Homeschool Special-Needs Track

Especially Designed for Parents of Struggling Learners

Special Needs at the Convention

If you have a child who has–or you suspect may have–a learning disability or special need, come to the convention for support, resources, and information provided by homeschool parents who have walked this path!

Meet Our Special Needs Team!

Special Needs Track on Thursday

Kyndra Steinmann, Mona Pittman, and Kathy Kuhl

Noon – 5 p.m. — Room E-22 A

SPECIAL-NEEDS TRACK – SESSION A – NOON TO 1 P.M

Teaching Children with Special Needs
If you are homeschooling a child with special needs or learning differences, you are not alone! This information-packed session includes three TED-style talks presented by experienced homeschool parents and knowledgeable special-needs sources. Topics will include “Freedom and Structure: The Foundation” by Kyndra Steinmann, “Calling Air Traffic Control: Anybody There?” by Mona Pittman, and “Planning: A Key to Success” by Kathy Kuhl. Additional sessions follow at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

What is the foundation of your homeschool? How do you give a child the best atmosphere for learning and growth? Children are persons, and we can create a safe, stimulating environment that leads them into their full potential. Learn how to develop a vision for your homeschool that suits your children and their needs.

Executive functioning—what is it? How does it “play out” in real life? What happens when executive function doesn’t function? Executive function is a set of mental processes that help us connect past experience with present action. Some children, however, have trouble using it to perform activities such as planning projects, shifting from one task to another, organizing time, and more. Come learn how to help your learner with these struggles.

You need a plan to get through your day, month, and year. Learn to survey your child’s abilities and gifts, set appropriate goals, shop wisely, and find resources and support. And finally, you must learn what to do when life interferes with your well-laid plans!

SPECIAL-NEEDS TRACK – SESSION B – 2 TO 3 P.M.

Round-Table Topics
Meet with our three presenters to dig deeper, discuss the topics from session one in detail, delve into specific scenarios, and get your questions answered.

SPECIAL-NEEDS TRACK – SESSION C – 4 TO 5 P.M.

Special Needs Resource Fair E-22A
Meet with exhibitors who provide specific products and services for children with special needs or learning differences! The Fair will take place in Room E-22 A, but some exhibitors will also be available in the Exhibit Hall throughout the convention.

Special Buddies Program

The Special Buddies program…because everyone needs a break sometimes.
Special Buddies is a unique program for children with moderate to severe special needs whose parents are attending the convention. Special Buddies staff and volunteers are equipped with the heart and the training to faithfully serve these dynamic individuals and their families. Learn more and complete an application here.

Friday Workshops

Panel: Help for Parents of Struggling Learners ~ Judi Munday, Mona Pittman, Kyndra Steinmann

Session 1 – Friday, June 7 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m
Have a student with a special learning issue—or suspect you might have one? Join this lineup of experts and experienced homeschool parents to get your questions answered!

The Why, Where, and When of Looking Deeper ~ Mona Pittman

Session – 2 Friday, June 7 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
You suspect your child may have a learning disability. How do you know when it’s time to seek an evaluation? How should you proceed? Come learn about the signs and symptoms of common learning challenges, including dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, central auditory processing disorder, and visual processing disorder. Recognize the risk indicators at every level, and come away with resources and strategies that really work.

Accommodations and Modifications for Struggling Students ~ Judi Munday

Session 3 Friday, June 7 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Have a student who is struggling? Learn how to choose materials at the right difficulty level and successfully utilize or adapt books to suit your learner. Lots of practical, research-based information to effectively individualize instruction.

Saturday Workshops

Early Literacy Skills—The Foundation of Forever Learning ~ Mona Pittman

Session 3 – Friday, June 7 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Before the age of five, you children must master self-awareness, social malleability, rhyming, sequencing, story-telling, and print awareness. Mona helps you understand the importance of total immersion in rich vocabulary and the power of a powerful story.

Study Skills and Individualizing Instruction ~ Judi Munday

Session 4 Saturday, June 8 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Learn practical tips to help older students develop greater independence in their studies. Learn about effective study skills and independent learning strategies. Your student can readily use them to practice and master new learning.

Learning Disabilities—What Are They? ~ Mona Pittman

Session 5 – Saturday, June 8 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
And how do we work with them effectively? In this workshop, Mona will discuss how to recognize the signs of possible learning disabilities in your children—whether they’re in preschool or high school—and the importance of early intervention. What effect will learning disabilities have on adult life? Can accommodations help? What about related disorders? Put your mind at ease and have your questions answered.

Pre-Registration Only Bullet Journaling Workshop ~ Kyndra Steinmann

Session 6 – Saturday, June 8 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Note: This is not specifically for parents who are teaching children with special needs–but this is a help for ANY parent.
Are you trying to keep track of lesson plans, activities, and your own thoughts and plans, but you keep running out of space or losing your notes? Do you need a place to write down a great quote for later use? Do you want to be creative but have limited time? Bullet journaling combines planning with journaling to provide mothers (and fathers) with one place to keep their thoughts, plans, and dreams in an individualized and organized fashion. This hands-on workshop will teach you some of the principles and practices of bullet journaling while explaining how and why this method is uniquely suited to homeschooling. * A nominal $5 extra charge pays for the notebook and supplies.