Special Needs Solutions for Homeschool Families

Special Needs-FB Event

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Many people think of “special needs” as the same as learning disabilities, and many of these learning differences require special teaching methods. But “special needs” encompasses much more than learning difficulties. It is a broad range of needs, and a parent’s calling is to help children learn and fulfill their God-given mission.

Hundreds of families are successfully teaching their own children who have special needs. These special challenges are better handled in the loving environment of home.

Join us for this one-day mini-conference that will offer solutions for homeschooling families who teach students across a spectrum of special needs.


The Main Track workshops are free to all, with registration. The Members Only Track will offer additional live workshops and recordings exclusively as a benefit to those who are CHEA Members (you can become a member during event registration). While free, registration is required to access both the Main Track and Members Only Track.


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Main Track Workshops (Free to All)

The Essentials of Special Education Homeschool (Peggy Ployhar)
Geared toward new homeschoolers, learn how to get started on the right track and avoid common pitfalls of homeschooling a child with special needs. The basics of homeschooling high school will also be covered.

Foundation of Learning Styles (More than Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic) (Dr. Jan Bedell)
A child’s learning abilities increase when their brain is properly stimulated. Dr. Jan shares how to optimize the brain for better performance in academics and in life. Discover the most efficient way to teach math operations, math facts, reading, spelling, and penmanship. Learn practical techniques ensuring higher performance whether gifted, typical, or challenged.

SUCCESSFULLY Homeschooling Your Child with Learning Differences (Jill Stowell)

Members Only Track Workshops (Available to CHEA Members)

Auditory, What? (Dr. Jan Bedell)
Have you ever talked to your child and he looks right at you but goes off and does something totally different? You might ask yourself: Is this a discipline issue? Do I need to get his hearing checked? What has happened to his character? In this workshop, discover reasons why this is happening and what can be done to remedy the situation.

The Benefits of Writing An IEP for Your Child (Dawn Spence)
Setting goals that can provide a roadmap to your child’s education

Breaking the Myths and Walking in the Shoes of Students with Dyslexia, Learning, and Attention Challenges (Jill Stowell)
During this simulation workshop, experience for yourself what it might feel like to have an attention deficit, live in a world of language when you have an auditory processing disorder, or decipher a page of text through the eyes of a student with dyslexia. These experiences can be eye opening and transformational for parents of children who struggle with these and other learning challenges.

Customizing Your Curriculum (Peggy Ployhar)
With a focus on individualizing education, parents will receive practical tips for how to do that for unique children based on their strengths while still remediating areas of learning difficulties.

Cheap Online Resources for Special Education Homeschooling (Peggy Ployhar)
With over 100 links to share, families who are looking for resources on a budget will find practical information and resources for teaching a variety of students.

Learning Difficulties, Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD — There is Hope for Change (Dr. Jan Bedell)
Do you suspect Dyslexia/ADD/ADHD or other learning labels? Labels typically come from a list of symptoms, not a “disease” or “brain abnormality.” Dr. Jan will guide you through the root causes of symptomatic labels and give practical skills for training your child’s brain to eliminate the symptoms. Open a brilliant future for your child through understanding how the brain works…or why it doesn’t currently seem to be working so well. The goal of this workshop is to help you unlock your child’s full potential.

What Can I Do To Help My Child Be Successful At Co-op? (Dawn Spence)
Practical strategies to help your child to have a positive co-op experience

Meet the Speakers

Jan Bedell, Ph.D. M ND
0_39_328_328_Jans-convention-picIn 1992, a journey started that transitioned Jan from desperate homeschool mom of a struggling learner into a master neurodevelopmentalist. With her new knowledge of brain optimization, coupled with experience as a public, private and home school teacher, she developed curriculum and training programs for parent and professionals. The NeuroDevelopmental Approach gave her hope for her daughter and now Dr. Jan aka Brain Coach™ dedicates her time to helping children, teens and adults reach their fullest God-given potential whether they are gifted, typical, or challenged.

Peggy Ployhar 
8215_Ployhar2nd-101Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, is a leader in the special education homeschooling community and a frequent writer and speaker on special education homeschooling issues. This physicist turned home educator left a lucrative career in the medical device industry to teach the struggling learners in her own home which eventually turned into a lifetime calling. Peggy founded SPED Homeschool in 2017 and now leads an organization that helps thousands of families across the globe to confidently teach special education in their own homes. Peggy is also the host of the very popular live broadcast and podcast, SPED Homeschool Conversations, a weekly talk show where her guests address relevant issues related to special education homeschooling.

Dawn Spence
unnamedDawn Spence, SPED Homeschool Teaching manager, is an Early Elementary coordinator at her local co-op, providing support to families with special needs children. She also writes how-to articles to support parents who are homeschooling special needs children with her experience of being a special education teacher and having children with special needs.


Jill Stowell
StowellJillJill graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Masters degree in learning handicaps. After several years as a public school special education teacher, she opened Stowell Learning Center because she knew there was more that could be done for smart but struggling students than the schools were providing. Over the last 35 years she and her staff have helped thousands of children and adults solve their learning and attention challenges.