Parenting & Homeschooling ADHD & Autism
Hi Friend! I’m Lindsay. Welcome to A Heart For All Students where we’re talking all about parenting & homeschooling ADHD & Autism!
No matter what anyone has told you about your child, hear my heart.
I believe with every bit of my being that every child has been created by God with gifts, passions and purpose.
And together, we moms can change the narrative for kids who think and process the world differently.
To equip moms to boldly equip outside-the-box thinkers as EXACTLY who God has designed them to be.
Ultimately, to send these kids into the world with confidence & purpose.
Homeschooling Kids With ADHD Requires Adults To Use Flexible Thinking
(aka Executive Functioning Skills)
A little about me & why we just may be BFFs…
I’m An ADHD Homeschool Mom.
Yep. I’m a wife, mom of 3 (two biological and one adopted), an educator, & a proud member of the ADHD club.
Right now, I am obsessed with reading all things neuroscience. (ADHD hyperfocus, anyone?)
Grad School to Homeschool
Twenty years ago, I earned my Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of California, Irvine. It was then that I decided to homeschool my future kids.
And sure enough, we’ve been homeschooling for more 11 years.
Adoption Rocked Our World
Six years ago, we adopted a newborn boy. At 18-months, his behaviors became volatile and out of control.
I can only describe the next few years as hell-on-earth. It was the most humiliating, isolating and humbling experience of my life.
And yet God used it to radically transform me as a mom and educator…and OPEN MY EYES to the world of hidden special needs differences.
This is why A Heart For All Students exists.
My Gifts To You: Parent & Homeschool ADHD, Autism & More
So…What are we going to talk about here?
Homeschooling & Parenting ADHD, Autism & Outside-The-Box Thinkers
- Effective teaching strategies for that ADHD-wired brain,
- Speech & language and their & impact on reading, writing & relationships,
- Interest-based learning, learning differences, planning, curriculum
- Optimal learning outcomes for the individual child & more.
Christian Motherhood & Parenting ADHD, Autism & Anxiety
- Peaceful, effective, Gospel-based parenting rooted in Scripture & current understanding of neuroscience.
- The Gospel, the Church, Lies Christian moms believe,
- God’s heart for the marginalized
Neurodiversity (ADHD, Autism, Anxiety) & Mental Health:
Homeschooling ADHD & Autism Posts & Podcast Episodes
To Get You Started
More of Our Story: Adoption Led To Humility
Once he hit 18 months, our son stopped sleeping, started screaming bloody-murder all day long and destroyed EVERYTHING.
There was NOTHING he couldn’t get to. We were all miserable and it felt like we were under attack.
His dangerous behaviors nearly sent me to the ER for a heart attack. We lived in a state of chaos, anxiety and stress every day for years.
- He intentionally ran into the street because he saw a car heading towards us.
- Escaped the house. (Installing chain locks on all the doors worked until he learned how to use a broom handle to unhitch the chain.)
- Hung from a two-story balcony in our foyer.
- Hit, spit, and kicked at the slightest provocation.
- Oh… did I mention he stopped sleeping? No joke.
Traditional Parenting Failed Hidden Special Needs
We tried everything with him. I desperately wanted to do the right thing.
Nothing that I knew to do as a “good Christian momma” worked. In fact, those strategies just backfired.
And the isolation, judgement and shame were all-consuming.
But not anymore.
Look at this boy! Oh my cuteness!
He’s a Totally Different Kid & I’m A Totally Different Mom!
Outside-the-Kids Need An Outside-the-Box Approach
My desperate search for answers forced me to learn more about the brain and learning than I ever did in graduate school to become a teacher.
My Need To Use Adult Executive Functioning Skills & Learn
My years of personal study, research and in-depth conversations with some of the best pediatric specialists have taught me this:
Cognitive differences (whatever the cause) can drastically impact a child’s ability to receive and process information. This, my friend, impacts outward behavior.
Our kids are ALWAYS learning from us & us from them.
We’re all teachers.
And we’re all students.
How we communicate and teach matters.
This includes not only educational information, but more importantly, what we as moms want to impart to our kids:
- How to behave,
- Communicate big thoughts & feelings,
- And how love others well.
The number one change? Me.
I had to examine the traditional parenting approaches and drop them in favor of equipping my son well.
ADHD Homeschool Family
Aside from my totally chill hubby, the rest of us are all blessed with the gift of ADHD.
(Honestly, I had no idea until recently. I killed it in school and love to learn. Who knew?)
We’ve got a little Auditory Processing Disorder and language processing issues.
Sprinkle in a little anxiety and some autism, and we’ve got a pretty amazing neurodiverse family. And I wouldn’t change it for the world!
An Important Lesson
Investing in my own kids and so many others has taught me an important lesson:
In order for kids to succeed as THEMSELVES,
Parents and educators must be willing to work with the grain of a child’s learning style, capacity & interests.
Friend, our kids aren’t broken. It’s our system of education and parenting that’s broken.
Moms Changing The Narrative of ADHD, Anxiety & Autism
I truly believe that together, one mom at a time, we can change the narrative for our kids. Each one of us can collectively think outside-the-box as we homeschooling and parent the exact children God has given us.
We can support one another as we say NO to status quo in favor of equipping our kids based on:
- who they are,
- how they’re wired,
- their specific needs,
- and interests
with the ultimate goal of sending them out into the world with confidence & purpose.
Never Would Have Believed It
When I think back to where we were, I never would’ve believed that this memory (above) would ever be possible. But, I am telling you that so much JOY and HOPE has come. I am confident that you and your family can experience this freedom too!
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Your child is a gift to this world and I can’t wait to know you more.
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