Why You Want Krisa for Your Event
- In her role at HSLDA, Krisa provides guidance and encouragement for parents homeschooling children with special needs.
- She has taught in both private and public schools and worked as a private tutor and early childhood intervention specialist.
- Krisa has worked with students with special needs such as attention deficit disorder, processing disorders, and autism.
- She has a bachelor’s degree in early education.
- Krisa and her husband homeschool their two children.
Little Rock, AR
Because Krisa’s workshops are offered as a free service to the homeschooling community, Krisa simply requests that all of her travel, hotel, and related expenses be covered.
You Can Homeschool Your Struggling Learner—and We Can Help!
In this workshop, Krisa discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them) as well as strategies for success with your children who learn differently. This workshop also provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members.
Secrets from a Preschool Teacher
This workshop provides practical tips for parents who want to provide a quality early intervention preschool program for their little ones at home.
Keeping Perspective on Progress
Do you ever wonder, “Are we really on the right track?” Most likely, the answer to that question is, “Yes!” It is very possible that progress is being made, but not in the way you are hoping or expecting. In this workshop, Krisa points out the sometimes-forgotten areas of progress. She also provides teaching strategies, assessment ideas, and other resources that will help you persevere when it seems your efforts are in vain.
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 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 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.
In this workshop, Krisa shares her personal testimony of God’s faithfulness in the midst of challenging circumstances. If you’ve ever experienced an answer to prayer but find yourself in need of God’s provision once more, this session will encourage and strengthen your faith.
Teaching Struggling Learners at Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success (Part 1)
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Krisa presents ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges.
Teaching Struggling Learners at Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success (Part 2)
In this second half of “Nuts and Bolts for Success,” Krisa addresses homeschooling and working, teaching multi-ages, scheduling the day, and practical teaching strategies you can use regardless of your curriculum program. Krisa explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, and modeled teaching.
Teaching Math to Struggling Learners
Does your student understand math concepts, but can’t master multiplication facts? Do you have a child with a math phobia or even a learning disability in math? This workshop includes a broad spectrum of teaching strategies and resources that will equip you to present math in ways that go beyond the suggestions found in traditional teacher manuals.
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?” Krisa discusses alternative coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, post–high school options. She also offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests.
Motivating the Reluctant Learner
Could you use some encouragement and strategies to help re-ignite your student’s love of learning? If so, this session is for you! There are many factors that impact a child’s motivation level—stress, executive function, nutritional needs, media usage, and more. With a little bit of theory and a whole lot of practical application, Krisa equips parents with the tools they need to tap into their child’s God-given gift of curiosity.
Calming Stormy Behavior
Emotions that go from 0 to 100 in no time at all, little problems that turn into full blown meltdowns, tantrums that leave their mark on the rest of the day—these behaviors and others are stressful to all involved and have derailed many a school day. In this session, discover practical ideas for teaching your child self-regulation, explore ways to prepare your homeschool environment for success, and consider strategies to head-off difficult behaviors. You’ll leave with the resources you need to come alongside and calm your student.