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2017 SHBE Special Needs Mini-Conference

Workshops for families, parents, caregivers, teachers and all those who love a child who needs your special attention and advocacy to learn and thrive.





Workshops for families, parents, caregivers, teachers and all those who love a child who needs your special attention and advocacy to learn and thrive.

Friday October 20 (6-9 pm) to Saturday October 21 (8:30 am - 4 pm)

McLure United Church
(4025 Taylor St. E, Saskatoon, SK)

Cost: $125
(SHBE Member discount $45)

Registration Deadline: October 17, 2017

Breakfast, Lunch and Coffee provided.


Register to attend the 2017 SHBE Special-Needs Mini-Convention.

Faith Berens
Faith Berens

Faith Berens

Special Needs Consultant

Faith Berens lives in Stephens City, VA with her husband, Matthew, daughter, Hailey and son, Hayden. Faith joined the HSLDA team of Special Needs Consultants in 2008 and homeschools her children, as well as works as a private educational consultant and evaluator. Some of her passions include reading for pleasure, singing, traveling, nature/science, leading Bible studies, and teaching reading to struggling students. Faith holds a Master’s degree in reading from Shenandoah University. She has over 15 years of teaching experience that includes serving as a classroom teacher in public and private Christian schools, Reading Recovery® teacher, reading specialist, NILD educational therapist, home educator, and tutor. Her areas of expertise are early childhood literacy, reading assessment, and the identification and remediation of reading difficulties and disabilities.

You Can Homeschool Your Struggling Learner

This workshop will provide an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner/Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Faith will share diagnostic checklists for struggling learners, common roadblocks homeschooling parents face, and help you navigate around those, as well as share strategies for success with your children who learn differently.


Dyslexia Demystified - Definitions and Hope for Homeschoolers

This workshop will define what dyslexia is (and what it is not), discuss the different types of dyslexia, as well as levels of struggle (mild, moderate, severe), and then offer hope by sharing the types of necessary teaching methods, specific, research based interventions and programs that can be implemented in the homeschool setting. Hope and encouragement are offered, in addition to right brain “tricks,” and strategies for success to add to your teaching toolkit!


Teaching Math to Struggling Learners

This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula in order to help equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your home school. Multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction are shared, as well as ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges.

Tackling Tricky High School Issues

This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with homeschooling struggling or atypical learners 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 course work, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines/high school programs for special learners, post-high school options, as well as offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for the college boards.


SHBE Convention 2018


February 22 - 23, 2018

Queensbury Convention Center, Regina

Hold On For The Ride!

Our theme exemplifies the family-centered-ness, the excitement of learning, and real down-to-earth twists and turns of life lived together. Our goal for this convention is to equip and build up families within the home education community, so they can thrive and be a blessing to their communities and to our society.

Tamara Strijack

Tamara Strijack

Tamara Strijack is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who lives and works on Vancouver Island. She works primarily with children, adolescents, parents, and women. Tamara's areas of specialty include adolescence, parenting, anxiety, personal growth, and children of divorce. Tamara has worked with children and adolescents in various roles over the last twenty years, as mentor, counsellor, youth leader, program director and group facilitator. Connection, relationship and attachment continue to be central themes in all her roles, both personally and professionally; she is the mother of two adolescent girls. As Dr. Gordon Neufeld's daughter, Tamara offers a unique inside view, bringing together her own experience and insight with her father's theoretical material.

Tamara offers all of Dr. Neufeld's courses as both presentations and facilitated video-courses. She is the Course Coordinator for the Level One Intensive; Power to Parent II: Helping Children Grow Up; Making Sense of Adolescence; Making Sense of Anxiety; and Alpha Children. Tamara also works as a parent and teacher consultant, helping adults make sense of the children in their care (but is not currently able to take on new clients).

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig is the founder of LifeLaunch, and is passionate about home education, discipleship and worldview! As a first generation homeschool graduate, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Music and has pursued Seminary Studies in Philosophy and Apologetics. With this background, Daniel has a great burden for furthering the home education and discipleship vision in the next generation.

In his capacity with LifeLaunch, a growing ministry with the mission of launching the next generation through powerful mentoring relationships and real-life integration, Daniel interacts closely with homeschool families and students nationwide. He understands the challenges they must overcome to fully realize their God-given potential as Kingdom-minded servants of Christ.

Daniel shares his expertise and first-hand experiences with parents and students at conventions and seminars across the country. These sessions are known for being both inspiring and insightful. Daniel is also an accomplished tenor and has blessed audiences around the country with majestic and powerful songs of worship to God. He currently resides in Colorado with his beautiful wife, Megan.