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 all general and breakout sessions, lunch and snacks/coffee on Saturday. Preregistration ends on Wednesday, October 31. Registration at the door will be $40.


At the door cost: $40 per person

Date: New Date: Saturday, November 3

Time: 9-6 

Location: Grace Presbyterian Church, 360 Hopkins Road, Kernersville, NC

Our Speakers

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.

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.

Additional Speakers:  Chris Laurie (, Cindy Gaddis (,  Ryan Platt (

Summit Schedule

8-9 – Registration ,Coffee/Pastries

9-9:15 – Announcements/Housekeeping

9:15-10:15 – Keynote Heather Laurie – Growing Exceptional Families

10:30-11:15 – Breakout Session 1

Kathy Kuhl: Planning Homeschool with Learning Challenges

Cindy Gaddis: Understanding your Right-Brained Child

Ryan Platt: Transition to Adulthood: Age 17-21

11:30-12:15 – Breakout Session 2

Kathy Kuhl: Help Distractible Students Succeed

Chris/Heather Laurie: High School and Beyond with Special Needs

Cindy Gaddis: Homeschooling Special Needs

12:15-1:15 – LUNCH

1:15-2 – Breakout Session 3

Kathy Kuhl: What Good are Labels? Understanding your child’s Learning Problems

Heather Laurie: Putting the a+ in Autism with homeschooling

Cindy Gaddis: Mental Health

2:15-3 – Breakout Session 4

Kathy Kuhl: When Writing Doesn’t Come Easily

Chris Laurie: Cybersecurity:

Ryan Platt: Overview of Planning for two Lifetimes


3:30-4:15 – Breakout Session 5

Cindy Gaddis: Living with the Right-Brained Child (those high-maintenance children)

Chris/Heather Laurie:   Homeschooling your Sensory Intense Child

Ryan Platt: Overview of ABLE

4:30-5:30 – Keynote Kathy Kuhl – Raising Never Give Up Kids

5:30-5:45 – Closing Remarks/Announcements