Stephanie Buckwalter
Speaker, Author, Consultant

Hello, I'm Stephanie. I help parents teach their special needs children independence, productivity and social connection, and achieve better learning outcomes through nurture, nutrition and neurological organization.

Stephanie Buckwalter is a curriculum developer and the creator of the ELARP™ Method of homeschooling for students who are two or more years behind grade level in several core subjects, or simply stuck in perpetual kindergarten. She believes that the first step to homeschooling a special needs child is to assume intelligence. Once you realize there is more going on intellectually than your child can express, it opens up a whole new world of learning.

Her family of five children has done homeschool, private school and public school (including the IEP process). In addition to homeschooling for over 18 years, Stephanie has taught classes locally and online, and helped start a robotics club, a classical education co-op and a special needs homeschool co-op. Her heart is to use her unique experience to help others experience success teaching their unique learners.


Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference, Denver, CO
June 16-19, 2022

  • 5 Make or Break Issues Encountered when Homeschooling a Special Needs Child
  • Teaching Your Special Needs Child with an Eye on the Future
  • Focusing on the 3 Ns for Better Homeschool Outcomes

Second Homeschooling Special Needs Online Conference
May 21, 2022

  • How Do I Choose the Right Curriculum?
  • Teacher Prep for Special Needs and Struggling Learners
  • Context-Based Learning for the Win!

Homeschooling Special Needs Online Conference
July 21, 2020

  • Teaching Life Skills
  • What Therapy Should I Do with My Child?
  • Incorporating Therapy into Your Homeschool


SPED Homeschool's Empowering Homeschool Conversations podcast, with Peggy Ployhar

  • Homeschool Teacher Prep for the Special Needs Child, August 2, 2022
  • Home Educating a Student with an Intellectual Disability, February 8, 2022
  • Organizing Your Homeschool for Success, March 2, 2021

Alternatives to Special Needs Public Education, Panel Discussion, (homeschool options), Solving the educational problems for special needs families with Jane Brobbey

Stephanie has spent over a decade researching and learning, then fine-tuning her methods. Her training and major influences are listed below. Each of these people or programs caused a paradigm shift in thinking when it comes to how special needs children learn and how to make learning more accessible.


Major Influences:

  • Laurie Chuba, OTL/R of Learning Integrations (music listening therapy and the brain)
  • Speech E-Z program by Lynn Carahaly, including 2-week intensive therapy at her clinic
  • Teaching a Child with Special Needs at Home and at School and other books, Judi Munday
  • Soma Rapid Prompting Method, Soma Mukhopadhyay
  • Ido in Autismland, Ido Kedar
  • Simply Classical, Cheryl Swope
  • The Well-Trained Mind, Susan Wise Bauer


SPED Homeshcool, Team Consultant
Silver Sponsor (Tier 3)

Board of Directors, Secretary
Technology Committee Chair

To contact Stephanie for an interview or to speak at your event,