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Thinking about home educating your special needs child? Register now for the 2014 CHEO Convention to be held in Akron, June 20-21. I will be presenting four workshops* related to special needs children and hope to see you there!
For many years, Psalm 127 has been an important scripture for me, and it is from this portion of God's Word that Winsome Arrows Educational Services and this site were named:
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one's youth.
Our children are indeed like arrows which we meticulously prepare for flight. We carry them through the early years upon our own backs, protecting them in the quiver of home and family. We hold them with a gentle firmness, turning them, inspecting them, fluffing their feathers so their course will be true. And, when the time has come for them to make their mark upon the world, we string them with as much confidence as we can muster, steadily aim them, and with a deep breath release them to be carried onward by the purposeful winds of our good and gracious God.
My hope is to provide a place here in which we can encourage one another to aim and release the next generation while drawing strength from the one that came before. So, grab a mug of coffee or pour yourself a cup of tea and scroll down through this page to find out a little bit more about me and my goals for this little corner of the Internet.
To God be the glory,
Good words on releasing our children to the Lord may be heard in this audio message from Revive Our Hearts.
The educational services portion of this site exists to promote quality educational options for all children but most particularly those with special learning needs. My goal is to equip parents and private schools with specific strategies for teaching children with unique learning styles or challenges and to do so in the context of sound, tried and true educational principles.
Please allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Joan Hartley. I am a special education professional with a strong desire to see all children discover the love of learning. This passion was born when, as a young woman of seventeen, I volunteered to work with struggling students in a first grade classroom. At the time, universities were ramping up to train specialists in order to meet the demand that resulted from the enactment of Public Law 94-142. So, when I entered college a short time later, pursuing a career in special education was the obvious choice for me.
In the years since, the career trajectory that my youthful enthusiasm fueled has remained constant. Today, I am degreed and hold Ohio licensure in the areas of specific learning disabilities, cognitive delays, and emotional disturbances (don't like that name at all, but it's the one currently used in Ohio) and have more than 25 years experience in the field. My work with students from pre-K to university has included those with specific learning disabilities, cognitive delays, ADD/ADHD, behavioral needs, and multiple handicaps as well as those on the autism spectrum.
Perhaps of more value than that, however, are the years sandwiched between those spent in the traditional school setting in which I educated my own four children at home. And now, as a grandmother of a child with Williams syndrome, my interest in securing educational options for special needs learners has become very personal.
Please accept this warm invitation to browse the pages of this site including my blog, a dynamic resource list, an interactive design page, and the educational services I offer. For more information or to contact me with your ideas or questions, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or via my contact page.
Joan Hartley, Founder Winsome Arrows Educational Services
* Workshops planned are:
It’s Not Rocket Science! This workshop is designed to take the mystery out of teaching children with unique learning styles or challenges. It will give a general overview of topics in special education including terminology and common disability categories. Its goal is to equip parents with basic knowledge in order to gain confidence in teaching their special needs children at home. Various community- based services available to special needs children will be explored as will the question, “How do I know if I’m in over my head?”
The Busy Child According to a study by Northwestern University, the diagnosis of ADD and ADHD rose 66% between 2000 and 2010. Just how reliable are all these new identifications? This workshop is designed to take a balanced look at our busy children in order to evaluate and address behaviors that may prove challenging but which are an integral part of the way in which they are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. Building upon the strengths of our busy children as well as creating learning environments that will bring out their best selves will be a central theme.
Join us as we learn about and experiment with multi-sensory approaches to learning. Simple and specific strategies for teaching reading, math, and writing will be presents. Intervention packets will be provided and some fun, manipulative instructional materials will be made for use at home.
Strength Based Instruction
This workshop will provide ideas for building upon and teaching to the God given strengths of individual children. Parents attending this session should come with their child’s specific strengths and interests in mind. A guided framework will be provided to strategize ways to build our children's confidence and proficiency by teaching to their strengths.