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Struggling to Learn
Volume 98, Program 23
7/21/2010
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Through the generosity of many donors, the Home School Foundation is able to offer a variety of scholarships to homeschooling families to help with specific needs. Learn more by visiting the Home School Foundation online.

Where would you turn if you realized that one of your children was struggling to learn? Today on Home School Heartbeat, one mom who’s been in that situation tells about finding help—and hope—through the Home School Foundation. Join host Mike Farris and his guest to hear the story.

Mike Farris:
Vicki, who’s a mom from New York who homeschooled both of her sons through high school, is on the program with me today. Vicki, welcome!

Vicki:
Thank you, and thank you so much for all you’re doing for homeschoolers.

Mike:
That’s very kind of you. Vicki, tell us when you noticed that your son was struggling to learn.

Vicki:
We first noticed that Tim was struggling to learn in high school. But since we were homeschooling, we were able to tailor his schooling to his learning style, which was to discuss. But when he was nearing the end of 11th grade, he said he felt he wasn’t really learning and thought he might have a learning disability. And the Lord led us to a homeschooling-friendly educational psychologist at a local college who evaluated him and diagnosed him with non-verbal learning disability.

Mike:
And how did you learn about the Home School Foundation and the possibility of a grant to help your son?

Vicki:
After we got the diagnosis, we learned that Tim could receive vocational rehabilitation because of his learning disability, but that required an independent educational evaluation, or an IEE. I contacted HSLDA to see if our membership entitled us to receive a discount or an HSLDA perk for this evaluation, and Home School Foundation told me that there was a grant available to help us with the expense.

Mike:
Vicki, thanks so much for joining me today. We’re going to talk about the rest of your family’s story next time—the assistance you received, and how it’s made a difference. I’m Mike Farris.


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