School Struggles Summit

Top Insights & Strategies to Help Struggling Learners Inside and Outside the Classroom

Twenty-four of the world’s learning, education, ADHD, and autism experts  have come together in one conference to share the evidence-based knowledge, tools, and strategies that help struggling learners succeed and shine.

Get a multi-Use license for educators, clinicians, therapists, and non-profit organizations to train the staff and families you serve on school struggles.

Ready to transform your struggling students' school and learning experiences and help them thrive?


Get tools, strategies, and insights that will help you:

🎯 make changes for your entire classroom that help struggling learners but benefit all students to save you time

🎯 foster an inclusive and just classroom where all students have an opportunity to learn and succeed

🎯 help you understand the needs of students who are highly intelligent but struggle with school and learning

🎯 help students struggling with reading, writing, math, executive functioning, ADHD, and/or autism

🎯 recognize behavior as a stress response and a signal that the student needs your help to address learning and behavior struggles with dignity and respect

🎯 manage classroom behavior with science-backed strategies that are also compassionate and effective (more than PBS) 

🎯 co-regulate with your students instead of co-escalate

🎯 shift from a compliance model to a humanistic model focused on connection, regulation, and collaboration 

🎯 prioritize the mental and emotional health of all students, and their educators

Get tools, strategies, and insights that will:

🎯 reduce homework battles and disruptive behavior triggered by school and schoolwork

🎯 help a kid re-engage who has shut down or given up on school

🎯 help reduce the impact of reading, writing, and math challenges, like dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia

🎯 help your kid overcome executive functioning challenges to manage the processes required to get things done

🎯 get the services and accommodations your child needs, deserves, and has a legal right to

🎯 ensure that school struggles don’t negatively impact your child’s mental health and your relationship with them

🎯 recognize behavior as a stress response and a signal that your child needs your help to eliminate common stressors around school and learning

🎯 take care of yourself too, given the stress school struggles cause for parents and families too

Kim Lewis
Kim Lewis
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“The [sessions] reaffirmed my current practices and approach and gave me some great mantras. My favorite from Penny was "You can either co-escalate or co-regulate" Total game changer.”
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“Many educators I work with have an old-school approach where the child needs to conform to the rules in the classroom. I am realizing more and more that when students don’t comply, it isn’t because they won’t, it’s because they can’t.”
Tracy T.
Tracy T.
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“As I listened to the teachings, although the focus might have been different in each one, consistently hearing over and over again that kids need to feel safe, free from pressure, connected, and empowered, then they can move forward, was very impactful to me. It was also so validating to hear I am not alone struggling with my child and my ability to co-regulate (vs. co-escalate).”
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“Very helpful and informative. I’ve already seen results in shifting my own mindset.”
Crystal G
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"I have watched a lot of these types of summits recently and this has been the best. I am surprised by that and I want to sincerely thank you for that. You quietly and honestly asked the best questions and did so while sharing your own personal experiences in a very real and relatable way. You sought out a wide variety of speakers who answered questions I didn’t even know to ask.”
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"These expert sessions really helped me to understand my kids on a level I didn't think possible.”
Jennifer B.
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“I’m drinking from a fire hose following my daughter’s diagnosis last month and found your summit — your content and expertise is 100% top notch! This Summit has shaped the new normal of our parenting style and enabled us to have the tools, resources and experts to effectively raise up our kiddos, instead of just raise them.”
Adam C.
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“The information is helpful in a real-world way. It's not just concepts that are covered, but how to apply those concepts in real-life ways to help make things a bit easier for us and our kids.”
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“You only gain so much information from the doctor. The topics during the summit went into much more details and gave information not given by the doctor. It was a great benefit to have access to so many different professionals and experts in one place.”
Jennielle Potter
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"The 2020 Summit has been a great blessing to our family. I am walking away feeling inspired to try new things and prepared with knowledge and advice from leading experts in their fields. I could not recommend this more to parents whose child has been newly diagnosed or one who has been on this journey for years. I feel like everyone can glean something valuable from this Summit. Highly recommend!“
Kate Andrews
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"I don't think I've spoken to anyone I know this week without singing the praises of the speakers! I love seeing Sarah and Penny there every time to relate the expert's knowledge to their own experiences with their children.”

The Experts

What You'll Learn

Join us on a journey of discovery where parents and educators will grow to understand the hurdles that block some kids' learning and school success and how to overcome them. My goal is to empower you by providing the evidence-based information, support, strategies, and community you need to help struggling learners thrive.

