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Saturday, May 4
401 South Hambden Street, Chardon
9:30 am to 3 pm

This one day conference will include topics such as navigating IEPs and the Jon Peterson scholarship, local resources, individualized curriculum planning, identifying your child's needs, and encouragement for the journey.

Our speakers will be Jessica LaDow and Libby Booker, speech pathologists at Leaps and Sounds and Becky Clark, former associate teacher of special needs and homeschooling mom.

$25/husband and wife; $15/individual
Lunch included.

* We are unable to provide child care for this event.


                      Becky Clark has been married to Wayne for over 45 years. They homeschooled their four,                                                   now adult, children through graduation... and are now teaching two of their grandchildren                                                 at home as well. Before beginning home education in 1991, Becky taught in the public                                                         school system, working with students who had a variety of disabilities. Encouraging                                                             families with special kids is one ministry she especially enjoys.

                       Jessica LaDow is a state licensed and American Speech-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech-                               language pathologist (CCC-SLP). A native Ohioan, she earned her masters in speech language                                           pathology from Kent State University in 2014 and has had a career focused in medical-level pediatrics.                           While she has seen it all, her clinical specialties lie in feeding and swallowing disorders. ​

                       Libby Booker is a state licensed and American Speech-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech                                   -language pathologist (CCC-SLP) with clinical experiences in the public schools and outpatient settings.                           She is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University with a Master's of Science in Speech-Language P                                     Pathology.​

Getting Oriented: Knowing what you need and what is out there. 
This session will cover the process of discovering your child's needs as well as the different options to support their needs based on their age. This presentation is tailored to families of special needs children and will cover in detail: gaining access to services that support those with disabilities or delays, what this specifically looks like, how to know when a suspected issue is truly a delay or disability as well as taking advantage of public support systems such as Early Intervention, Pre-school and obtaining an IEP.
Compass, Boots, Map: The Tools Available to Find Success. 
This session will review the different service options for children of all ages, with respect to home-school families perspectives. Specifically, we will review the detailed paths that need to be taken to have access to Scholarships, Outpatient therapy services and navigating insurance plans to access these options. We also will review the importance of setting goals and finding the right home-school curriculum to support the growth of children with special needs. 

You Know This Child,  BEST!
Setting realistic goals for the individual child and how these are incorporated into their personalized graduation requirements is not an easy task. But because you do know this child best how you meet the student’s basic education needs can be accomplished in the most effective ways. Using an individualized curriculum plan, which is developed for the child by the parents, best meets their needs and goals.
Tough as Diamonds
We all know that parenting is tough. Throw in an especially unique child, who approaches life differently and it is even more tough…but also more splendid! The relationships we have with our kids are the diamonds of life and if we see them as such our jewels will certainly sparkle! Come and be encouraged, to see how you and your family can be lights in a dark world. Becky hopes to equip you to take on the TOUGH and really shine in your home, homeschool,  and beyond!

We are so thankful for the following sponsors of this event. Please consider giving them your business! To become a sponsor email

Sage's Apples          EmethGym          Flanigan Bilt Putters          His Daughter          North Coast Investments

Chardon Christian Fellowship       Ferroni's Allegro Cafe and Bistro     The GHS Team                   



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