When I was in first grade, my teacher called me “chatty fox”.
She wasn’t wrong. I am a chatty fox. In fact, I write mostly because at heart, I am a speaker.
Over the course of these past few years, I have been honored to connect in person with other moms, homeschoolers and church communities. It is a privilege to share all that I am learning, and continue to learn, as I mother my boys in the very best way I know how.
Shawna Wingert is a special education teacher turned writer, speaker and consultant. She is also mom to two brilliant boys with differences and special needs, so her professional background and real life experience provide a practical, rare perspective.
Shawna has written three books for parents of special needs – Everyday Autism, Special Education at Home and Parenting Chaos. She has also been featured in special needs discussions on Today.com, The Mighty, The Huffington Post and Autism Speaks.
Sample Homeschool Workshops
Fear, Faith and Homeschooling
How much does fear play into our decisions as parents of exceptional children? If you are anything like me, it’s a constant struggle to avoid homeschooling from a place of fear. This is a reminder to all of us that we can live each day with faith in the knowledge that we are exactly the moms God has chosen for our children.
Why I Create IEP’s For My Children And How You Can Too – The Power Of Strength Based Learning
IEP’s are Individualized Education Plans used to help children with special needs in the school system. But the truth is, all children receive a more individualized education when we homeschool them! With this in mind, I have found that taking the time to create a specialized version of an IEP for each of my children brings freedom and confidence. I walk through the learning accommodations we have in place, how I keep records of therapies and life skills, how we measure progress towards learning goals, and I provide examples of how you can too.
When Your Child Is Significantly Behind Typical Grade Levels
We all know that homeschooling allows us the freedom and flexibility to not worry about standardized grade levels. But the truth is, when we have struggling learners who are significantly behind, it can bring pressure, self-doubt and even shame. This is an honest discussion about what it’s really like when your child is well below grade level and we can reset expectations to better reflect our realities.
Doctors, Therapists and Homeschooling
Part of raising a child with exceptionalities and special needs means we often interact on a much more frequent and intimate level with doctors and therapists. What happens when your team doesn’t understand or even support homeschooling? How can you begin to educate them about your decision? When is it time to change professionals?
Out Of The Box Learning For Out Of The Box Learners
Why Strength Based Learning Works So Well For Children With Special Needs
Sample Bible Studies/Testimony
Fear vs. Faith In Motherhood
Our Scars Tell His Story
Embracing The Child We Have Been Given: Expectations vs. Reality and How God Uses it All
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