Faith Berens
Special Needs Consultant


Faith Berens lives in Stephens City, VA with her husband, Matthew, daughter, Hailey and son, Hayden. Faith joined the HSLDA team of Special Needs Consultants in 2008 and homeschools her children, as well as works as a private educational consultant and evaluator. Some of her passions include reading for pleasure, singing, traveling, nature/science, leading Bible studies, and teaching reading to struggling students. Faith holds a Master’s degree in reading from Shenandoah University. She has over 15 years of teaching experience that includes serving as a classroom teacher in public and private Christian schools, Reading Recovery® teacher, reading specialist, NILD educational therapist, home educator, and tutor. Her areas of expertise are early childhood literacy, reading assessment, and the identification and remediation of reading difficulties and disabilities.




Title:Developing and Drafting SEP’s (Student Education Plans)
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
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Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Does your child have a learning disability or perhaps severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants will learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP, student education plan, the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance in how to draft an SEP. Participants will look at sample student education plans, receive a template of a Student Education Plan, and a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan.

Title:Tackling Tricky High School Issues: Practical Help and Guidance for Homeschooling High School Students with Special Needs
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Teens, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with homeschooling struggling or atypical learners in the high school years. Do you have questions such as, “How do I award my child with special needs a diploma?” or “What do I do since my child with dyslexia can’t read typical high school level material?” Faith discusses alternative course work, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines/high school programs for special learners, post-high school options, as well as offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for the college boards.

Title:Teaching Struggling Learners At Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula in order to help equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your home school. Multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction are shared, as well as ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges.

Title:You Can Home School Your Struggling Learner and We Can Help!
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop will provide an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner/Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Faith will share diagnostic checklists for struggling learners, common roadblocks homeschooling parents face, and help you navigate around those, as well as share strategies for success with your children who learn differently.


If you would like to invite Faith Berens as a speaker for your upcoming event, please contact her at 540-338-5600.


Since Faith’s workshops are offered as a free service to the homeschooling community, Faith simply requests that all of her traveling, hotel, and related expenses be covered.


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