Why You Want Steve for Your Event

  • As the director of research for Home School Legal Defense Association, Steve conducts research and publishes articles about the instructional power of homeschool environments, homeschool students with special needs, and the expanding homeschool population.
  • Steve is a licensed/certified school psychologist. With experience as a school psychologist in the public schools (21 years) and as a professor and program director of university training programs for school psychologists (19 years), Steve brings a unique perspective to homeschooling children with special needs.
  • Steve has served homeschool families as an evaluator and educational advocate since the late 1980s and has worked with HSLDA as a consultant since 1993.

Travels From

Washington, D.C.


Steve requests that the host cover travel and lodging expenses, with a negotiable honorarium (there is an additional $10 per person fee for the reading workshop).


The Expansion of the Homeschool Population Since 2013

This presentation covers estimates of the number of US homeschool households, the increasing diversification of the homeschool population, parents’ reasons for homeschooling, and the implications that the expansion of the homeschool population may have on education in general.

The Power of Homeschool Instructional Environments

This presentation addresses how the academic power of homeschool learning environments can be measured and how the results compare with public school special education programs.

Can Homeschooling Effectively Meet the Academic Needs of a Child Who Has Dyslexia?

This presentation will address the tests and methods often used to identify dyslexia, the test score patterns that are expected when a child with dyslexia is involved, and whether it is possible for a non-certified homeschool parent to effectively teach a child who has dyslexia.

Reading Workshop—Improving Your Child's Reading Fluency

A hands-on session to show parents how to use a research-proven methods for increasing children’s reading fluency and comprehension. These techniques are effective with slow readers and children with learning disabilities and/or dyslexia. The workshop also includes instruction in how to select reading materials, measure progress, track reading gains over time in relation to other students the same age, and how to know whether tutoring is no longer necessary.

Workshop in Applied Behavior Analysis (Behavior Modification)

Instruction in the principles and techniques that are helpful for increasing appropriate behavior and decreasing inappropriate behavior in children with or without special needs. This presentation involves PowerPoints, case studies, and discussion.