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.
Dyslexia Demystified—Definitions and Hope for Homeschoolers
In this workshop, Faith defines what dyslexia is (and what it is not), discusses the different types of dyslexia as well as levels of struggle (mild, moderate, severe), and then offers hope by sharing the types of necessary teaching methods, research-based interventions, and programs that you can implement in your homeschool. Faith offers hope and encouragement in addition to tricks and strategies to add to your teaching toolkit!
The Missing Ingredient in Reading Instruction
Do you have a child who just isn’t getting phonics—or is struggling with beginning reading instruction? Or perhaps you have a child who has sloppy speech or doesn’t seem to hear things correctly? Poor phonemic awareness could be partly to blame. This session provides parent-teachers with an understanding of phonemic awareness skills and how these skills (or lack thereof) impact a child’s ability to become a proficient reader. Participants receive a phonemic awareness assessment that they can use at home, take part in interactive activities in order to “play” with phonemic awareness, and receive a list of curriculum, materials, and games that address these important, foundational skills.
“HLEP!” My Kid Can’t Spell!
In this session, 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!”
Reading Difficulties: Remediation Strategies and Techniques*
*NOTE: This workshop can be broken into two sessions to allow for more in-depth coverage. Session 1 will address decoding and fluency problems. Session 2 will cover reading comprehension.
Laying a Foundation for Reading Comprehension in the Preschool Years
In this session, Faith discusses the ultimate goal of reading instruction: comprehension. She also 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, as well as good habits of mind in order to lay a solid foundation for comprehension with our wee ones (up to age 5).
You Can Homeschool Your Struggling 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.
Tackling Tricky High School Issues: Practical Help and Guidance for Homeschooling High School Students 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 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 coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, and post–high school options. She also offers tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests.
Teaching Struggling Learners At Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Faith explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction. She also shares ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges.
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 public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of 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 of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan.
What Every Homeschooling Parent Needs to Know About Accommodations For Students with Disabilities
- Can I give accommodations to my child on end-of-the-year standardized tests? What type of documentation is needed to do so?
- How do homeschoolers apply for special testing accommodations for college entrance exams? What documentation is required by the College Board and ACT in order for my high schooler to be considered for and granted special testing accommodations?
- Should high school students with disabilities discuss and disclose their diagnosis during the college application process?
- Can my college student receive accommodations? What accommodations are colleges required to provide to students with disabilities?