Speaking

Upcoming Speaking Engagements & Exhibits:


Texas Home School Coalition Conference, Arlington - May 11 - 13, 2017

El Paso Homeschool Conference - June 2nd & 3rd, 2017

Texas Home School Coalition Conference, The Woodlands - July 20 - 22, 2017



Peggy's Bio:

Peggy Ployhar, as the Texas Home School Coalition’s Special Needs Team Lead, leads the special needs department for THSC. The work of the THSC Special Needs department includes consultations, online training and applications, an online support group, special needs articles in the THSC Review Magazine and online blog, and THSC Conventions special needs programs. 


Peggy is the former MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators) Special Needs Coordinator whose home school journey started 14 years ago when her oldest child was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.  Additionally, Peggy understands special needs issues even more because of the many learning opportunities that came with being the oldest of 14 siblings, 10 of which were adopted into her family with special needs, and being a foster parent for special needs children while home schooling her own children.

Peggy, and her husband Doug, live in Conroe, TX, where they still home school the youngest of their three children (20, 18, and 12).


Below is a listing of the talks I currently present.  

Special Needs Homeschooling Talks
An Introduction to Special Needs Homeschooling
Home schooling is the ultimate form of an individualized education and thus it’s not a wonder why so many parents of special needs children consider taking a look at this option for schooling their children.  In this talk, Peggy Ployhar, the Special Needs Team Lead for the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) will go over the process involved to legally withdraw a child from public school, what options as a homeschool parent you still have to use public school special education services as a homeschooler, how Texas law defines your rights as a home school entity and educator, what advocacy, support, teacher training and curriculum resources are available within the homeschooling community for special needs families, and how families have seen this option open up new doors of learning for their special needs children.

Customizing Your Curriculum
As a Special Needs Team Lead for the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC), and the 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 and IEP and Then Use it Effectively in Your Home School
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 Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) Special Needs Team Lead, 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 an 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.

Home Schooling Special Needs High School
Home schooling high school with your special needs child does not have to seem like a daunting prospect. Peggy Ployhar, the Texas Home School Coalition Special Needs Lead, has graduated two sons with special needs.  In this talk, she has a lot of great ideas to share, from how to pick curriculum, write a transcript, prepare a transition plan based on the needs of your child, and records you must consider if your child will need accommodations and modifications in college or in testing for college entrance.


Creating Lessons Plan for Your Special Needs Leaner with Cheap Online Resources
Peggy Ployhar, the THSC Special Needs Team Lead, has a Pinterest board featuring over 6,000 online resources for special needs home schooling parents.  In creating these boards, Peggy has discovered countless free and cheap resources parents of special needs parents can use to teach their special needs students 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.

Skills & Transition Planning for Home School Special Education
Any parent knows a student’s learning goes beyond the basics of reading, writing.  But, parents of special needs students know this truth even more and also realize their need to be methodical in teaching transitionary skills for post-home school success.  In this talk, Peggy Ployhar, the THSC Special Needs Team Lead, takes parents of special needs home schooling students through a plan that helps them be intentional in setting up a transition plan that will ready their student for life beyond home school.  

Using Unit Studies to 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 THSC Special Needs Team Lead, goes over practical ways to build high school credit courses for a home school student using unit studies as she shares three different techniques she used with her own unique high school learners.  You will leave this talk encouraged and equipped to start, or continue, your home schooling 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 home schooling 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 home schooling their child.  Peggy Ployhar, the THSC Special Needs Team Lead, will share in this talk how to approach home schooling 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.



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 home schooling children with special needs.  Woven with personal stories, biblical truth, and lots of encouragement, this talk will truly speak to hearts of parents who want to raise their special needs children as God has called them to do.

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.
 










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:  Stopping Learning Glitches Through Gut Healing
More and more research is now pointing to the fact that a large number of 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:  Re-Training the Brain After Gut Healing
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 sensory brain fog?  Unfortunately, once healing of the gut is established there are still mental pathways that need to be changed so complete healing can come about.  In this talk Peggy Ployhar, takes a spiritual, mental, and physical approach to healing gut related learning and behavioral issues.