Here's what's inside:

Specific Learning Disabilities and Academics

Learn how to spot a kid who may be struggling with specific learning disabilities — like dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscaculia — and how to help those who are struggling with reading, writing, and math, as well as ADHD, autism, and/or executive functioning.

The Impact of Social Emotional Wellbeing on Learning & Behavior

If kids are flooded with emotions, struggling with peers, or just not feeling safe at school, their thinking brains are offline and they aren't available to learn. You'll learn how to ensure that kids feel safe at school and at home so their thinking brains are online and they're available to learn.

Creating Opportunities for ND Kids to Achieve Success

When a child or teen learns differently than the educational system teaches, they have little if any opportunity to succeed. That negatively impacts their self-esteem, confidence, and sense of competence (and, eventually, their mental health). Learn how to create opportunities for neurodivergent kids to succeed.

After watching the sessions, parents and educators will know:

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Thank you, thank you, thank you for this summit. It has been SO eye opening. I am seriously in tears because it is the perfect message at the perfect time. I've passed the link on to all of my fellow Autism mom friends. All of your efforts in organizing this are appreciated.
Lynn Davison
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“I'm so grateful to Penny and Sarah for pulling all these autism parenting experts together in one place. NOW I know where to go to research my questions. The speakers are passionate about what they know and they love to share it. Well worth the investment to be able to listen to their presentations on my own time. Thank you both!”
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“I just wanted to reach out to thank you so much for putting together this summit and allowing me to participate as a parent free of charge. I have been finding the sessions so incredibly helpful and encouraging. It's eye opening and educational to understand the world of autism beyond my everyday experiences with my son, but to hear beyond from experts I wouldn't ordinarily hear from, helps me help my son. Thank you.”
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“I have a renewed sense of hope for the future and a ton of new tricks in my bag! I could never have found all of these resources on my own in a lifetime, and you gave them to me in a week.”
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“The Summit is a gold mine of information. Every parent of a special needs child needs to listen to it. Amazing!"
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“Not only do I feel empowered with knowledge, but also understanding that my son is who he is supposed to be. I'm grateful and proud, more than anything, I'm at peace."
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I don't usually purchase summits, but I did with this one. Every talk was relevant, had lightbulb moments and full of practical advice.

The Lineup

Specific Learning Disabilities & Academics

Identifying Specific Learning Disabilities

Natasha C. Gray, M.Ed. —Learning Disabilities Specialist & Founder of Spark Learning

Helping Students Who Struggle with Reading

Emily Fogg — Teacher & Founder of Wise Owl Tuition

Impact Formula: How to Help Students Struggling in Math and Writing

Cheri Dotterer, MS, OTR/L — Occupational Therapist, Dysgraphia Expert & Author of Handwriting Brain-Body DisConnect & Jonily Zupancic —Mathematics Assessment, Instruction and Intervention Expert & Author of “Making Mathineers”

Helping Kids with Dysgraphia and Writing Struggles

Jennifer C. King, Ph.D. —President and Founder of Dysgraphia Life, Expert Speaker & Research Scientist

A Roadmap for Effective Studying

Leslie JoselADHD-Academic and Parenting Coach, Founder of Order Out of Chaos

Supporting Students with ADHD or Autism at School

Sarah Wayland, Ph.D. —Special Needs Navigator and RDI Consultant

Differentiating Instruction for All Learners

Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., MS — Producer and Host of the ADHD Essentials Podcast, Internationally Recognized ADHD/Executive Function Expert

Understanding Your Student’s Asynchronous Brain

Seth Perler, M.Ed. — Renegade Teacher Turned Executive Function, ADHD & 2e Coach

The Impact of Social Emotional Wellbeing on Learning & Behavior

Connection Over Correction

Chazz Lewis, aka, Mr. Chazz —Consultant, Parent Coach, Conscious Discipline Practitioner & Podcaster

What to Do When Mistakes Overwhelm Neurodivergent Kids

Emily King, Ph.D. — Licensed Psychologist and Heath Service Provider

How to Help Neurodivergent Learners Feel Confident and Competent

Emily Kircher-Morris, M.A., M.Ed., LPC — Mental Health Counselor & Host of The Neurodiversity Podcast

Nurturing Emotional Health and Happiness

Brittany Cephas, LCPC, NCC —Licensed Pediatric Psychotherapist

What Really Motivates Kids (Hint: It Isn’t Always Rewards)

