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Mrs. Judy O'Halloran:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



O'Halloran, Judy

United States of America (US)
Keynote Speaker?
Featured Presentations2013 FPEA Special Needs Struggling Learner Homeschool Conference (2013, FL)
2012 Southeast Homeschool Expo (SE HS Expo) (2012, GA)
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

Reading On the Go Wherever We Go  Part I: P-laying Foundations for Babies and Toddlers (with Marilee Senior)
Sing a song. Read a rhyme. Make the most of baby’s time. Wiggle toes. Float boats in baths. Teaching right along with laughs. Mom and Dad, in family mode, you’ll learn about the reading code. Grandparents too, come right along; it doesn’t take us very long to show you what you do today will have an impact down the way. So sing and say. Swing and sway. Get that foundation underway. Reading is your long-term goal Step forward now. Take center role. Strategies. Resources. Confidence, too. These, and more, we’ll share with you. Participants will learn: How to enhance phonemic awareness in young children, even babies, How to incorporate phonogram ditties into everyday songs and activities, How to use music and play to lay the foundation for reading, How to identify and take advantage of teachable moments on the go wherever they go.

Reading On the Go Wherever We Go Part II: For Parents of Preschool, Emerging and Established Readers (with Marilee Senior)
We wouldn’t leave “f” out of the alphabet. So why don’t we teach “ph” to our preschoolers? Come on an interactive journey through grocery stores, restaurants and playgrounds that will take you beyond the alphabet to the phonograms, the smallest sounds that make up the words we read. Learn how to help your child’s reading through play and real-life activities on the go wherever you go. Topics include teachable moments; learning types; strategies; activities, comprehension and the components of literacy (from phonograms to comprehension). Wordy Worm Reading makes the world your workbook and environmental print your worksheet. Music and visuals make is especially helpful for children with reading challenges and developmental disabilities. Start nOW! Learn hOW. Once you knOW it, you can shOW it.

It's Never Too Early: Teaching Reading for Real World Success
Sometimes we can get bogged down in the "academics" of teaching.  We get focused on the content of curriculum and workbooks.  But when students with cognitive difficulties already have time-consuming and effort-laden challenges, it's more important to look at the big picture, and ask yourself, "What are my hopes and goals for this child when s/he is an adult?"  The answer will drive your focus and help you to pick the important lessons today.

Struggling Readers and Struggling Parents
Learning to read can be stressful for both parent and child.  More often than not, the problem lies in the teaching methodology rather than with the child who is struggling to read.  Many struggling readers are analytical.  The confusing, incomplete and inconsistent manner that traditional reading methods use can be like oil and water for this type of thinker. Finding the best method and teaching to your child’s strengths will build confidence, self-esteem and yield results.

Judy's Achievements
  • Former homeschool mom
  • Former classroom teacher
  • Co-owner at Wordy Worm Reading
O'Halloran's Bio

Judy is the co-developer of Wordy Worm Reading, my contribution embodies the decades of experience and research as a teacher (classroom and homeschool), tutor, volunteer, and parent of a child with special needs. She has published many articles, contrinuted to and co-authored numerous books including Now Why Didn't I Think of That? Practical Pointers from Families of Children with Disabilities.

She has presented workshops in numerous venues including:

Florida Professional Educators Association
Great Southeast Homeschool Convention
South Florida Homeschool Convention
Home Education Resources and Information
Southeast Homeschool Expo
United Methodist Association of Preschools of Florida
National Parent to Parent – Florida and Alaska
National Down Syndrome Convention
Children's Medical Services "Parents as Equal Partners"
workshops for School Districts of Lee, Collier, and Pinellas Counties
Alabama Early Intervention and Preschool Conference
Family Network on Disabilities
Council for Exceptional Students – Division for Early Childhood

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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with Judy O'Halloran 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.

Disclaimer:  Balancing the Sword makes no claims about the speakers' faith, ability, materials, etc.  This speaker profile information is being provided free of charge.  Please click the links and do your own research before issuing an invitation to your conference.  Postings are subject to change.


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