Today is the last day to PRE-REGISTER for SC’s Home Educators Special Needs Alliance of the Carolinas Special Needs Conference which is NEXT Saturday, March 21, 2015.
To register go to www.SCHEA.net or www.HomeEducatorsSpecialNeedsAllianceCarolinas.com
Donna Weston, M.Ed., PCET
Founder & Executive Director of Discovery Therapies, Inc
Keynote Address: “Lessons Hard Won Through My Son”
Life is challenging just raising a special needs child never mind homeschooling them as well. The special needs of your child affect not only them but the whole family. Donna will share her journey with an emphasis on practical advice and how to move forward from here.
Getting to Know Donna:
Donna Weston, in addition to her role with Discovery Therapies, is a parent of a learning disabled and ADHD child. She serves as a Board Member and Instructor for NILD, the National Institute for Learning Development. Her passion for the struggling learner and their families is born out of her own experience. Her son, Ryan, was born with congenital heart defects requiring four open heart surgeries. She and her husband, Mike, knew that learning difficulties would probably result, but they had no idea of the full impact of the consequences to come. Donna home schooled Ryan throughout his educational career, while her other two sons experienced a combination of home, private and public educations. She and Mike watched this energetic, out-going, intelligent boy who loved to explore and learn become frustrated, angry, and blame himself and the world for his being “stupid”. Donna knows firsthand the challenges and heartaches often involved in raising a child with learning challenges: trying to keep them interested in education, trying to convince them that they are not “stupid”, and helping the family deal with the emotional and behavioral consequences that often accompany the learning challenges.