Faith Berens

Faith Berens has served as one of HSLDA’s Special Needs Consultants since 2008.
She works as a private educational consultant and evaluator as well.

She has an MEd in reading from Shenandoah University. Her areas of expertise are; early childhood literacy, reading assessment, and the identification and remediation of reading difficulties and disabilities, such as dyslexia.

Faith has over 15 years of teaching experience. That includes serving as a classroom teacher in public and private Christian schools, Reading Recovery® teacher, reading specialist, NILD educational therapist, home educator, co-op instructor, and tutor.

She lives in Fauquier County, Virginia, with her husband Matthew, and is actively homeschooling her son and she has one daughter who has already graduated from homeschool. Her passions include reading for pleasure, singing, traveling, nature/science, leading Bible studies, and teaching reading to struggling students.

Workshops from Faith Berens (may vary by event location)

Teaching Struggling Learners At Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success

This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Faith explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction. She also shares ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges.

Encouragement, Getting Started, Homeschool Organization, Homeschool to College, Mom Encouragement, Other Academics, Parenting, Reading / Phonics, Special Needs

Tackling Tricky High School Issues: Practical Help and Guidance for Homeschooling High School Students with Special Needs

This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home in the high school years. Do you have questions such as “How do I award my child with special needs a diploma?” or “What do I do since my child with dyslexia can’t read typical high school level material?” Faith discusses alternative coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, and post–high school options. She also offers tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests.

Homeschool to College, Parenting, Special Needs

What Every Homeschooling Parent Needs to Know About Accommodations For Students with Disabilities

This workshop addresses a crucial but frequently misunderstood topic related to special needs homeschooling. In this power-packed workshop, Faith explains the difference between accommodations and modifications, describes 504 Accommodation Law, and answers homeschooling parents’ most frequently asked questions, including:

Can I give accommodations to my child on end-of-the-year standardized tests? What type of documentation is needed to do so?
How do homeschoolers apply for special testing accommodations for college entrance exams? What documentation is required by the College Board and ACT in order for my high schooler to be considered for and granted special testing accommodations?
Should high school students with disabilities discuss and disclose their diagnosis during the college application process?
Can my college student receive accommodations? What accommodations are colleges required to provide to students with disabilities?
Faith also shares a disability resource guide for teens and young adults.

Homeschool to College, Mom Encouragement, Special Needs

Dyslexia Demystified—Definitions and Hope for Homeschoolers

In this workshop, Faith defines what dyslexia is (and what it is not), discusses the different types of dyslexia as well as levels of struggle (mild, moderate, severe), and then offers hope by sharing the types of necessary teaching methods, research-based interventions, and programs that you can implement in your homeschool. Faith offers hope and encouragement in addition to tricks and strategies to add to your teaching toolkit!

Mom Encouragement, Reading / Phonics, Special Needs

Developing and Drafting SEPs (Student Education Plans)

Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan.

Getting Started, Homeschool Organization, Homeschool to College, Mom Encouragement, Special Needs