Joyce Blankenship
Special Needs Consultant


Joyce Blankenship earned her bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies at California State University Long Beach and her elementary teaching credential at California State University Chico. She has worked in the field of education for the past 30 years, as an educational therapist, tutor, enrichment class teacher, and home educator. She has graduated four of her five children and continues to homeschool her youngest daughter. Two of her children are college graduates, while two are currently in college. Having homeschooled a struggling learner, Joyce finds great enjoyment in encouraging parents in their homeschooling journey. She joined HSLDA’s special needs consultants team in spring of 2013.



Title:Developing and Drafting SEP’s (Student Education Plans)
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:All
Description:Does your child have a learning disability or perhaps severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants will learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP, student education plan, the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance in how to draft an SEP. Participants will look at sample student education plans, receive a template of a Student Education Plan, and a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan.

Title:Here Today—Gone Tomorrow—Helping Students with Memory Difficulties
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:All
Description:Does your child often forget information she’s learned from one day to the next? Does she struggle with mental arithmetic and memorizing her math multiplication tables? Is she easily distracted? This workshop addresses the challenges of homeschooling a child with memory difficulties. We will discuss the critical role that working memory plays in learning and attention, common roadblocks that parents face as they homeschool a child with memory issues, and practical ways that you can come alongside your student by implementing teaching strategies to match the latest research on how the brain functions.

Title:Teaching Strategies for Teens with Attention/Focusing Difficulties
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:All
Description:Do you find your teen daydreaming ten minutes after giving him an assignment? Does he make careless mistakes in his work? Is it difficult for him to stay on task and finish school work? Or does your teen struggle with organizing personal and school materials? Does he seem to forget what he has learned the day before? These are all learning problems common among teenagers with ADD or ADHD. Many homeschooling parents find themselves frustrated and looking for answers on how to effectively teach their struggling learners. In this workshop we will discuss ways to help alleviate stress for both the parent and student by giving you practical ideas to help make learning easier for your teenager no matter what subject you teach or curriculum you use!

Title:Teaching Struggling Learners At Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:All
Description:This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula in order to help equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your home school. Multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction are shared, as well as ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges.

Title:You Can Home School Your Struggling Learner and We Can Help!
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:All
Description:This workshop will provide an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner/Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Joyce will share common roadblocks homeschooling parents face, and help you navigate around those, as well as share strategies for success with your children who learn differently.


If you would like to invite Joyce Blankenship as a speaker for your upcoming event, please contact her at 540-338-5600.


Since Joyce’s workshops are offered as a free service to the homeschooling community, Joyce simply requests that all of her traveling, hotel, and related expenses be covered.


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