Peggy's Special Needs Home School Speaking Information

Special Needs Home School Speaking

An Introduction to Special Needs Homeschooling
Home schooling is the ultimate form of an individualized education and thus it’s not a wonder why so many parents of special needs children consider taking a look at this option for schooling their children.  In this talk, Peggy Ployhar, the Special Needs Consultant for the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) will go over the process involved to legally withdraw a child from public school, what options as a homeschool parent you still have to use public school special education services as a homeschooler, how Texas law defines your rights as a home school entity and educator, what advocacy, support, teacher training and curriculum resources are available within the homeschooling community for special needs families, and how families have seen this option open up new doors of learning for their special needs children. (Topic information can be changed for other states should you like me to give this presentation outside of Texas.)

Customizing Your Curriculum
As a Special Needs Consultant for the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC), and the former Special Needs Coordinator of MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators), Peggy Ployhar speaks to one of the most frequently asked questions she receives:   “What curriculum would be best to teach the unique needs of my child?”   Whether you have a child who has a specific diagnosis or one who just struggles in one area of school or another, Peggy addresses in this talk how to take the curriculum you already own, or plan to use, adjust it to meet the specific needs of your child, and consequently dissolve the struggles you are currently seeing in homeschooling your unique child.

How to Write and IEP and Then Use it Effectively in Your Home School
An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a tool public and private school special needs teachers use to set progress goals for their students.  Join Peggy Ployhar, the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) Special Needs Consultant, for a very "how-to" oriented introduction on the basics of writing and implementing an IEP, home school style.  This talk will take you through the entire process of the hows and whys of an IEP as well as many teaching strategies on how to reach those goals for specific diagnosis and learning struggles.

Home Schooling Special Needs High School
Home schooling high school with your special needs child does not have to seem like a daunting prospect. Peggy Ployhar, the Texas Home School Coalition Special Needs Lead, has graduated two sons with special needs.  In this talk, she has a lot of great ideas to share, from how to pick curriculum, write a transcript, prepare a transition plan based on the needs of your child, and records you must consider if your child will need accommodations and modifications in college or in testing for college entrance.

Gut Health And Learning Part I:  How the Gut Affects Learning
Hippocrates is quoted as having said "All disease begins in the gut",  and researchers are just beginning now to realize how true his statement really is.  Armed with the latest research and personal success stories, Peggy covers a wide range of information in this talk that will make you think twice about assumptions that the gut is disconnected from learning.  You will walk away from this talk not only knowing more about how your digestive system works, but also how it works in tandem with so many other factors you were probably never aware of. 

Gut Health & Learning Part II:  Stopping Learning Glitches Through Gut Healing
More and more research is now pointing to the fact that a large number of children who experience learning glitches also exhibit bowel issues.  Yet amazingly, medical professionals are still slow to acknowledge this research and talk about the growing number of people who have been able to restore their gut health through natural means.  After realizing that gut damage was the underlying cause not only to her children's learning issues, but also a lot of issues she herself was dealing with, Peggy Ployhar has a lot to share in this up-and-coming area of special needs intervention.  This talk is filled with practical advice and natural ways to reverse gut damage.

Gut Health & Learning Part III:  Re-Training the Brain After Gut Healing
As a child perceives the world around him, so does he construct his mental pathways to deal with these sensory inputs.  But, what happens when those inputs are not based on clear thinking, but instead skewed by a gut related sensory brain fog?  Unfortunately, once healing of the gut is established there are still mental pathways that need to be changed so complete healing can come about.  In this talk Peggy Ployhar, takes a spiritual, mental, and physical approach to healing gut related learning and behavioral issues.

Biblical Encouragement for the Special Needs Parent
While the world tells special needs parents, and their children, that disability/struggling areas should be used to excuse poor behavior, the bible holds Christians to a different standard - one of love, compassion, and continual biblical training.  Speaking towards the scripture, "Train up a child in the way he should go...", Peggy digs into the bible to show parents how to live up to this standard without losing their focus, or their minds.  From the experience of being a parent and a foster-parent of multiple special needs children, Peggy Ployhar has first-hand knowledge of the rigorous demands put on parents who are raising, training, and home schooling children with special needs.  Woven with personal stories, biblical truth, and lots of encouragement, this talk will truly speak to hearts of parents who want to raise their special needs children as God has called them to do.

Be Angry...And Train Your Kids
Parental anger and the character training process happen to be the two largest struggles of any parent, but rarely are the development of the two undertakings ever considered to be interrelated.  After many struggles with parenting anger, which stemmed from anger issues she carried with her from her upbringing, Peggy found herself seeking scriptural answers to her outbursts.  Peggy Ployhar, in this talked titled “Be Angry...And Train Your Kids”, shares what God has taught her about how the anger provoking instances that child training brings are tools meant to enrich the character training process. You will walk away from this talk comforted regarding any past struggles regarding parenting anger and equipped for the character training process that still lays ahead for you and your children.

Faith Sharing with Your Children
We all desire for our children to have vibrant faith lives.  Getting your child to a point where he or she develops a unique and special relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is not a science, but yet the bible does provide many instructions to parents on how to share their own faith life to make this process a natural transition.  In this talk, Peggy Ployhar dissects some of these scriptures and then shares real life experiences on how to put those concepts into practice.  And, as Peggy can attest, these truths provide an abundant harvest to any parent who cultivates and plants with care into the hearts of their children.

Shedding Light On Depression:
Current studies show almost 10 percent of the American population is affected by depression each year and depression among children is increasing at a rate of 23% per year.  Peggy Ployhar knows first-hand how dark and limiting depression can be.  As a biblical counselor, Peggy transformed her experiential insight into depression as God revealed the steps He used to pull her out of the pit of despair.  Peggy not only shares from the point of view of someone who has personally struggled with depression and a biblical counselor who has both studied and counseled others in this area, but also as a parent of two children who have overcome their struggles with depression.  The talk "Shedding Light on Depression" biblically dissects the clinical reasoning behind depression and the current methods of treatment while revealing how Jesus, the true Light, can dispel even the most cavernous darkness and bring the light of joy into the life of anyone willing to trust in His ability to transform their heart and mind.

For speaking fees please contact me via my email.  I do my best to work within your group's financial means and will consider each speaking request with diligent prayer.

Thank you for taking the time to see how I may speak God's light into your upcoming event!


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