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Hi Latoya, it's great to hear you are thinking in homeschooling your special needs nephew. What is his condition by the way? I will list some options for you and I hope they may be helpful:
1. Visit Source 3 and register. It is a new site that deals with special needs children in Trinidad, we discuss all aspects from behavior to education and everything in between.
2. I am not sure if you are aware but the Ministry started some sort of program where you can request a teaching aide for your nephew at his school. This aide helps your nephew by reinforcing whatever the teacher taught that day as well as making sure he had his work done, etc.
3. If you want to homeschool, you need to decide what approach you want to take. There are as many styles as homeschoolers. It all depends on the needs of the child. Some kids handle well a "traditional" approach where specific books, curriculum, etc are in place as well as an schedule. Other kids work better in the Mason's approach which is learning everything through reading. Then you have "unschooling" approach which is unstructured. It centers around the interests of the child. Most unschooling parents make sure their children learn to read, write and do basic math. Lesson plans and traditional textbooks are not the norm.
You see, it all depends on the interests and needs of your nephew. My son (8) has also special needs, I use a mix of traditional approach and unschooling, it all depends on how much he can handle. Personally, I am not interested in him sitting SEA but you should call the Ministry and find out that. I am not sure how they handle it.
Let me know which homeschooling approach you're thinking of and I would be glad to help.