Why You Want Faith for Your Event
- As a special needs consultant for HSLDA, Faith helps member families find educational solutions for their children’s learning challenges and disabilities.
- Faith has worked as a classroom teacher (in both public and private schools), a Reading Recovery® teacher, an NILD educational therapist, and a private tutor.
- She specializes in child literacy and has a master’s degree in reading from Shenandoah University.
- Faith draws on her extensive experience with learning difficulties—including her own struggle with dysgraphia—to help homeschool students facing learning challenges.
HSLDA consultants are happy to offer their speaking services and expertise in support of the homeschooling community. In return for speaking at your event, we request that hosts cover all travel and related expenses and, if applicable, provide a complimentary exhibit booth/table for HSLDA. Honorariums are greatly appreciated but not required.
Hope and Help for Homeschooling Students with Dyslexia
In this workshop, Faith defines what dyslexia is (and what it is not) while discussing the differences between mild, moderate, and severe levels of dyslexia. She then offers hope by sharing the necessary teaching methods, programs, and research-based interventions that can aid your homeschool. Multi-sensory, structured literacy approaches are recommended. Faith offers confidence and encouragement in addition to tricks, strategies, and resources to add to your teaching toolkit!
Reading Difficulties: Remediation Strategies and Techniques
Do you have a student who is experiencing reading difficulties? In this session, Faith introduces the 5 Pillars of Reading Instruction, with guidance for identifying the area and the level of your child’s reading difficulty. Additionally, Faith shares practical teaching tools, strategies, and techniques for supporting your child and remediating reading struggles within the homeschool teaching environment.
Spelling Difficulties: Strategies and Help for Homeschoolers
In this workshop, Faith addresses the importance of spelling and presents the developmental stages of spelling. She also shares various strategies, techniques, and fun, hands-on, multi-sensory methods for spelling practice, as well as specialized spelling programs and strategies to help you transform “I am a terrible speller” into “I am a good speller!”
You Can Homeschool Your Neurodivergent Learner—and We Can Help!
This workshop provides an overview of HSLDA’s Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Faith shares diagnostic checklists for struggling learners, discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them), and shares strategies for achieving success with your children who learn differently.
Building Blocks for Reading Comprehension in the Pre-K to Early Elementary Years
There are many fun and creative ways that parents and their young ones are able to put the building blocks of reading into place. In this session, Faith explores various types of thinking and processing skills required for proficient comprehension. Faith shares tips, techniques, and strategies for developing the vocabulary of very young children, as well as habits of mind that lay a solid foundation for comprehension with our wee ones (up to age 5).
Tackling Tricky High School Issues: Homeschooling Teens with Special Needs
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home in the high school years. Do you have questions such as “How do I award my teen with special needs a diploma?” or “What do I do when my teen with dyslexia can’t read high school level material?” Faith discusses alternative coursework, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, and post–high school options. She also offers tips for applying for College Board testing accommodations.
Teaching Struggling Learners At Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success (Condensed Version)
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curriculum ideas to equip you as you homeschool a struggling learner. Faith presents ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. Faith also addresses homeschooling while working, teaching multiple ages, scheduling the day, and practical teaching strategies you can use regardless of your curriculum program. Finally, Faith explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, and modeled teaching. (Note: This is a condensed version of two longer, related workshops.)
Developing and Drafting SEPs (Student Education Plans)
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of a public school where he used to have an IEP (Individual Education Plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP (Student Education Plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template as well as a list of resources that can assist them in drafting their own SEP.
Accommodations: What Every Homeschooling Parent Needs to Know
This workshop addresses a crucial but frequently misunderstood topic related to special needs homeschooling. In this content-rich workshop, Faith explains the difference between accommodations and modifications, describes 504 Plans, and answers homeschooling parents’ most frequently asked questions regarding the best ways to support learners who benefit from accommodations.