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Editor's note from Susan Richman: I was so pleased to hear at the PHAA High School at Home Conference this year that longtime Pennsylvania homeschooling parent and evaluator, Patti Stoudt, is doing a study of how homeschooling families are working effectively with their special needs children. It is very exciting to see families with children will all types of special learning needs seeing that home education can sometimes be the best answer for them-- it's certainly challenging, but so often these children are really helped to gain the skills and abilities to do their very best in life through the nurturing atmosphere of the home, coupled often with varied services or options in the broader community. We look forward to reporting back on Patti's findings when her doctoral project is completed.
I am a PA homeschool mom and homeschooling evaluator, and am completing my doctoral studies at Liberty University. I am doing a research study of families in PA homeschooling children with special education needs. I would like to invite you to participate in this study.
The purpose of this study is to explore the ways homeschooling parents have found to meet the special education needs of their children who are struggling learners.
Participation in this study is voluntary and would take about an hour of your time for me to interview you. All identifying information will be removed for confidentiality.
I am hoping the information gathered will be helpful to future homeschooling families.
Please let me know by August 10, 2011 if you are interested in participating in this study or if you would like more information.
Mrs. Patti Stoudt
Think your homeschool child might be stuttering?? Some helps....
I just today read an Internet posting about the new film 'The King's Speech', which focuses on the ability of King George VI of England to rally his people during World War II with his short speech upon being named king, even though he had had a serious stuttering problem. The film, which just won a Golden Globe Award for Colin Firth's acting in the lead role, shows the king's long sessions with a speech therapist-- and maybe most importantly, apparently the major organizations dedicated to helping people who stutter really like the film.
So I thought this would be a good opportunity to share some links to stuttering helps online, as homeschooling parents certainly deal with this issue at times. I've seen families who were reluctant to seek help, or who just didn't quite know how to respond helpfully to their children who stammered or had particularly halting speech.
Here a link to the Stuttering Foundation: http://www.stutteringhelp.org
You'll see their appraisal of the film, and on the sidebar....
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