4th Annual Special Needs Homeschool Conference
December 4 thru December 8, 2017


As 2018 approaches, we are all faced with making decisions.  Parents who homeschool with special needs, may take this opportunity to recharge and to empower themselves to take on another year.  This challenge is often underestimated and overlooked.  We acknowledge your incredible efforts!  There is no greater expression of love than to press forward through trials for the good of your family.  We at HECOA, invite you to attend this inspiring conference that will prepare you for a rewarding year of homeschooling, and will allow you to take a step back and find a more meaningful perspective on the impact of special needs.

  • Entirely online, entirely FREE
  • Accessible from any computer or mobile device
  • LIVE video streaming, interaction, and discussion

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Anne Fister
Monday, Dec 4 at 930am Pacific
(1030am Mountain, 1130am Central, 1230pm Eastern)

Visual Strategies that Support Independence and Success for School Days, Social Skills, and Learning

Did you realize that you often utilize visual strategies?  You probably have important numbers stored in your phone.  You may use a calendar or a To Do list or maybe sticky notes with reminders.  Our kids are able to be more at ease, exhibit less behavior issues, and are often more productive throughout their days if they have the support of visual strategies.  These may include visual schedules, social communication cues, school work reminders, graphic organizers, or lists.  Come learn a variety of ways to support your child toward more compliance, independence, and success in accomplishing daily tasks.

Anne Fister
Monday, Dec 4 at 1130am Pacific
(1230pm Mountain, 130pm Central, 230pm Eastern)

Social Communication… Not Socialization

Do you have a child or young adult who struggles interacting with others or just isn’t quite sure what to do in unstructured settings with peers?  He really wants to make friends but has a hard time knowing how?  Social communication skills cover a broad range such as using eye contact, understanding emotions, turn taking, body language, knowing how to change conversational topics, and more.  There is a great deal to know and understand.  Sometimes kids & teens need a little bit of assistance.  You are already teaching all kinds of skills in your homeschool; yes, you can teach this too.

Steve Demme
Monday, Dec 4 at 130pm Pacific
(230pm Mountain, 330pm Central, 430pm Eastern)

Thinking Outside the Traditional Math Box

When our children are unable to learn math in the “normal” manner, we need to develop strategies to help our struggling learner memorize math facts and other math concepts. When traditional methods are not working, we need to turn to “Plan B”. Join Steve in brainstorming and thinking outside the box.


Jenny McKinney
Tuesday, Dec 5 at 930am Pacific
(1030am Mountain, 1130am Central, 1230pm Eastern)

Super YOU!

In this world of bullying and unkindness, we need more people to step up and take a stand. "Super YOU" teaches how to do just that. Focusing on using individual strengths and gifts, "Super YOU" covers how to be a leader, stand up to bullies, and how to find the beauty and
commonalities in people who might be different than you. This presentation covers the topics of: bullying, kindness, special needs, individual gifts, superheroes.

Kathleen Cotter Lawler
Tuesday, Dec 5 at 1130am Pacific
(1230pm Mountain, 130pm Central, 230pm Eastern)

How to Teach Math to Children with Learning Difficulties

Children with learning challenges must truly understand in order to remember. Their brains tend to store information in pictures, not words. The traditional approach of teaching mathematics using heavy doses of counting, flash cards, and rote memorizing does not work for them. Learn ways to minimize counting and concentrate on place value,
strategies to teach the facts with visual pictures, and techniques for mastering the four operations.


Dr. Carol Brown
Wednesday, Dec 6 at 1130am Pacific
(1230pm Mountain, 130pm Central, 230pm Eastern)

Understanding, Identifying, Assessing, and Strengthening Cognitive Abilities for
All Ages and Abilities through a Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Learn how to access your learner’s strengths and challenges. Understand how and when to integrate exercise, nutrition, vision therapy, sound therapy, neurodevelopmental/movement therapy, vestibular therapy, and cognitive therapy. You will learn different exercises to use in each area to improve learning. A holistic approach is the most effective method to strength and create neuropathways in the brain. The visual, auditory, and vestibular systems must be receiving and processing the information quickly and accurately. The information then goes to the brain where working memory is needed to think about the information, use it, and send to long-term memory. It is also crucial to
visualize letters, numbers, and objects for reading/spelling, math, and comprehension. Critical thinking, visual-spatial and perceptual reasoning needs to be strong as well.

Dr. Carol Brown
Wednesday, Dec 6 at 130pm Pacific
(230pm Mountain, 330pm Central, 430pm Eastern)

Equipping Minds Through Games

The brain can change, as the latest research on neuroplasticity has proven. Cognitive and educational gains have been proven with this evidence-based curriculum, which everyone can replicate and use. Participants can put this research into practice by learning specific
brain-training exercises that have been proven to increase working memory, processing, comprehension, reasoning, attention, and long-term memory retrieval. Dr. Brown has developed a curriculum that uses games to make learning possible for children and adults of all ages and abilities.


Steve Demme
Thursday, Dec 7 at 1130am Pacific
(1230pm Mountain, 130pm Central, 230pm Eastern)

Having Fun, Being Flexible, and Adapting to your Child

Living in our world of the “New Normal” there are often times of sadness, but there are also periods of joy that we would never have experienced with a typical child. Join us as we explore the very special and the very lovely aspects of living in Holland, instead of Italy.

Donna Goff
Thursday, Dec 7 at 130pm Pacific
(230pm Mountain, 330pm Central, 430pm Eastern)

My Preschooler is Really Smart, Like Gifted. Now what do I do?

What do gifted children need? Especially in the early years.  Giftedness and Executive Function.  Hypersensitivities are part of the package. How to cope.


JoQueta Handy
Friday, Dec 8 at 930am Pacific
(1030am Mountain, 1130am Central, 1230pm Eastern)

Brilliant Learning Tips for Students Who Learn Differently

Children who are labeled with learning challenges simply learn differently. Learn specific tips and strategies that will open the window of opportunity for teaching your child, making learning fun and increasing accuracy. Learn how to determine your child's learning
strength and how to implement these strengths into every area of curriculum.