Homeschooling Special Needs Conference

**Online and FREE**

Sponsored by Home Education Council of America

When it comes to homeschooling a child with special needs...

...superheroes think outside the box!!

Join us ONLINE - December 6-10, 2016

The only FREE and ONLINE conference in the world for homeschooling special needs!

Parents who are homeschooling children with special needs are super heroes.  They need to know more and do more than the average homeschool parent.  They need more patience, more diligence, and more determination, to empower their children every day to reach beyond their limitations, to feel confident and strong - like a super hero.  That's right - kids want to feel like a super hero!  This is why parents who are homeschooling children with special needs have a FREE and ONLINE conference just for them.  A super hero conference.

Completed Presentations:

Basic (free) members receive a 48-hour complimentary access to replays from this conference.  Plus (upgraded) members receive 24/7/365 replay access.

Dianne McLean

Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 9am Pacific

(10am Mountain, 11am Central, 12pm Eastern)

Keynote:  How to Beat the "Falling Behind" Cycle

What do you do when someone tells you that your special needs child is "behind"? We beat ourselves up every day trying to shake this, and constantly compare our child to others their age who have no diagnosis.   In this keynote, you will learn some little known techniques to ditch "catching up", and quickly organize your child's lessons and their day to help them gain confidence and excel far beyond their peers, without adding more work and without leaving out anything important.  Learn what to keep and what to skip, and how to leverage the creative ways you teach into the records you need to keep.  This method works for all children, no matter how many diagnoses your child has or what the diagnosis is.  

Carrie Andrews

Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 11am Pacific

(12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern)

High Functioning Autism: Transitioning From Homeschool to Independence

"In a 2008 study of 200 families with transition-age and adult children with an ASD, conducted by the University of Miami/Nova Southeastern University CARD, 74% of the respondents were unemployed and 74% of those employed worked less than 20 hours a week. Most studies indicate that 75-85% of adults with Asperger Syndrome do not hold a full time job." - Tackling the Unemployment Crisis for Adults with Asperger Syndrome, Marcia Scheiner

As scary as those statistics are, they don't include other diagnoses which are also considered high functioning autism. In this session, we will talk about concrete methods to better equip your kids for employment. Topics will include:

  • ​Building realistic timelines for independent living
  • Identifying assistance needed through adulthood
  • The little-known benefits of college or trade school
  • Supporting their journey to finding their niche
  • Redefining your relationship with your ASD young-adult
  • Should I help or should I let them stumble?

Jim Weiss

Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 1pm Pacific

(2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern)

Joyous Connections: A Master Storyteller’s Secrets for Reaching and Teaching Children with Disabilities and Special Needs

In this adult seminar, Jim demonstrates how stories and storytelling are a powerful source of life skills and academic content for children and adults with special needs and challenges. Students will learn how experiencing stories profoundly increases learning and retention and improves communication. Jim will also discuss the structure that nearly all stories share, and how to put information into story form.

Kathy Kuhl

Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 9am Pacific

(10am Mountain, 11am Central,12pm Eastern)

Planning Your Homeschooling Journey

Homeschooling an exceptional child is a journey. What do you need to know to get to your destination? Your child struggles with some part of learning, or perhaps has given up. How do you establish wise goals? How will you tell when you’ve reached them? Learn how to work around areas of weakness, strengthen them, and adapt curriculum. Get tips on how to help you and your child keep going. 

Lynne White

Thursday, Dec. 8, at 11am Pacific

(12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern)

Don't Flip Out - Flipboard!!

Come and learn a fantastic FREE tool for incorporating technology in a safe, creative environment.  

Flipboard is a major part of Lynne's homeschooling of her 17 year old high functioning autistic son. In this seminar Lynne will show how Flipboard can be used as a tool to help special needs kids learn. Flipboard not only can be used as a reader, but also allows you or your child to design their own magazines that are specific for your child's learning style, as well as their interests. It can also be used as a collaboration with other students and tracking the progress of your child in their schooling. We will explore these topics and more!

Donna Goff

Friday, Dec. 9, at 1pm Pacific

(2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern)

Journeying with Kids of Accelerated Learning Abilities aka KOALAs

Gifted children are not their IQ. They are more resilient than you think. Is your child precocious or a late bloomer? What are some of their challenges? What do they need? Develop their creativity. Develop the whole child.  Come learn great tips and techniques for teaching your gifted child.

JoQueta Handy

Saturday, December 10th at 11am Pacific

(12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern)

HOW TO TEACH THE NON-VERBAL CHILD:  If You Think Your Child Can't Read, Think Again!

One of the greatest accomplishments for a parent is to see their child reading, especially for the nonverbal child.  In this lecture, you will learn how Dr. Handy has helped nonverbal children flourish socially and academically, even when other techniques have failed.  This unique approach creates an environment for the child and parent-teacher so that consistent success is achieved in reading, math, and overall language skills.  You will develop the skills necessary to easily teach your child the academic fundamentals needed for their success.

Debi Tonks

Saturday, December 10th, at 1pm Pacific

(2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern)

Everyone CAN Help!

It seems everyone talks about teaching our children the value of work, but what does that look like when your child has special needs?  These kinds of skills can be challenging sometimes for homeschool parents.   Learn what you can do to get them helping around the house - based on your child's individual abilities and interests. More importantly,  how to make it fun while learning a sense of independence!

The only annual ONLINE and FREE conference for homeschooling special needs children in the world! 


  • Entirely online
  • All live sessions FREE
  • Popular speakers
  • Ask questions LIVE
  • No sitters/no travel
  • 48-hour complimentary replays
  • Upgrade for 24/7/365 access

Your hosts for the 2016 Homeschooling Special Needs Conference:

This event is sponsored by Home Education Council of America.  Rachel Keppner and Dianne McLean are co-hosting and will be taking turns introducing our speakers, moderating the Q&A, and assisting you throughout the conference to ensure that you get the help you need.  To learn more about our hosts, click on their photo below!

Rachel Keppner

Dianne McLean

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