Welcome to Special Needs on SchoolhouseTeachers.com!
Editor’s Note: Due to family needs, Judi Munday has had to step away from her series for you on SchoolhouseTeachers.com. More than a year’s worth of Special Needs lessons from Judi (dating to 2012), remain available in our archives (link below). We will be seeking a new Teacher to serve our special needs students and bring you new content as soon as possible.
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Special Needs Educational Consultant, Judi Munday, has put together a 19-week program to help those with children with special needs, be it language delays or deficits, dyslexia, or difficulty with math. She provides practical solutions and helpful tips for choosing curriculum and modifying and adapting instruction. An explanation of the skills of learning—acquiring, organizing, storing, and retrieving information—and where possible breakdowns may occur along the path is helpful for those who are seeking to understand the best course of action to facilitate their child’s success. A discussion of assistive technologies for struggling readers and writers and those students who struggle with math may encourage parents and reduce the anxiety and stress a student with difficulties often feels. Parents of children with dyslexia will appreciate the lengthy discussion and advice Judi gives.
Lesson 1: When Your Child Continues to Struggle
Lesson 2: The Student Education Plan as a Guide
Lesson 4: Choosing Curriculum Materials
Lesson 8: Language-Based Learning Disabilities
Lesson 13: Assistive Technology: Struggling Readers
Lesson 14: Assistive Technology: Struggling with Math
Download a printable course outline here.
Judi Munday has a heart to equip, educate, and encourage parents of children with special needs. She earned her M.Ed. degree at the University of Illinois in 1968 in special education for culturally disadvantaged preschool children under Dr. Carl Bereiter and Dr. Siegfried Engelmann. In 1985, she earned a second Masters degree at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA, where she focused her study on specific learning disabilities. After 15 years of teaching in Christian schools and in the “mission field” of public education, she retired from Chesapeake Public Schools. She then started her own business, HIS Place for Help in School, to support parents of homeschooled children with special needs.
Judi provides diagnostic testing for learning disabilities and consultation for parents (in person or by telephone). With her husband as webmaster, she also maintains an informational website, http://www.hishelpinschool.com/ where parents can find practical, evidence-based teaching strategies. Since June 2012, she has contributed monthly articles on a wide range of special needs topics for the online homeschool magazine, www.SchoolhouseTeachers.com.
Judi has presented numerous local and statewide workshops at homeschool support groups and statewide conferences in Louisiana, Hawaii, and Virginia. In 2010, she presented at the National Learning Disabilities of America conference. Judi currently holds a Post-Graduate Professional Teaching License in Virginia. In 2003, she compiled and wrote the “Special Needs Education” section for the Home Educators of Virginia Homeschool Manual (now in its 3rd edition). She has self-published two books: Teaching Your Special Needs Child: Teaching Strategies and Tools that Really Work, now under contract to be published in 2014 by Westbow Press (a subsidiary of Thomas Nelson Publishers), and Writing a Student Education Plan, both of which are available through her website.
Judi has been married to John for 49 years, and they are blessed to be grandparents of ten homeschooled grandchildren, ages 6—16.