do, not what they can’t do. And just be blessed and remember that God has big plans and purposes for their child, and by placing them in a co-op, they can also minister and teach others. God’s going to use them to bless other people.

Mike:
Well, Faith, thank you for your encouragement and advice this week. We’re so grateful to have you at HSLDA! And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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