Why You Want Krisa for Your Event
- In her role at HSLDA, Krisa provides guidance and encouragement for parents homeschooling children with special needs.
- Krisa is an educational consultant, teacher, and learning expert who has been helping children overcome learning struggles for over 20 years.
- She has taught in both private and public schools, and worked as a academic language therapist-in-training 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 Elementary and Early Childhood Education.
- Krisa is a veteran homeschooling mom.
Little Rock, AR
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.
You Can Homeschool Your Neurodivergent Learner—and We Can Help!
Unpack the frequently asked questions of how to homeschool struggling learners and those who learn differently. Be encouraged and equipped as Krisa shares diagnostic checklists for struggling learners, discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them), and gives strategies for achieving success with your children who learn differently.
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—just not in the way you’re expecting. In this workshop, Krisa points out the sometimes-forgotten sources 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.
Understanding the Twice Exceptional Learner—Boundless Gifts
This session offers a discussion of learners who experience some form of disability or learning challenge alongside an exceptional gift. You’ll come away equipped with a broader understanding of how different exceptionalities can manifest themselves within learning styles, and we will preview resources that match your child’s unique learning profile. Ultimately, this workshop will enable you to spend less time searching for resources and more time nurturing your child’s gifts.
Developing and Drafting an SEP (Student Education Plan)
Have you pulled your child out of public school where he or she used to have an IEP (Individual Education Plan)? In this workshop, you’ll learn the purposes and benefits of an SEP, the homeschool version of an IEP. You’ll receive guidance on drafting your own SEP, explore sample plans, obtain your own template, and leave with a resource list of books to set you and your student up for success.
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 homeschool a struggling learner. 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 multiple ages, scheduling the day, and practical teaching strategies you can use regardless of your curriculum program. Krisa also explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, and modeled teaching.
Teaching Struggling Learners at Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success (Condensed Version)
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula ideas to equip you as you homeschool a struggling learner. Krisa presents ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. She also addresses homeschooling while working, teaching multiple ages, scheduling the day, and practical teaching strategies you can use regardless of your curriculum program. Finally, Krisa explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, and modeled teaching.
Teaching Math to Struggling Learners
Does your student understand math concepts but find it challenging to master multiplication facts? Do you have a child with a fear of math or a learning disability that affects their study of math? This workshop includes a broad range of teaching strategies—beyond the suggestions found in traditional teacher manuals—that will equip you to present math in ways that actually help your student.
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?” Krisa 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 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 reignite 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 redirect difficult behaviors. You’ll leave with the resources you need to come alongside and calm your student.
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, Krisa 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.