Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, is a leader in the special education homeschooling community and a frequent writer and speaker on special education homeschooling issues.
Peggy is the former THSC (Texas Home School Coalition) Special Needs Team Lead, MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators) Special Needs Coordinator and MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Area Coordinator for MN, ND and SD. She is certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors and trained as a Precept Bible Study leader.
Peggy’s home school journey started when her oldest child was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. Now with 16 years of homeschooling under her belt, she thanks God for all the experiences He has given her so she can use them to encourage other special needs homeschooling parents.
Peggy and her husband Doug live in League City, TX, where they still home school the youngest of their three children (21, 19, and 14).
To see a listing of Peggy’s upcoming Facebook live broadcasts, check out the SPED Homeschool Facebook Event page. For past broadcasts, check out the SPED Homeschool YouTube channel or podcast page.
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Overcoming Doubt – Your Greatest Homeschool Enemy
Doubt is the number one enemy of all homeschoolers. So, it stands to reason that overcoming doubt is the key to homeschool success. Peggy Ployhar, the CEO of SPED Homeschool, has 16 years’ experience battling doubt in her own homeschooling endeavors. But, instead of letting those doubts creep in and destroy her homeschool, she learned with each battle just how much God’s grace and truth provided strategies for conquering her doubts. This talk is filled with biblical fighting strategies to equip every homeschooling parent to do battle head-on with their own doubts so they can overcome them and homeschool victoriously.
You Can Finish Well, No Matter How Much Race You Have Left
Very few homeschooled students follow a perfectly laid out step-by-step plan from kindergarten to graduation. Instead, homeschooling parents usually must learn to use their student’s past lessons as a foundation, be willing to make detours when gaps need filling and find peace in the direction of their student’s unique projected finish line. Peggy Ployhar, the CEO of SPED Homeschool, has filled this talk with practical advice on how to move from where you are right now in the homeschooling race to a well finished ending, no matter how much time you have left.
Navigating the Trends in Special Education Homeschooling
Special education homeschooling has changed a lot since homeschooling started and each year the changes are becoming more dramatic. Some of these changes have been tremendously helpful to parents who homeschool children with special educational needs, while others have made navigating the option to homeschool much more challenging. Join Peggy Ployhar, the Founder, and CEO of SPED Homeschool as she takes you through the history, the current trends, and her projections for the future of special education homeschooling and how amidst these changes parents can best tap into a supportive community, helpful resources and workable curriculum options for their children and most of all help their child succeed.
Be Angry…And Train Your Kids
Parental anger and the character training process happen to be the two largest struggles of any parent, but rarely are the development of the two undertakings ever considered to be interrelated. After many struggles with parenting anger, which stemmed from anger issues she carried with her from her upbringing, Peggy found herself seeking scriptural answers to her outbursts. Peggy Ployhar, in this talk titled “Be Angry…And Train Your Kids”, shares what God has taught her about how the anger-provoking instances that child training brings are tools meant to enrich the character training process. You will walk away from this talk comforted regarding any past struggles regarding parenting anger and equipped for the character training process that still lays ahead for you and your children.
Moms of Messed Up Old Testament Families
Do you often feel like your family situation is too far gone for even God to make right? If we are real with ourselves and look truthfully at our situations, all moms can relate. Family dynamics are messy because they are scenarios created by a group of sinful and imperfect people forced to live with one another’s imperfections. But are these messes really what we make them out to be? Or, are they vehicles for God to use for His greater glory? Join Peggy Ployhar, for a comical and encouraging tour through the earliest recorded family histories in the Bible, and learn what God has to teach us moms about trusting in Him through all of life’s messes.
Biblical Encouragement for the Special Needs Parent
While the world tells special needs parents, and their children, that disability/struggling areas should be used to excuse poor behavior, the Bible holds Christians to a different standard – one of love, compassion, and continual biblical training. Speaking towards the scripture, “Train up a child in the way he should go…”, Peggy digs into the Bible to show parents how to live up to this standard without losing their focus, or their minds. From the experience of being a parent and a foster-parent of multiple special needs children, Peggy Ployhar has first-hand knowledge of the rigorous demands put on parents who are raising, training, and homeschooling children with special needs. Woven with personal stories, biblical truth, and lots of encouragement, this talk will truly speak to the hearts of parents who want to raise their special needs children as God has called them to do.
