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SHBE Special Needs Convention 2018

What is "Special Needs" and is this "Special Needs Conference" for me?

Let's answer the second question first: "Yes, this conference is for you". You are not only welcome to attend, there will almost certainly be something that will be applicable to your home education journey.

Here is a list of high-incidence special needs that educators have compiled:

 - Speech and/or language delays.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- Cognitive delays.
- Social & emotional disorders.
- Learning differences/disabilities.


Special needs encompasses a wide range of behaviours and can mean different things to different parents. We recognize that all children are unique and have their very own mix of learning styles. However, sometimes there are physical, social, emotional or developmental differences that require parents to teach and advocate for their children in unique ways. If you have a child who has a physical need that can make it more difficult than usual learn, or requires methods and tools that are not widely needed by other children, you might consider that a special need. Your child may be somewhere on the autism spectrum. Your child may have "difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition or have poor spelling and decoding abilities" (characteristics of dyslexia).

Speaker - Peggy Ployhar

Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, is a frequent writer, speaker, and blogger on special education homeschooling issues.

Peggy is the former THSC (Texas Home School Coalition) Special Needs Team Lead, MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators) Special Needs Coordinator and MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Area Coordinator for MN, ND and SD. She is certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors and trained as a Precept Bible Study leader.

Peggy's home school journey started when her oldest child was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. Now with 14 years of homeschooling under her belt, she thanks God for all the experiences He has given her so she can use them to encourage other special needs homeschooling parents.

Peggy and her husband Doug live in Conroe, TX, where they still home school the youngest of their three children (20, 18, and 13).

Used Book Sale

SHBE is again providing its membership with the opportunity to buy and sell used educational resources at the upcoming convention. It is SHBE’s policy that you hold a valid membership in order to sell or purchase used curriculum at the convention.

Please bring only materials that will help others in their homeschool goals. All items should be in good sellable condition. Please DO NOT bring student books that have been written in. DO NOT bring any FREE items to give away, as there will not be a place to display them. Materials should be educational (textbooks, literature, computer programs, games, puzzles, music, crafts, DVD’s, CD’s, etc). SHBE reserves the right to refuse to display any material deemed inappropriate.

The Used Book area will be held in Meeting Room 2. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. Friday, resources may be dropped off and organized for the sale. The Used Book room will be closed at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, and unsold materials must be picked up between 5:00-5:30 p.m. Any materials left after this point will become the property of SHBE. While every effort will be made not to have losses, SHBE will not be responsible for any damage that may occur or items not found at the end of the convention.


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