Friday, April 13, 2012

GHEA Speaker Diane Craft

The GHEA Conference is approaching fast. I hope you are making plans to attend on May 3-5. You can find out more details and register for the convention here. There is a great line up of speakers and Diane Craft is one of them. I would like to share a little bit about this amazing speaker. 

As I was going through the list of speakers and checking out their websites Diane's really stuck out to me because her primary goal is to assist homeschool parents who have struggling learners and she provides loads of FREE resources.

I currently have one struggling learner and I know quite a bit of my homeschool friends have at least one (or more) as well. Struggling learners often don't do well in the public school environment because it is very hard for a teacher meet one child's specific needs in a classroom of 30. But even home it can be difficult for the parents to understand their struggling learner and meet their needs. And helping parents with their struggling, bright learners is what Diane is now devoted to. In 1993 she began teaching her concepts to parents so that they could work with their children. And in 1997 she retired and opened a private consulting firm Child Diagnostics, Inc. Her program not only consists of exercises to perform with children but also nutritional interventions. 

Diane is a former homeschool mom and has a Master's Degree in special needs education and is also a Certified Natural Health Professional. Her passion is discovering the reason why children struggle with learning and behavior. She has done extensive brain research concerning learning disabilities and their causes. 

On her website you will find lots of great articles and FREE homeschool lesson plans for struggling learners. There is also a section on her website where you can listen to samples of her audios and videos. I really enjoyed this video on sight words, this is actually part of a series she did.

Diane will be speaking several times at GHEA. Here is the list of workshops she will be offering:

-Identifying and Correcting Blocked Learning Gates
-Training Your Child’s Photographic Memory
-Kids and Teenagers with Focus and Attention Issues: A Healing Approach
-Smart Kids Who Hate to Write
-Photographic Memory for Math and Test Taking
-The Biology of Auditory Processing and Memory Problems

You can pretty much guarantee that I will be at least one of Diane's workshops. I have one child who dislikes writing so I will  be in the Smart Kids Who Hate to Write workshop on Saturday morning. You can also go visit with Diane at her booth to discuss your child's learning needs. She can help you find answers for your child who has to work too hard to stay on task, or who is struggling with Sensory Processing issues.

To get more updates from Diane Craft be sure to follow her on Facebook. And again make sure to really dig into her website there is a vast selection of information for parents.

Blog Carnival:
I hope you will take some time to visit these other amazing blogs where you can learn more about the conference and the speakers who will be at GHEA this year.

-The Glam Moms Guide - Georgia Home Education Association Conference - Speaker Rachel Carman 
-Hodgepodge Mom - Continuing Education At Your State Homeschool Convention
-Confessions of a Snowflake - GHEA Protecting Your Freedoms

Twitter Party:
On April 23rd at 8:00 pm EST Alicia from Confessions of a Snowflake and I will be hosting a Twitter party. Make sure you follow GHEA_Conf on Twitter and use the hashtag #gheaconf.  We'll be celebrating our freedom to homeschool and giving away some fun prizes from the vendors.

Make sure you also like GHEA's Facebook Page for updates about the conference, speakers and vendors.

Disclaimer: GHEA is giving me a free conference pass in exchange for my post. All opinions are my own. Many of the links found on my side bars and in my blog posts are affiliate links. As a result, I might get paid money and I will most likely spend the money on homeschool supplies or a hotel for the convention.

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