Special Needs Resources

For Your Charlotte Mason Homeschool

The Charlotte Mason method of education is uniquely designed to meet the needs of all children with all abilities. 

Special Needs Resources for Your Charlotte Mason Homeschool

Why the Charlotte Mason Method is a Perfect Fit for Your Child

At the heart of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy is the idea that personhood must be respected. 

“Children are Born Persons” is her very first Principle. Respect for personhood begins from birth – to treat each child as an individual – and to see a child’s worth, his value, in his higher self. 

Too often, children with special needs are viewed as “less than” because of their differences. Charlotte sees every child of every ability as an person of infinite worth.

What’s more, Charlotte’s method was designed to be adapted to fit each child’s needs. Unlike a system, where the child must bend to fit within it, Charlotte’s method bends to fit your child’s needs, and your family’s needs, perfectly.

Amy Bodkin, our Special Needs Consultant here at A Charlotte Mason Plenary, offers many resources for homeschooling families: 

About Amy


As a consultant, I make it my business to see each child as an individual and not as a diagnosis. I also strive to see each member of your family as an individual, analyzing each person’s needs, and working to provide a balanced plan that will meet your needs as a parent, as well as the needs of each child, while honoring your core beliefs.

I am a former School Psychologist and I have homeschooled my children using Charlotte Mason’s philosophy since the beginning. 

I have an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) with an emphasis in Neuropsychology, a Masters in Educational Psychology, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics. 

Professionally, personally, and as a parent, I have a significant amount of experience with Autism and all the many processing and learning disabilities that can go with Autism. All of these different angles of experience give me a very unique perspective and insight into homeschooling special needs students. 

I am drawn to the Charlotte Mason method because it was the way I wish I, as a child on the Autism spectrum, had been educated. Recognizing early on that our children were also on the Autism spectrum, I knew a Charlotte Mason education would be a perfect fit for many different reasons, but the primary reason is that Charlotte Mason chose to make her first principle “Children are born persons.” Too often children with special needs are viewed as “less than” because of their differences. Charlotte Mason makes respect for their personhood the foundation of their education.

Amy Bodkin