Katie Plunkett, M.A.T. — Teacher & Founder of The Calm Classroom

Integrating Play in Learning

Greg Santucci, OTR/L, — Pediatric OT, Founding Director of Power Play Pediatric & Creator of the Model of Child Engagement

Regulation is the Foundation of Learning

Elizabeth Sautter, MA, CCC-SLP —Licensed Speech Language Pathologist & Author of “Make Social & Emotional Learning Stick”

School Avoidance & Refusal

Dayna Abraham — Founder of the Calm the Chaos® Framework, Author of “The Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day”

Creating Opportunities for ND Kids to Achieve Success

How to Apply a Low-Demand Approach to School (A High-Demand System)

Amanda Diekman — Parent Coach & Author of “Low Demand Parenting”

What to Do When Smart Kids Struggle in School

Penny Williams with Luke Williams — Parenting Coach for Neurodiverse Families, Co-Creator of The Behavior Revolution Program, Author & Host of Beautifully Complex Podcast

Structuring Homework Time for Success

Stephanie Pitts, M.Ed, BCET & Rachel Kapp, M.A., BCETBoard Certified Educations Therapists & Hosts of the Learn Smarter Podcast

Flexible Structure for Getting Schoolwork Done

Diane Dempster, CPC, PCC, MHSA & Elaine Taylor-Klaus, CPCC, MCC — Parent Coaches and Founders of ImpactParents

Systems, Tools & Strategies to Help Students Manage Getting Things Done

Franki Bagdade, M.Ed, LLMSW — Clinical Social Worker & School and Camp Consultant Specializing in Neurodivergence

Securing Services & Accommodations for Neurodivergent Kids

Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed —Founder of the Master IEP Coach® Mentorship and Network, Creator of the IEP Development Assessment Wheel™ & Host of the Special Education Inner Circle Podcast

Crafting a Vision: Supporting Long-Term Goals and Inclusion in Education

Beth Liesenfeld, MOT, OTR/L — Occupational Therapist & Founder of the IEP Lab

How to Talk to Kids so They Feel Seen, Heard and Respected

Debbie Reber, M.A. — Founder of TiLT Parenting, Podcast Host, Speaker & Author of “Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World”

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Multi-Use license for educators, clinicians, therapists, and non-profit organizations.

With the Professional Access Multi-use License you get:

  • Unlimited access to all 2023 School Struggles Summit sessions to share within your school, non-profit, or practice (for organizations with 1-3 locations — if you have more offices or locations, email us.)
  • Downloadable video and audio versions of all expert sessions
  • The Empowerment Workbook to use with the parents and educators that you serve

* This license prohibits the resale of any and all materials contained therein. 

How the Pro License Works and Answers to Other Questions

You will receive one login to the hub that can be shared, or you can download the videos for sharing within your organization. We recommend hosting downloaded files in a shared internal space — like Google Drive or Dropbox — and sharing access to that folder. You will also have instructions on loading the sessions as a podcast.

This license affords you permanent, on-demand access. 

You are not permitted to broadcast sessions to the public or resale any of the content. HOWEVER, you can host meetings where the sessions are watched together, even with the families you serve, not just your staff.

The system will need to track the watch history of anyone wanting to get a certificate of completion to apply for continuing ed credits. If you have anyone on staff who wants to take advantage of this option, you’ll need to email us to set up a separate login for them so their completion of videos can be tracked.

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“I learned so much valuable information from this Summit. But the most important is that I’m not alone! I’m a special educator, and I learned specific tips to use with not just my son, but also my students!”
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“Just wanted to say that I attend about 10 online summits each year, and I really love how yours is organized. It is so easy to access and navigate. Plus: great speakers.”
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“Thank you for all that you do! This is one of the best summits out there.”
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“This was the type of training that I have been looking for since my children were diagnosed. So helpful to know about the challenges that others have gone through and the options available out there for me as a parent to prepare my kids for the future, in school, work, and social development."
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“For me, I'm so motivated to review the ways and which our little team could do better, feel better. I'm motivated around revisiting our sensory strategies and executive function training and support. And I feel super supported right now, which I totally needed. <3 Thanks for all you do.”

I'm your host, Penny Williams!

A parenting coach and educational consultant, I teach stuck and struggling parents and educators how to dial down the chaos and intensity and help their neurodivergent kid/student shine.

I believe…

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