Coming in 2018:  How to Prepare a Special Needs Student for Participation in a Home School Co-op

Coming in 2018:  How to Methodically Introduce Special Needs Inclusion Principals into a Home School Co-op
 


Christian Parenting Talks
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 talked 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.

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 yet the bible does provide many 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.


Diet and Food Related Talks:
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:  Stopping Learning Glitches Through Gut Healing
More and more research is now pointing to the fact that a large number of 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:  Re-Training the Brain After Gut Healing
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 gut related sensory brain fog?  Unfortunately, once healing of the gut is established there are still mental pathways that need to be changed so complete healing can come about.  In this talk Peggy Ployhar, takes a spiritual, mental, and physical approach to healing gut related learning and behavioral issues.

Whole Foods for the Whole Family
You have heard these suggestions over and over again: eat healthy...avoid bad fats..and many more of the like. And, even though you desire to make healthy food choices for your family, no one seems to be able to tell you how, at least in practical terms. Well, help is here!  In this talk, Peggy shares her secrets about how you can change your family's eating habits and have a healthier family. This class will include cooking demonstrations, samples for tasting, recipes and meal planning ideas, information on how to start a whole-food buying club, details on how to find local farmers, and suggestions for starting a simple garden. (Not available outside a 350 mile driving radius due to supplies needed for this talk.)


Personal and Spiritual Growth Talks
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.


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 illusive?   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 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.


Cheese Talks/Classes:
The Science Behind Cheese Making 
 Have you ever wondered how so many types of cheese can be made from one simple product, milk? Whether your head is swimming with questions about cheese making or you've never thought twice about it, this talk will hold your interest and then some. Peggy Ployhar, a home cheese hobbyist and trained physicist, is ready to tackle all your questions and more as she dissects the cheese making process from a scientific and artistic point of view. Come and learn how to be a true cheese connoisseur, someone who doesn't just know the what and where about cheese but also the why and how. By the end of this presentation you will truly understand the hidden secrets held within the unpretentious nature of milk, while at the same time the subtle nuances captured by the art of cheese making, thus resulting in the delightful and decadent cheese varieties produced throughout the world.

Soft Cheese in an Hour
Through the application of multi-phase instruction, the one day process of making soft cheese is sped up for an interesting class covering the basic process behind cheese formation. This short hour of instruction will not only include a hands on lesson in basic cheese making principals, but will also include instruction regarding the simple deviations used by cheese makers to create a variety of different cheeses. Join Peggy Ployhar, a home cheese hobbyist, as she leads you easily through your first batch of homemade cheese. Who knows, you may take home a brand new hobby.

100 Series Cheese Making Classes
Cheese Making 101 - Fromage Blanc, Sour Cream, and Whey Fermented Peanut Butter
Cheese Making 102 - Yogurt, Greek Yogurt, Kefir, Kefir Cheese, and Probiotic Lemonade
Cheese Making 103 -  Paneer, Mizithra, Whey Fermented Garlic, and Probiotic Hummus
Cheese Making 104 -  Cottage Cheese, Ricotta, Alpine Ziger and Whey Fermented Cinnamon-Peach Chutney

200 Series Cheese Making Classes
Cheese Making 201 - Texas 5-Pepper Jack (focuses on pressings, flavoring , and brining hard cheese)
Cheese Making 202 - Danish Herbed Havarti (focuses on washed cheeses and washing brines)
Cheese Making 203 - English Cheddar (focuses on the art of cheddaring and pressing salted curds)
Cheese Making 204 - Norwegian Jarlsberg (delves into the specifics of adding bacteria powder to hard cheeses as well as waxing, so you can make cheese that develops eye structures)



For speaking fees please contact me via my email.  I do my best to work within your group's financial means and will consider each speaking request with diligent prayer.

Thank you for taking the time to see how I may speak God's light into your upcoming event!
Peggy

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