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Are you homeschooling because your child was having emotional or social difficulties with a traditional school environment?

Mental health issues are often taxed by the stressful environment of a traditional school, so homeschooling can be an EXCELLENT choice for reducing your child’s stress levels and helping you manage her needs.

For a child with anxiety, homeschooling in a stable home environment can help eliminate a lot of anxieties.  Children who have bi-polar disorder or other mental health challenges can do better with homeschooling because homeschooling can help you better regulate your child’s environment.

Having a less stressful environment in which you can manage the stressors may help stabilize your child’s mood swings, especially when proper treatments are implemented.

If your child has anxiety, it can be difficult for him to function in a wide variety of settings. Overcoming anxiety can require years of therapy, and is never easy. While I don’t have a lot of great advice in this area, I have found this resource which may be of help: The Anxiety Free Child Program was developed by a Clinical Psychologist.

Anxiety Free Child is an award winning, parent-tested, parent-approved program which may be just what you need. You can go to the website and sign up for their five part email series that shatters the myths about overcoming anxiety called “The Art of Raising Anxiety-Free Kids”. The Anxiety Free Child Program is well worth checking out as a possible solution to anxiety problems in your child.

As a secondary issue, many kids with learning disabilities, but particularly those with anxiety issues, have low self-esteem. The Dr. Joe Rubino’s Self-Esteem Coach program is designed to train people to become “self-esteem coaches ” for children, but I think this is a valuable program for any parent (you) to build self-esteem in your own child. I’m certain the information and techniques will help in any work you do with your child’s friends, clubs, activities, etc., but the most significant value is undoubtedly found in helping your own child. 😉

While I don’t have a lot of Bipolar Child Resources, Organizations & Links yet, I’ve recently begun to learn more about Bipolar conditions and Manic Depressive disorder. I know this type of disability can be exceptionally difficult for families, and it is often very hard to know what is best for your child. The links below are the beginning of a collection. If you have a child who is Bipolar, and you know of great, useful sites, please email me and let me know!

A Model IEP for Bipolar Disorder
The Bipolar Child — A book about Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder
CABF Learning Centers- About Early Onset Bipolar Disorder
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