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Teaching Reading to Kids with Dyslexia (2)

Marianne Sunderland Friday, 10:30 - 11:30 am Pistache
Homeschooling kids with dyslexia is not only possible but one of the best things you can do to help your struggling reader.  This session will cover research-based methods of teaching reading to kids with dyslexia or other reading difficulties.
  • Understand the research about dyslexia so you can evaluate the myriads of programs, supplements, and services that are offered to parents of dyslexics.
  • Understand the research-based methods of reading instruction that really work with the dyslexic learner.
  • Find a program, curriculum or other service to fit your family’s needs.
  • How much does dyslexia remediation cost?
  • How long does it take?
  • What about those ‘alternative’ treatments and therapies?  Do they work?  How can we know?

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Getting Started Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties (17)

Marianne Sunderland Friday, 2:30 - 3:30 pm Ballroom II
  • Making the decision to homeschool, including how to answer any critics that insist that the schools are the educational experts.
  • The truth about the state of special education in our public schools.
  • Common emotional issues for parents and kids and how to overcome them.
  • How to get started homeschooling; including legalities and finding local support.
  • Tips on finding and modifying homeschool curriculum for the dyslexic student.
  • Teaching methods, including how to balance accommodations and remediations.
  • When to get help in the form of diagnostic testing and educational therapy.
  • Strategies for getting it all done.

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Homeschooling Outside the Box (29)

Marianne Sunderland Friday, 6:00 - 7:00 pm Ballroom II
As the mother of teen sailors, Zac and Abby Sunderland, Marianne has a unique perspective on what real education is and how to nurture and encourage your child’s God-given strengths and talents.  God has a plan for all of us, including our children.  Marianne will show you simple, practical and often times, overlooked ways to help your child grow into his or her unique purpose.

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Help for the Hopelessly Unorganized Child: Homeschooling Kids with ADD or ADHD (35)

Marianne Sunderland Saturday, 9:30 - 10:30 am Ballroom II
Do you have a child who is hopelessly unorganized? Can never find their back packs, folders or soccer cleats? Oftentimes these kids are not just disorganized with their belongings but also with their thoughts. They have difficulty starting projects and once they’ve started them, they often lack what it takes to complete them. You may be interested to know that there is a name for this type of disorganization – executive function – or in this case a lack of executive function.  In this class, we’re going to look at what executive function is, how it affects organizational skills, and most importantly, how you can teach your SEEMINGLY hopelessly unorganized child to grow in this area.

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Teaching Strategies for the Struggling Speller (38)

Marianne Sunderland Saturday, 11:00 - 12:00 pm Pistache
Does your child struggle with spelling?  Do you feel like you’ve tried everything and nothing is working? This session will cover:
  • why some kids struggle with spelling despite average or above-average intelligence
  • the best methods for teaching spelling
  • the power of studying morphology and etymology with your dyslexic students
  • 3 simple ways to teach morphology to your students
  • the best accommodations for students with spelling difficulties
  • how to balance accommodations with remediation

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Teaching Writing to Kids with Dysgraphia (44)

Marianne Sunderland Saturday, 2:30 - 3:30 pm Pistache
Common signs of dysgraphia are:
  • tight, awkward pencil grip and body position
  • avoiding writing or drawing tasks
  • trouble forming letter shapes
  • inconsistent spacing between letters or words
  • uses a mixture of upper and lowercase letters
  • tires quickly while writing
  • illegible handwriting
  • omitting or not finishing words in sentences
  • trouble organizing thoughts on paper
  • difficulty with syntax structure and grammar
This session will teach:
  • what dysgraphia is
  • what causes dysgraphia
proven methods for teaching, and mastering handwriting

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