The NCHE Summit for Teaching Exceptional Children

2015 NCHE Summit For Teaching Exceptional Children


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Friday Evening, November 13th & Saturday, November 14th, 2015 in Matthews, NC

The Summit was birthed out of NCHE's desire to support and encourage those educating exceptional children at home.
Come and be refreshed, equipped, and encouraged by our wonderful speakers and the opportunity to fellowship with other parents homeschooling children with learning differences or other special needs.

Registration includes Friday evening dessert, all general and breakout sessions, lunch and snacks/coffee on Saturday.
Preregistration ends on Wednesday, November 11. Registration at the door will be $65.


Kristen Eckenwiler

Kristen Eckenwiler
Kristen Eckenwiler graduated with honors from the University of Central Florida, where she earned a master’s degree in reading. She has taught first, second and fourth grades in the public schools, as well as a variety of courses in elementary education at the collegiate level. Additionally, she has taught writing and literature classes for the homeschool community. For the last eleven years, she has stayed home to homeschool her two sons, while also staying busy testing, tutoring and collaborating with her husband, Dr. William Eckenwiler, as they provide a variety of products and services through their educational business, The Struggling Reader. Kristen brings both a wealth of knowledge and a visible passion to all of her workshops.

Heather Laurie

Heather Laurie
Heather Laurie and her husband, Christopher, began their homeschooling journey over 13 years ago when their oldest was 5 and kindergarten was not ready for her. She had too much "go- go- go" and too much ADHD showing to fit nicely into the classroom. The Lauries thought they would just homeschool for a year or so…. 5 children later and 13 years of homeschooling under their belt, Heather started "Special Needs Homeschooling" because 4 of her 5 children were diagnosed with autism. Later they found out that Heather and her children also have mitochondrial disease.

Kathy Kuhl

Kathy Kuhl
Kathy Kuhl helps parents help children with challenges. After homeschooling her son with learning disabilities, she wrote Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner, a handbook for helping children with challenges, including learning disabilities, attention deficit, autism, and giftedness. This book is based on interviews with 64 families homeschooling children with learning challenges and on her own research and personal experience. She also wrote Staying Sane as You Homeschool and Encouraging Your Child and writes for magazines.

Kathy speaks at homeschool conferences internationally. She individually advises families, providing resources, encouragement, and insight.


Christ Covenant Church
Building C / Wilcox: Fireplace Room
800 Fullwood Avenue
Matthews, NC 28105


NOT included in registration.
MUST mention NCHE to get the reduced rate!
  • Comfort Inn Matthews
    $72 +tax per night, breakfast included
    1718 Windsor Crossing Drive
    Matthews, NC, 28105
    (704) 845-5911
  • Hampton Inn
    $85 +tax per night, breakfast included
    9615 Independence Pointe Pkwy
    Matthews, North Carolina, 28105
    (704) 841-1155


