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Mr. Matthew McNatt:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



McNatt, Matthew

McNatt Learning Center, Inc.
101 W Illinois Ave Ste 5
Morris, Illinois (IL)  60450
United States of America (US)

Website(s) McNatt Learning Center, Inc.
Featured Presentations2007 Illinois Christian Home Educator's Annual State Convention (ICHE) (2007, IL)
Workshop Presentations2011 Illinois Christian Home Educator's Annual State Convention (ICHE) (2011, IL)
2009 20th Annual Heart of Illinois Convention for Home Educators (2009, IL)
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

Presentations at the 2011 Illinois Christian Home Educators Convention

"I'm Frustrated: I Just Don't Get It!": How to Change What Isn’t Working
Common approaches to instruction typically emphasize acquiring knowledge and skill—but what about misunderstandings and poor habits? How can we help struggling and special needs learners stop what isn’t serving them well? In this workshop, we’ll explore common causes of difficulties in reading, speech, handwriting, coordination, and self-regulation. Come learn practical ways you can identify ineffective learning strategies, decrease your children’s frustration and encourage more efficient ways to learn.

“I’m ALREADY Trying Hard!”: How to Achieve Excellence While Reducing Effort

Common approaches to learning—academics and athletics, especially—link effort with success. Struggling and special needs learners often conclude, “Something must be wrong with me; I know I tried.” Some stop trying, but they don’t need to. The amount of effort required is neither an indicator of something wrong with the learner, nor a predictor of a learner’s success.

"I'm Proud to Be So Humble": How to Avoid Self-Righteousness and Cultivate a Virtuous Heart
Common approaches to character formation direct children’s attention toward what’s ideal and reward displaying particular virtues. After all, it’s important for children to know what’s right and to do what’s good. Children with special needs, however, often need help with important prerequisites. How can we help them attend to their reality as it is now and to understand others’ feelings? How can we honor what they have to teach us about being authentic, regardless of what others think—or about honestly caring, even when we can’t quite connect?

Attention Difficulties, Anxiety Issues, & Autism-Spectrum Disorders, Part 1: Entering Your Child’s World
Does your child struggle to pay attention? Does he often retreat to his own private world? Does she seem out of step with others, find them hostile, or find it impossible to relate? Why does asking some children to “sit still and listen” or “look at me when I’m talking to you” practically ensure failure? How can we relate to what they’re going through?

Attention Difficulties, Anxiety Issues, & Autism-Spectrum Disorders, Part 2: Making Sense of the Larger World
Children who have attention issues or autism-spectrum conditions, or who have suffered trauma or neglect, often have difficulties engaging and staying engaged. How can we reduce their sensory overload and promote their sensory integration? Where can we turn for more help?

Struggling & Special Learners: Academic Q&A
Do you have specific questions about your child’s academic challenges? Does he/she have difficulty remembering yesterday’s lessons, reversing letters or numbers, following instructions, or staying organized? Stop by Matthew’s speaker table to submit your question—one per card—before this session begins. During the session, we’ll explore relationships between cognitive skills and academic learning, using your questions as a guide.

“I want to get it right!": How to Nurture a Desire to Learn
Being right is important, but the first intentional step in learning is being willing to be wrong. How can you help your special needs children find joy in learning? How can you help a person with obsessive-compulsive tendencies be open to change? Come learn practical ways to help learners with perfectionism accept their humanity and learn from their mistakes.

“How can I get what I want?”: How to Get Respect and Cultivate Peace
Do your special needs children use you or their siblings? Are they always trying to win? Do they know what buttons to press—and press them often? Does it seem they don’t notice—or don’t care—about others’ needs? What steps can you take to change this? Come learn practical ways to counteract manipulative behavior, nurture mutual respect, and restore peace to your household.

Presentations at the 2007 Illinois Christian Home Educators Convention

Approaching Learning through a Back Door
Do you or your children have difficulty “putting it all together?” Does learning seem too complex? Reading comprehension an impossibility? Without the limits of themes, “abstract strategy games” provide fertile ground for a student’s growing success in problem solving, critical thinking, and independent living skills. Come learn how to teach... without teaching! (Explore mediated learning, as pioneered by Dr. Reuven Feuerstein.)

Skills for Efficient Learning
Does learning seem laborious? “Accuracy” and “precision” just words in a dictionary? If drills take forever, only to be forgotten—or if you’ve abandoned drill entirely—come learn methods for training quick thinking, reading mechanics, math facts, and memory. Learning can be easier!

Helping an Impulsive or Unmotivated Learner
Do your children have difficulty getting started? Sustaining momentum? Do they easily lose sight of the resources at their disposal? Do you? A single skill often separates those who succeed in personal change from those who don’t, and you can teach that skill to your children. Come learn this skill, plus quick pick-me-ups to overcome motivational slumps.

Navigating the “Expert” Minefield
Learning difficulties. Emotional struggles. Behavioral issues. You’ve decided you want help. To whom do you turn? Do you know how to identify some experts’ hollow diagnoses? (There’s a simple trick.) Can you spot attempts to usurp your authority, to perform unnecessary procedures, or to keep you dependent on inefficient services? Come for insights that may save you thousands; leave with truths that may save your family.

Handwriting: It’s Physical Language!
Handwriting isn’t just for recording our thoughts. In fact, if children were to go directly from  crib to computer, handwriting would still be crucial. If taught as physical  language, handwriting can help children learn to read, pay attention, and understand directions. Poor handwriting instruction can hinder reading, increase attentional problems, and interfere with visual perception. In this session, we’ll explore why handwriting is important and how to teach it well.

Matthew's Achievements

Matthew founded the McNatt Learning Center, Inc., in 2003 to help people improve attention, reduce stress in learning, and discover ease in movement. In presenting, Matthew draws from his own experiences living with and overcoming neurological difficulties, as well as stories of how simple changes can effect profound results.

An educator, HANDLE Practitioner, Interactive Metronome Provider, and Authorized Student Teacher of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, Matthew enjoys helping people to:

  • Shift their attention, so they can make better choices with less effort.
  • Explore timeless truths and personal connection through movement.
  • Implement practices that make learning and living more efficient and sustainable.
  • Appreciate each person's unique beauty and thank God, come what may.
McNatt's Bio
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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with Matthew McNatt and other workshop leaders and speakers. Furthermore, my desire is to help homeschool workshop leaders and speakers develop relationships with more convention planners and audiences. May your efforts be for the glory of Christ and the strengthening of His saints.

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