Brain Based Learning Summit

Sessions Schedule!


Day 1

February 26th


Strengthen the Brain

Learn how to improve cognitive skills like working memory, visual and auditory processing, visualization, and more through games and exercises. You’ll gain understanding and tools for improving these skills and guiding your student to academic success. Geared toward ages 5-18, parents will leave with practical and actionable steps to strengthening the brain while still having fun!

Let's Start at the Very Beginning: Reflex Integration
Have you heard of primitive reflexes? In this session we'll discuss 3 reflexes, what they are, and how they can impact learning. Then, we'll learn HOW to integrate these reflexes and find academic and behavioral success.


MultiSensory Therapy: How MulitSensory Therapy Can Change The Brain

This session is intended as an introduction to multisensory therapy for homeschool educators who are interested in helping those with special needs accelerate their learning. Multisensory therapy (training) is increasingly recognized as a viable alternative to medication. It is used to address a host of learning difficulties and sensory processing challenges - including autism, and is easily adapted for implementation in home and school environments.  

Gretchen Roe @ Demme Learning

The Secret to Why Your Student Struggles in Math

Math struggles can be so emotional – for students AND parents alike. A confidence destroyer for any age! How do you solve a student’s math anxiety, and help them succeed? Learn some practical solutions to restore mathematical confidence and reach grade-level proficiency quickly. This workshop is of benefit to any age learner, but particularly to parents of teenagers who are struggling with middle and high school level math.

Dr. Kayla Steltenkamp @ Mind Over Matter Kids

Dyslexia 101

This session will describe the characteristics of a reading disability that impacts up to 20% of our population. You will learn some common signs, who can diagnose, learning strategies, and resources available to help.


Preparing Your Special Needs Child for College

In this session, Carter, a college admissions specialist will guide homeschool parents in the process of college admission and special needs accommodations for testing, including the SAT and ACT. Carter will also discuss doing a homeschool college prep transcript for a special needs student who may be struggling with learning differences.


Fun Activities that Help Build Language Skills

There are many systems, such as Orton Gillingham, that do excellent jobs of teaching reading and spelling to struggling students. However, there are many fun, non-academic activities that help in building language skills. These include physical activity such as swimming, and fun distractions like games and hands on crafts.

Ashley Nance @ Change Your Music

Conquering Challenging Behaviors by Making Your Child the Hero. 

Whether your child runs away, bites, hits, fights with siblings, or submits to bullies, writing their struggle into a "social story" can help them conquer challenging behaviors like a superhero. This research-backed method is one special educators and psychologists learn about in school, and now you can learn it and implement it in your own home!


Day 2

February 27

Laurie Geary @ Yellow Wood Success Academy

Show Your Smarts: How to Strengthen Working Memory

Learn what working memory is, what happens when it’s weak, and HOW to strengthen this skill! Working memory is a vital cognitive skill for academics and is a great starting point for improving skills. Did you know that working memory may actually be a better indicator of intelligence than IQ? Check out the session to learn all about it!

Tara Hunkin @ My Child Will Thrive

Nutrient Deficiencies Commonly Found in ADHD

In her session, Tara,  will share nutrient deficiencies that are commonly found in neurodevelopmental disorders. She will identify key nutrients that are needed for optimal brain health and required to maximize the benefits of all of supportive therapies you are doing with your child.  Learn simple steps you can take now to correct nutrient deficiencies and improve your child's symptoms today.

Kim Kautzer @ WriteShop

Teaching Writing to Your Twice Exceptional Child

Twice-exceptional kids are curious and insightful, with passionate interests and a remarkable memory for the craziest things. They often have an unusual imagination, a quirky sense of humor, and a head filled with mature opinions. At the same time, there may be a huge gap between their verbal skills and their ability to put thoughts on paper. Kim will share ways you can tailor your teaching to meet the needs of 2e elementary and tween writers. When frustration, disinterest, and disorganization rear their ugly heads, you’ll be able to inspire these special children with fresh writing ideas and tools.

Antoinette LaGrossa @ Shiller Math

Six Magic Phrases That Will Transform Your Homeschool

Did you know that the way you phrase things can change your child's whole outlook on the day? Use Montessori’s powerful techniques to make the most of both verbal and nonverbal communication with your child. Set the stage for your child to become a principled, self-directed learner who takes ownership of their actions and decisions, making the homeschool environment more enjoyable for the whole family.


ADHD from an ADHD'ers Perspective

During this session, Tyler will put you in the shoes of a person with ADHD and take you for a ride. She will discuss the struggles people with ADHD face and the journey to overcoming those struggles. You will leave this session with a better understanding of your ADHD child, student, spouse or self!


New To Homeschooling a Child With Special Needs?

Homeschooling is a wonderful option for children with special needs. It offers the freedom to meet your child's needs, whatever they may be, without having to fight through bureaucratic red tape. It can also feel incredibly intimidating. Learn why you should consider homeschooling your child with special needs, how to find what curriculum works best for your family, and how to incorporate therapy exercises into your homeschool day.

Dr. Kayla Steltenkamp @ Mind Over Matter Kids

Dyslexia Screening vs. Evaluation

Dyslexia screening vs. evaluation: Do you think your child might have dyslexia? This session will go over a few characteristics then describe the difference between a screening and an evaluation and provide an opportunity to ask questions about what might be the best route to take for your child.

Cheryl Carter @ Write For College

Coaching Your Child in Self Regulation

In this session, Carter, a former special needs teacher, will guide parents in some simple ways to deal with meltdowns. In this practical session, Carter, will share research-based ways to help teach your child learn self-control Self-regulation) skills.


Day 3

February 28th

Laurie Geary @ Yellow Wood Success Academy

Help! My Child can't Remember Anything!: Memory and Visualization Skills

Putting it All Together: Brain Based Homeschool Day

Tyler Dorsey @ Focus Forward Lex

Motivation & ADHD: Why it is such a struggle

Description: During this session, Tyler will describe the struggle behind motivation and what is really going on in an ADHDer’s brain. The goal is to help provide parents with their child’s prospective and to help parents gain a better understanding of ADHD & motivation. Tyler will use her story to exemplify this and will leave parents with a few tips and tricks to try at home.

Margie Abbitt @ Home Life Academy

Working With the Wiggle: How To Incorporate Unit Studies with Your Unique Learner

Many struggle with the child that won’t sit still. Come learn more about Unit Study and a Hands on Learning approach that will work with that wiggling child!

Cheryl Carter @ Write For College

Coaching Your Child in Self Regulation

In this session, Carter, a former special needs teacher, will guide parents in some simple ways to deal with meltdowns. In this practical session, Carter, will share research-based ways to help teach your child learn self-control Self-regulation) skills.

Tal Hoover @ Blessed Grove

Homeschooling More Than One Special Needs Child with a One Room Schoolhouse Approach

In this session, Tal will share with you how to incorporate a one room schoolhouse approach when you have more than one unique learner. Her experience homeschooling two autistic children has given her valuable insight that will make your homeschooling journey easier.

Ashley Nance @ Change Your Music

Dancing to the Music of Silence: Communicating with Your Nonverbal Child.

In this session we go back to the foundations of heart-to-heart communication, originating with research-backed methods used to assess children with deaf-blindness. When we understand the meaning of stares, screams, and challenging behaviors, our efforts to connect are much more meaningful - and rewarding. Bonus, you already know how to do it!


Using Narration to Overcome Auditory Processing Difficulties

Auditory Processing Disorders can be frustrating. Instead of just accommodating the difficulty, use narration and other traditional education techniques to improve processing and make learning easier.