Episode 15: Help When Special Needs Are Hard

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Could you use a little help when special needs are hard? Whether you are homeschooling a child with autism, dyslexia, or any other challenge—diagnosed or undiagnosed—today’s episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show will fill you with hope and ideas that you can implement right at home. Stephanie Morrison of The Canadian Schoolhouse offers five approaches to resilient home education for your unique learner in Episode 15: “Help When Special Needs Are Hard.


Connect with God’s Word 

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6–7 KJV)

Five Approaches to Resilient Home Education for Your Unique Learner 

Here are the five approaches host Stephanie Morrison outlined in today’s episode: 

  1. Pray for God’s grace and peace to flow through you. 
  2. Seek the curriculum that works with your children. 
  3. Equip yourself with books about other moms dealing with similar special needs. 
  4. Be open to change.
  5. Learn all you can about learning styles, learning challenges, and learning experiences.

Connect with The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 

For more on the topic of special needs, click on the links to these recent articles from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine:

Did you know that every issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine includes the topic of special needs? Released quarterly, each issue is filled with encouragement, advice, resources, review, and more that you’ll refer to time and again. 

Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show “As we’re raising our kids there are so many things that we can get overwhelmed with, but we don’t have to. We have a Savior, a God we can turn to.”- Stephanie Morrison

Connect with The Homeschool Minute 

Spend a minute with your friends from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine!

The Homeschool Minute is a weekly eNewsletter for anyone homeschooling or considering starting. It’s brief yet packed with a powerful dose of encouragement to keep you going strong in your commitment to your family and to the Lord. Subscribe to the free homeschool newsletter.

Connect with The Canadian Schoolhouse

The Canadian Schoolhouse is pleased to share these resources, including several by Diane Geerlinks, who was included in today’s episode. 

Connect with 

Help with Special Needs focuses on the special-needs resources you will find on Its goal is to help you find resources to help your child excel. All  lessons on are self-paced so you and your child determine the pace. 

Connect with the Homeschool Store

Discover practical help to assist you with your child’s unique learning abilities/disabilities with “Someplace Called Special . . . Special Needs Children.” Ten real families share ten unique stories of struggle and triumph. Includes a section called “The Good, The Bad, and The Blunt” with answers to questions often asked about special needs. Educate your children, by educating yourself with this eBook from The Old Schoolhouse®. 

Connect with the TOS App

Do you have the new and enhanced TOS App? It’s the hub for homeschooling. You can access all The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine articles—and more—wherever you go, whenever you need them. Search for homeschooling topics important to you. You’ll find curriculum choices, resources, homeschool advice, help, and encouragement. The app content is updated weekly. The TOS App is now better than ever, and it’s free. You can find the TOS App on Google Play or download at the App Store today! 

Connect with Upcoming Episodes

New episodes of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show are released every Monday. Check back right here for show notes and links at Here is what you can look forward to next: 

  • 5/15/23: Episode 16—“Remembering Why We Homeschool” hosted by Christine Weller of and The Canadian Schoolhouse
  • 5/22/23: Episode 17—“Living Books and Good Literature – What Are They?” an interview with Dr. Mark Hamby of Lamplighter Ministries hosted by Heather Vogler of The Old Schoolhouse®
  • 5/29/23: Episode 18—“Help! I Want My Kids to Be Good Financial Stewards” hosted by Stephanie Morrison of The Canadian Schoolhouse and Christine Weller of and The Canadian Schoolhouse

Questions or comments on the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show podcast? We would love to hear from you at

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