The Essentials of Special Education Homeschooling
Homeschooling is the ultimate individualized education plan, so it’s not a wonder why parents of special needs children consider this educational choice. In this talk, Peggy Ployhar, the CEO of SPED Homeschool covers what it takes to get started homeschooling, avoiding and conquering common pitfalls, and how to homeschool special education through high school. This talk is filled with practical advice from the trenches of homeschooling for 16 years and working for over a decade as a special needs homeschooling consultant.
Customizing Your Curriculum
As the CEO of SPED Homeschool, and the former Special Needs Team Lead for the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) and former Special Needs Coordinator of MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators), Peggy Ployhar speaks to one of the most frequently asked questions she receives: “What curriculum would be best to teach the unique needs of my child?” Whether you have a child who has a specific diagnosis or one who just struggles in one area of school or another, Peggy addresses in this talk how to take the curriculum you already own, or plan to use, adjust it to meet the specific needs of your child, and consequently dissolve the struggles you are currently seeing in homeschooling your unique child.
How to Write an IEP and Then Use it Effectively in Your Homeschool
An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a tool public and private school special needs teachers use to set progress goals for their students. Join Peggy Ployhar, the CEO of SPED Homeschool, for a very “how-to” oriented introduction on the basics of writing and implementing an IEP, homeschool style. This talk will take you through the entire process of the hows and whys of an IEP, the legality of the using a homeschool IEP based on the American Disabilities Act and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as well as many teaching strategies on how to reach IEP goals for specific diagnosis and learning struggles.
Homeschooling Special Education High School
Homeschooling high school with your special needs student doesn’t have to seem like a daunting prospect. Peggy Ployhar, the CEO of SPED Homeschool, has graduated two sons with special needs as well as helped countless other parents walk the special needs homeschooling road. In this talk, Peggy shares ideas from how to pick curriculum, write a transcript, prepare a transition plan, and record keeping strategies you must consider if your child will need accommodations and modifications in college, in testing for college entrance, or for workforce placement.
Homeschool Special Education with Cheap Online Resources
Peggy Ployhar, the CEO of SPED Homeschool, has a Pinterest board featuring over 6,000 online resources for special needs homeschooling parents. In creating these boards, Peggy has discovered countless free and cheap resources parents of special needs students can use to teach at home. From teaching basic elementary concepts to high school level courses, in this talk, Peggy will highlight her favorite resources for parents. Come and see how you can save some money while meeting the specific needs of your unique learner using cheap online resources.
Skill & Transition Planning for Homeschool Special Education
Any parent knows a student’s learning goes beyond basics academics. But, parents of special needs students are even more aware of this truth. Successful post-homeschool transitioning of a special needs student requires planning. In this talk, Peggy Ployhar, the CEO of SPED Homeschool, takes parents of special needs homeschooling students through a plan that helps them be intentional in setting up a transition plan that will ready their student for life beyond homeschool.
Shedding Light On Depression
Current studies show almost 10 percent of the American population is affected by depression each year and depression among children is increasing at a rate of 23% per year. Peggy Ployhar knows first-hand how dark and limiting depression can be. As a biblical counselor, Peggy transformed her experiential insight into depression as God revealed the steps He used to pull her out of the pit of despair. Peggy not only shares from the point of view of someone who has personally struggled with depression and a biblical counselor who has both studied and counseled others in this area, but also as a parent of two children who have overcome their struggles with depression. The talk “Shedding Light on Depression” biblically dissects the clinical reasoning behind depression and the current methods of treatment while revealing how Jesus, the true Light, can dispel even the most cavernous darkness and bring the light of joy into the life of anyone willing to trust in His ability to transform their heart and mind.
