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).