Homeschooling & Mental Wellness
Mary Herrington, and her daughter Lyz, talk about their real-life journey of homeschooling with a teen who suffers from bipolar, anxiety and depression. Mary wrote a book that focuses on achieving mental wellness, From Stressed to Best, which is a best seller on Amazon and was also reviewed by Pat Feranga on www.johnholtgws.com. The talk covers important topics most are uncomfortable discussing: bullying, suicide attempts, anorexia, and self-harm. This talk is not appropriate for young children, but teens and parents will benefit from the real-life, in-depth discussion.
Success with Triple LD and Vision Disorder
Sara, age 10, suffers from dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and a severe vision disorder which includes a collapsed field of vision and double vision. She has always been homeschooled. Mary has found ways around these challenges to ensure Sara’s love of learning was never compromised. In one year alone, Sara went from being tested at a 3rd grade level and scoring 42% to being tested at a 5th grade level and scoring 90% on the standardized test! Learning to work with what a child’s strength is just as important, if not more so, than knowing their weaknesses.
Mary travels across the United States, often with her daughter Lyz, speaking at different homeschooling conferences with the goal of educating and enlightening teens and their parents to the reality of the damage bullying does, especially with a child who suffers from anxiety and/or depression. Their story is one of heartbreak and triumph.