Using Unit Studies to Homeschool Through High School
Many parents slowly progress away from hands-on learning as their student nears high school level classes. But, for students who have difficulty with understanding abstract concepts through traditional instruction, the removal of multi-sensory and discovery style instruction makes the leap to high school not only challenging but also often very discouraging. In this talk, Peggy Ployhar, the CEO of SPED Homeschool, covers practical ways to build high school credit courses for a homeschool student using unit studies. You will leave this talk encouraged and equipped to start, or continue, your homeschooling high school journey using unit studies.
Homeschooling Students with Profound Learning Issues
Over the past 20 years, there have been many products created for the homeschooling market which help parents home school students with mild learning issues. But, that is not the case for parents who have non-verbal, visually impaired, severely delayed and/or physically handicapped students. Instead, these parents are usually left to try to piece together their own curriculum, if they even dare take the leap and try homeschooling their child. Peggy Ployhar, the CEO of SPED Homeschool, in this talk will share how to approach homeschooling for children with profound issues as she gives practical, hands-on ideas as well as ways to approach subject specific requirements when teaching children with profound learning issues and/or delays.
Gut Health And Learning Part I: How the Gut Affects Learning
Hippocrates is quoted as having said “All disease begins in the gut”, and researchers are just beginning now to realize how true his statement really is. Armed with the latest research and personal success stories, Peggy covers a wide range of information in this talk that will make you think twice about assumptions that the gut is disconnected from learning. You will walk away from this talk not only knowing more about how your digestive system works but also how it works in tandem with so many other factors you were probably never aware of.
Gut Health & Learning Part II: Halting Learning Glitches Through Gut Healing
More and more research is now pointing to the fact that many children who experience learning glitches also exhibit bowel issues. Yet amazingly, medical professionals are still slow to acknowledge this research and talk about the growing number of people who have been able to restore their gut health through natural means. After realizing that gut damage was the underlying cause not only to her children’s learning issues but also a lot of issues she herself was dealing with, Peggy Ployhar has a lot to share in this up-and-coming area of special needs intervention. This talk is filled with practical advice and natural ways to reverse gut damage.
Gut Health & Learning Part III: Training the Brain After Gut Damage
As a child perceives the world around him, so does he construct his mental pathways to deal with these sensory inputs. But, what happens when those inputs are not based on clear thinking, but instead skewed by a gut related issues? Unfortunately, once healing of the gut is established there are still mental pathways that need to be changed so restorative healing can continue. In this talk, Peggy Ployhar takes a spiritual, mental, and physical approach to teaching towards gut related learning and behavioral issues.
Faith Sharing with Your Children
We all desire for our children to have vibrant faith lives. Getting your child to a point where he or she develops a unique and special relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is not a science, but the bible does provide many practical instructions to parents on how to share their own faith life to make this process a natural transition. In this talk, Peggy Ployhar dissects some of these scriptures and then shares real-life experiences on how to put those concepts into practice. And, as Peggy can attest, these truths provide an abundant harvest to any parent who cultivates and plants with care into the hearts of their children.
Resting on Your Side of the Yoke
Consider this…In the United States, we have entire industries claiming they can provide for you a state of true rest. Yet, instead of delivering on their claims, the industry just grows bigger and broader each year claiming more and delivering less. Why is rest so elusive? In this talk, Peggy Ployhar will explore the most common deceptive strategies Satan uses to allure you away from where true rest can be found – Jesus Christ. If you have been feeling less than rested lately, then the truth revealed in this talk will be just what your soul has been searching for.
The Impact of Influence
If you desire to make an impact with your faith, you need not to look any further then where God has planted you. In this talk, “The Impact of Influence”, Peggy Ployhar takes her audience step by step through the beginning of Ephesians 5, as she dissects the Word of God as it relates to living a life of influence in the ordinary, thus making every moment of life extraordinary. You will leave this talk encouraged to make the most out of where God has planted you and inspired to stay strong in the places God has allowed you to make an impact for His kingdom.