Friday, November 13
7:30-9pm Dessert and General Session
Special Needs Homeschooling? Yes You Can!
Heather Laurie
HELP! The current situation isn't working, but I am not sure how to get started because my child learns outside the norm. Can I legally homeschool my child with a learning disability? I am not sure if I have the time, patience, and education my child needs to learn. After over a decade of homeschooling my 5 children that have a variety of medical and learning special needs I know YOU CAN DO IT!
Saturday, November 14
9:30-10:30am General Session
Strategies and Adaptations for the Learning Disabled Child
Kristen Eckenwiler
A learning disability presents many unique challenges to any mom/teacher as they search for the most effective way to teach their child. Based on solid research, Kristen and her husband, Dr. William Eckenwiler, have designed this workshop to present teaching strategies and adaptations that have been shown to effectively meet the needs of students who struggle with various learning disabilities. Along with this information, you will come away encouraged by the passion that is quickly evident in Kirsten's delivery.
10:45-11:45am Breakout Sessions
  • How Do I Know if It Is a Learning Disability?
    Kristen Eckenwiler
    Your child is struggling but you don’t know why. Is she just not trying? Do I need a better curriculum? Should I mix things up? Is it me? As you grapple with questions like this you begin to wonder if there might be a learning disability at the root of the struggle. Kristen and her husband have designed this workshop to help parents sort out the difference between routine struggles and those that could well be a learning disability.
  • Homeschooling Multiple Children with Differing Needs
    Heather Laurie
    Congratulations! You have been blessed with children. Every child is different in their needs and abilities but how do you make that work in homeschooling when there is a huge gap. Or have you been blessed with multiple children with special needs. I have 5 wonderful children that have special needs I will share how we get each homeschooling day done without pulling out my hair. How to encourage the family and each individual child to excel to their very best and be a godly productive adult someday.
  • Fractions, Decimals, & Percents: Hands-On Methods to Master Concepts
    Kathy Kuhl
    Fractions, decimals, and percentages are topics where many students struggle with math. These core skills enable students to proceed to algebra and higher math. Veteran homeschooler and math teacher Kathy Kuhl shares and lets you try multisensory strategies you can incorporate into any math curriculum.
12-1pm Lunch: Buffet
1:15-2:15pm Breakout Sessions
  • Help for the Struggling Reader and Those Trying to Teach Them
    Kristen Eckenwiler
    There are a multitude of challenges that affect reading abilities. Does your son or daughter seem to be faltering in their efforts to learn to read? Is it the curriculum? Is it you? Am I missing a critical element for my child's challenge? Based on current research, Kristen and her husband have designed this workshop to help parents better understand the most essential elements of the reading process, identify where there child’s struggle is, along with those critical ingredients that must be emphasized to produce a successful, capable reader.
  • Algebra and Negative Numbers: A Multisensory Structured-Language Approach
    Kathy Kuhl
    How do you teach algebra to those who can’t remember what they mastered last week? What if they still struggle with math facts? What are your options for high school math? Learn how to explain why negative plus negative is negative, yet negative times negative is positive, and more. Explore multisensory, structured language methods to help your kids, from veteran homeschooler and math teacher Kathy Kuhl. Try multisensory strategies you can incorporate into any math curriculum to help a child with basic algebra and beyond.
  • Peace in an INTENSE Home
    Heather Laurie
    Frustration rules the home. Things just aren’t getting done. The end of the day comes, and you wonder where all that time went. In short life, and homeschooling, has lost its shine and you wonder if it’s time to give up. Stop dear friend and let’s work on changing the intensity in your home to vibrancy. From frustration to planned and peaceful. As a mom on hospice with children that have the same disease, I know the dark side of Intensity, and I want to help you avoid it so your family with flourish!
2:30-3:30pm Breakout Sessions
  • Practical Strategies to Teach a Struggling Reader
    Kristen Eckenwiler
    By request, this workshop is offered to provide practical application of the five key elements of reading discussed in the workshop, “Help for the Struggling Reader and Those Trying to Teach Them.” Whether you attended the earlier workshop or not, you will be blessed by learning about teaching strategies that are multi sensory, innovative activities that not only give you fresh ideas for more effective teaching of children that struggle, but will also help you better understand the essentials for reading success.
  • Memory Boosters
    Kathy Kuhl
    Does your child struggle to recall math facts and the steps of a problem at the same time? Is last month’s history lesson forgotten? Veteran homeschool and author Kathy Kuhl discusses how to strengthen short and long term memory and compensate for memory weakness.
  • Homeschooling with Autism Is Awesome!
    Heather Laurie

    The diagnosis of autism is often followed by a list of therapies your child needs and the discussion on how you can’t possibly homeschool your autistic child. You can successfully, responsibly, and with great joy homeschool your child! We discuss everything from the curriculum adjustments, how to get needed therapies, and even the socialization question. We talk about setting attainable goals and where can our special kids go at the end of the journey?
3:45-4:45pm General Session
Raising Never-Give-Up Kids
Kathy Kuhl
Is your child tired of struggling with academic work? How do you help your child keep going? Kathy Kuhl homeschooled her son, who has extensive learning and attention problems, for grades 4-12. The author of Encouraging Your Child shares lessons learned, victories won, and principles to develop character and help your child press on.