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Unlocking Potential: Non-Traditional Teaching Methods for Students with Severe Learning Challenges

June 18, 2024
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In today's episode, "Unlocking Potential: Non-Traditional Teaching Methods for Students with Severe Learning Challenges," we delve into the world of homeschooling children with intellectual disabilities who are often relegated to a perpetual elementary school experience. From addressing specific struggles in teaching a child with intellectual disabilities and adapting curriculum to understanding learning behaviors and incorporating life skills, this conversation will provide practical insights and tips for unlocking your child's full potential. Stay tuned as our guest and Empowering Homeschool Conversations co-host, Stephanie Buckwalter, uncovers ways to navigate the complexities of homeschooling children with severe learning challenges and to empower them to thrive beyond traditional expectations.

Stephanie Buckwalter is a curriculum developer and the creator of the ELARP™ Method of homeschooling for students who are two or more years behind grade level in several core subjects, or simply stuck in perpetual kindergarten. She believes that the first step to homeschooling a special needs child is to assume intelligence. Once you realize there is more going on intellectually than your child can express, it opens up a whole new world of learning. Her family of five children has done homeschool, private school and public school (including the IEP process). In addition to homeschooling for over 18 years, Stephanie has taught classes locally and online, and helped start a robotics club, a classical education co-op and a special needs homeschool co-op. Her heart is to use her unique experience to help others experience success teaching their unique learners.

Use this link that Stephanie created for parenting homeschooling students with Intellectual Disabilities: https://www.spedhomeschool.com/groups/students-with-severe-learning-challenges

Connect with Stephanie and the resources she mentioned in this broadcast:

ELARP Learning: https://elarplearning.com/

Art of Special Needs Parenting: https://artofspecialneedsparenting.com/

3 Circles of Purpose printable (link: https://artofspecialneedsparenting.com/3-circles-of-purpose/)

Teaching a Special Needs Child at Home and at School - Judith Munday

Family Math - Stenmark, Thompson and Cossey

Skills Evaluation for the Homeschool - Rebecca Avery, The Weaver Curriculum

What Your Child Needs to Know When, An Evaluation Checklist for Grades K-8 - Rogin Scarlata

Home Learning Year by Year - Rebecca Rupp

Special Needs Expo, Shelby, NC, June 28-29 https://iajministries.ticketleap.com/t/SPEDHOMESCHOOL/

To find out more about SPED Homeschool, visit our website at https://spedhomeschool.com/ 

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Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, is a physicist turned home educator who left a lucrative career in the medical device industry to teach the struggling learners in her own home.

Peggy founded SPED Homeschool in 2017 after working in the special education homeschooling industry for over a decade and now she and her team empower families across the globe to homeschool students with diverse learning needs.

She is certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors and trained as a Precept Bible Study leader. Peggy is also a professional aerial silks performer and instructor. In her free time, Peggy enjoys vegan/gluten-free cooking, paddle boarding, hiking and reading. She and her husband Doug live in League City, TX, and after 19 years of homeschooling have now graduated all three of their children from their home school.

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