Are you looking for a speaker about special needs homeschooling or homeschooling in less than perfect times? Then you are in the right place!
I have spoken at conventions both in person & online, home groups, MOPS groups, and retreats. As you read through my blog you will find that the Lord has given my family many unique experiences. Homeschooling for over a decade while dealing with a variety of learning and medical issues. I have spoken about my pregnancy loss, our dietary restrictions, and more general how-to homeschool topics.
The Lord has lit a fire in my heart to help encourage and support the special needs homeschooling community!
If you have a theme for your event let me know. I thrive on the challenge of creating a meaningful, informative workshop, or speech for your special event!
Keynote and Featured Speaker Options
Thinking About Homeschooling Your Child With Special Needs? You know there has to be a better way for your child to learn, but are you ready to take the plunge into homeschooling? Whether you are scared, anxious, confused, or determined homeschooling is what must happen, I am here to help!
After a decade of homeschooling my special needs family I understand. Would you like to know how other parents have made the tough decisions you are facing? How to deal with the school system and therapies. The 1, 2,3′s of getting started. I am going to share how some families have balanced their special needs homeschooling life and schedule. A practical look at the first steps into homeschooling your child with special needs.
Standing Strong: Are you facing storms in your life? No job? No money? Health failing? The government threatening your homeschooling and parental rights? We have faced many of these storms. These storms have threatened our family with destruction, but the Lord held us fast. We made it through stronger!
I share our story and how we were able to stand against the storms. I pray our trials will give you hope for your difficulties and courage to Stand Strong!
My most asked for workshop has been refreshed and updated!
Special needs homeschooling? Yes you can!: Can I legally homeschool? I am just not sure if I have the time/ patience/ education to help my child with a learning disability? HELP! The current situation is not working but I just don’t know where to start this thing you call homeschooling! After a decade plus of homeschooling 5 children with multiple medical and learning needs I can tell you from the bottom of my heart YES YOU CAN! I am here to help!
Who needs Normal Anyway! Our journey into homeschooling and the bumps along the way. How we realized that we were dealing with learning outside the norm. The steps we used to decide how to continue. Is this a problem or phase? How to go about getting testing, therapy, and deciding on public shool or private help. As a homeschooling parent how to adjust your schedule/ learning/ and curriculum to maximize learning! The encouragement that homeschooling doesn’t have to be smooth to be successful!
Navigating High School when you have Special issues: How to build a solid high school schedule for your child. How can I write a transcript for a teen that is struggling with basics and life skills? What diploma options are there for our special needs teens? Are there any special concerns about stepping into adulthood that I need to know? Lets look at the final stretch of homeschooling together and make some solid plans for the future!
Special Needs Homeschooling Open Talk: I host/or take part in an open discussion on special needs homeschooling issues. I will have several topics and questions prepared that are often asked. I will also talk to the group about starting their own groups for support. Together our burdens are lighter!
Couple led workshop (led by Christopher and Heather Laurie)
eSpecially Delicate Marriages: Marriages crack under the pressure of intense situations like special medical needs or homeschooling difficulties. Add a marriage stretched by finacial concerns and spotty outside personal support could your marriage be heading for a brick wall called divorce? We pray not! In fact let’s be sure you are not! Let’s talk openly about pitfalls, how to avoid them, and the foundations needed to create a loving strong home!
Homeschooling with autism ROCKS! : The diagnosis of autism is often followed by a list of therapies your child needs and the discussion on how ‘you can’t possibly homeschool your autistic child’. You can successfully, responsibly, and with great joy homeschool your child! We discuss everything from the curriculum adjustments, how to get needed therapies, and even the ‘socialization question.’ We talk about setting attainable goals and where can our special kids go at the end of the journey?
