Diane Geerlinks is passionate about helping kids learn, developing their strengths and improving their weaknesses. She has worked in the field of education for the past 35 years, teaching children of all ages and abilities in group settings and one-on-one. As a homeschool mom for 23 years, she understands the challenges that face homeschool parents. In 2009, Diane trained as an NILD Educational Therapist and has since continued to pursue her passion for learning with particular focus on the neuroplasticity of the brain and how we can improve our capacity for learning at any age. She operates GeerLINKS Educational Therapy and is Marketing Director for NILD Canada.
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2021 CONFERENCE SESSION

SESSION: DYSLEXIA DEMYSTIFIED

Latest research has revealed that dyslexia affects 1 in 5 students. It can be a hidden disability although some have referred to it as a gift. Do all kids learn how to read at the same rate? Why is it easy for some and harder for others? How do I know if my child has dyslexia? You’ve heard many people say, “Don’t worry, they’ll catch up”. In this workshop, Diane will help de-mystify these questions and encourage you on the journey!

SESSION DATE: FEB 6. 

PAST CONFERENCE SESSIONS

CANHSCON2018

SESSION: LAZINESS, LATE BLOOMER, OR LEARNING DISABILITY?

You decided to homeschool your child. The curriculum is bought, the lessons are planned, the school room is ready, and you are filled with excitement. And then…. instead of peace and harmony, you feel like you’re in a battle with your child. Is he just being stubborn? Is this a battle of the wills? You’ve heard many people say, “Don’t worry, they’ll catch up”. But, you are the parent and you wonder…will this really change? In this workshop, Diane will help de-mystify these questions and share strategies to help launch your struggling learner on the road to success. There is HOPE!

CANHSCON2020

SESSION: WHY HOMESCHOOLING A CHILD WITH UNIQUE NEEDS IS A GREAT CHOICE

Are you trying to homeschool a child that doesn’t fit the mold? Every child is unique, but some have needs that require more intervention. The labels range from Autism to Down's Syndrome, from ADHD to Vision Impairment to Auditory Processing Disorder. Is it really possible to teach your own child in all of these situations? In this workshop, we will discuss the pros and cons, hear each other’s real-life stories, share available resources and receive some much-needed encouragement for the journey!

CANHSCON2020

SESSION: BETTER LATE THAN EARLY OR EARLY THAN LATE?

All children learn and grow at their pace...from rolling over as infants to crawling, to talking, to toilet training, to learning the alphabet. Homeschool parents are told over and over again ‘Don’t worry…they’ll catch on eventually’. Although this is somewhat reassuring for a homeschool mom who has tried everything to get their child to read, she wonders, "Is it fact? Do I dare wait?"  In this workshop, Diane, veteran homeschool mom and trained educational therapist, will debunk some myths, discuss some red flags and offer some tips and encouragement for the journey. 

CANHSCON2020

SESSION: Rx'S FOR THE 3R's

Some of our students just need a boost to give them the competence and confidence they need to get caught up to their peers. In this workshop, we will demonstrate and discover new concepts using the Socratic method of questioning and mediation. This workshop will introduce the benefits of our prescriptive (Rx) programs for Reading, ‘Riting & ‘Rithemtic. Rx 4 Math helps students build and strengthen their number sense, math vocabulary, and problem-solving strategies. Rx for Reading builds and strengthens the 5 pillars of language into a language brain. Rx for Writing builds and strengthens grammar and writing mechanics.