Gifted and Twice Exceptional Children at Home: What a joy to have a child that is gifted! A gifted and twice exceptional child comes with a life of intensity. Simply trying to keep up with their curriculum needs (3 grades in one year!) can be expensive and tiring. Future plans like PSAT, SAT, and ACT testing is not something in the distant future for your family, it’s approaching fast! Twice exceptional parents have additional issues like should I test my child for a learning disability? This is a workshop packed with ideas of how to deal with your fast learner, and not break the bank. Guidelines on when your child might need testing or not. Where to go in the important high school range of learning. Most importantly how to help your child’s emotions and personal skills keep up with their intellect.
**Both these workshops are VERY similar. The 1st is focused on Gifted AND Twice Exceptional. The 2nd workshop is more focused on only Gifted homeschooling.***
Your Gifted Child at Home: What a joy to have a child that is gifted! A gifted child comes with a life of intensity. Simply trying to keep up with their curriculum needs, from slightly ahead to several grades in 1 year. Homeschooling a gifted child can be expensive and tiring. Future plans like PSAT, SAT, and ACT testing is not something in the distant future for your family, it’s approaching fast! This is a workshop packed with ideas of how to deal with your fast learner, and not break the bank. Guidelines on where to get extra help during those high school years. Most importantly how to help your child’s emotions and personal skills keep up with their intellect. Parenting a gifted child is a delight and one that I would love to share with you!
Gifted Gals: This workshop is for the ladies! Moms, preteens, and teens that have been blessed with giftedness. What are you going to be when you grow up? That’s a loaded question when asked to a gifted gal; the answer (by many) is expected to be nuclear physicist. What if you don’t feel that is right for you? This is a heart to heart talk about what the Lord is calling you to be and what your desires rather than what the world tells you to be. Where is your heart guiding you? How can you find that special path?
Don’t Dys-miss Me! A look at the neglected learning disabilities: Learning disabilities can affect any part of the learning process. Where do I draw the line between messy writing and dysgraphia? Math is hard but my son just doesn’t get it! We talk about many of the under discussed learning disabilities such as dysgraphia, dyscalculia, processing disorders, and memory/retrieval issues. Bring your questions and lets discuss ideas to help your child flourish!
Sensory Intense Kids: Movers, Shakers, and Denim Cloth Haters: Does your child bounce constantly? Will your child refuse to touch sand? We discuss Sensory Integration Disorder and what it means to our homeschooling. Practical advice and ideas from a mom who has lived on the sensory roller coaster for years, and if pushed I would have to admit to having sensory issues myself. How to adapt your learning environment to help your child thrive!
Diploma Blindness: When your teen can think no further then what they need to know to graduate. Or worse your homeschooling has ground to a halt. A tiring tug of war that you know your teen needs to keep going and be successfull but they just don’t see the need. How to encourage and redirect your teen towards the big picture. Graduation and onto a wonderful future!
Resistant Learners: Your child just doesn’t want to learn! They drag their feet, forget assignments, and otherwise frustrate you with their excuses. Let’s look at why many children stop wanting to learn. How to overcome those obstacles! Tips and ideas from moms that have been there. Let’s get this homeschool back on track!
Running a Home on 1 Paycheck and a Prayer!- How to keep a home going with a small budget. We have learned through experience of unemployment, high medical bills, and one income because of our choice to homeschool. Let’s look at the areas we can make the most impact. Food: Simple recipes and meal planning ideas. Using sales, couponing, and warehouse stores to get the best deal. Household expenses: Trading sweat equity with neighbors, finding contract suppliers, and preventative maintence pays off in the long run! Medical expenses: Preventative appointments, healthy living is worth the small up front expense, and how to pay off those huge hospital bills! Finally the odds and ends of life that crop up and can kill a budget.
Led by Christopher Laurie:
A Christian of High Virtual Character: In this world of high tech we need to teach our children how to remain an upright, moral, christian. The online world encourages reckless comments, gossipy content, and anonymous sniping. We want to teach our children to rise above that and have a Godly presence in person and online!
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Thank you for your time and prayerful consideration. God bless!