SYT Parent Membership Community
where parents supporting children with ADHD, Dyslexia, Anxiety and other learning differences get the support THEY need from a community THAT GETS IT!
So What IS the SYT Parent Membership Community?
It’s an online community for parents supporting their incredible children that learn differently. We open our doors a few times a year so we can really support our members and provide them with awesome monthly content and live calls.
You can think of it as… your one-stop shop for connecting, inspiring, and learning with our streamlined trainings and calls to help YOU support your child through their learning difference journey.
It’s a place to keep you focused on what area needs your attention and working towards your child’s ability to thrive at life (without needing to scan the internet for the next right step or spend hundreds on different resources).
ACCESS ONLINE TRAININGS
You’ll have 24/7 access to online video and audio trainings in our member’s library to deepen your understanding of your child.
LEARN FROM GUEST EXPERTS
You’ll learn from guest experts every month to help your child thrive with a holistic and integrated approach.
GET PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK
You’ll get personalized feedback on our monthly Q & A calls and in our members-only online community.
DISCOVER NEW STRATEGIES
You’ll discover new strategies for supporting your child, so you can get everyone on the same page.
BECOME A PART OF GLOBAL PARENT COMMUNITY
You’ll be part of a global parent community that’s shifting the way the world sees learning differences.
Let’s face it. Parenting is hard enough. But parenting a child with
The struggle is real!
Struggle #1: Nutritionists, Psychologists & Social Workers, oh my!
You’ve tried everything to help your child regulate their emotions and accommodate their learning challenges: dietary modifications, medications, supplements, occupational therapy and IEPs. But sometimes, you feel like you get stuck in this rut of trying to “fix” your kid or handle everything the “right” way. You’re a parent who’s just trying to understand, learn, and do what’s best for your child so they can succeed.
In the SYT Parent Community: We see the child behind the diagnosis, just like you.
We know it’s not easy to live up to expectations when few understand your daily parenting challenges. Our mission is to support you in celebrating your child’s neurodiversity and nurturing their abilities, so you can help them explore their incredible potential and build their self-esteem. By staying open to new ways of relating to your kid and being gentle with yourself in the process, you’ll be able to feel like you’re on the same team again and thrive as a family.
Struggle #2: You receive a lot of advice that makes you doubt your choices.
You’re tired of hearing that your child’s challenges are just a phase that’ll pass. Or being told that you need to “be firmer” when they act out like you should discipline their “quirky” away. Not to mention, the pushback you get from other parents and educators who think accommodating your child’s learning challenges with technology is “cheating”. With so many opinions in the pressure pot, it makes you wonder if you’re really making the right choices for your child.
In the SYT Parent Community: We acknowledge and respect that YOU know your kid best.
When you’re well-informed and have the right tools, you can communicate confidently with teachers, tutors, doctors, and other family members who need to be on the same page. You can help them understand how to accommodate your child’s needs instead of demanding that they learn the standardized way. The best part? When you become an advocate for your child, they’ll learn how to use their voice and be their own advocate when navigating a school system that often misunderstands them.
Struggle #3: Information overload has got you stuck and overwhelmed.
Some of us have a family history of learning challenges, so we aren’t surprised when our child’s assessment results come in. Some of us are blindsided when there isn’t a family history to make sense of it. But our response is always to educate ourselves, so we can educate our child and support them the way only a parent can. Books, podcasts, doctors, summits, you name it. The problem is, it isn’t always easy to separate the helpful from the “noise”.
In the SYT Parent Community: We bring trustworthy experts and curated research to YOU.
Why waste time or energy sifting through 670,890 Google results on your own? Access in-depth video and audio trainings in our 24/7 Member’s Library. Every month, a qualified expert takes us deep into their topic of expertise, so we can implement what we learn with our children. Plus, get an opportunity to participate in goal planning workshops and live coaching calls that give you that extra level of personalized support you crave.
Help Your Child Thrive and Find Peace and Joy in Parenting Again
We created the SYT Parent Membership Community
BECAUSE WE’RE TIRED OF CHILDREN BEING LABELED WITH A D: DISORDER, DEFICIT, DYSREGULATION, DISABILITY.
We only use one D word to describe these sensitive-souled, neurodiverse and creatively gifted kids we love: different (in an amazing, world-changing kind of way).
Did you know that according to the latest State of Learning Disabilities report by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, 1 in 5 children in the U.S. has a learning challenge or attention issues like dyslexia and ADHD?
Or that according to Statistics Canada, between 2001 and 2006, learning challenges among Canadians aged 15 and over increased by almost 40%?
If your child struggles in school, it doesn’t mean they aren’t smart. It just means that they learn differently.
But despite the fact that these stats prove different is becoming the new normal, many of our children are still misunderstood and never celebrated for who they are.
As parents, we struggle to find the right support systems to help them thrive, all the while feeling alone in our daily challenges and unsure of how to cope with the stresses of parenting a child who doesn’t fit into the “normal” box.
This is where the SYT Parent Membership Community can help.
5 Benefits of Being a SYT Parent Community Member:
Meet Your Community Leaders, Susan & Sperry
Hi, I’m Susan Schenk
Co-Founder of Shift Your Thinking LD, CEO of Technology & Tools for Kids, Author of Beyond Ok: From Invisible to Invincible
As an Occupational Therapist who worked in the school setting for 20+ years, I found that parents and professionals still struggled to understand children with learning differences.
They’d resort to traditional methods and tools that caused learning gaps and a loss of self-esteem. And I could see what was happening because I had been one of these kids.
The demands to sit and listen, to learn a specific way, to remember what I learned in class...it frustrated me. And if I did work up the courage to ask for help, I was usually told to get back to work or that I should have been listening better.
Soon my anxiety and fear of failure paused my progress. I became invisible to avoid being asked to read out loud or answer questions in class. When I was
forced to complete an assignment I didn’t understand, I’d write down random answers or copy a friend’s work, just so I could feel the same as everyone else and survive.
Back then my status quo was “fight or flight” mode. From the moment I woke up until I stepped off the bus at the end of the day, I felt sick, tired and dizzy because of the pressure to perform at school.
It wasn’t until I removed the shame and limitations and replaced them with hope and abilities that things changed for me. And as a result, I was able to offer this shift in perspective and approach to my children, so they could learn their way and be their own advocates.
Learning differences allow children to think outside the box and move from ordinary to extraordinary thinking, but this potential is lost when we place kids that learn differently in a box.
So, I stepped out to start my own business Technology & Tools for Kids and wrote the book Beyond Ok: From Invisible to Invincible to document my story in hopes that my story and message would show other parents and children with learning differences that they’re not alone in their journey.
This journey led to our Shift Your Thinking LD Summit and here to our Parent Membership Community.
Hi, I’m Sperry Bilyea
Co-Founder of Shift Your Thinking LD, CEO of Thrive by Design
I have three awesome kids who all have a diagnosis of some kind (LD, ADHD, GAD) including me, their mom! They’re creative, quirky, funny...and I wouldn’t have them any other way.
But because they didn’t fit the school system, not only did their confidence plummet — so did mine. I felt like I was failing them as a mother. The angry outbursts, dark thoughts, substitute teacher escapades and medication trials overwhelmed me.
I was an emotional wreck, riding a roller coaster of shame, guilt, sadness,
loneliness, anger, confusion and embarrassment. I knew I needed support, but I didn’t even know where to start.
I tried everything from traditional to alternative medical experts...social workers, nutritionists and meditation practices.
And it wasn’t until I found Susan Schenk that I got the answers I was searching for and the support I was desperate for.
Once I experienced Susan’s coaching, I realized the thing I had to change most was my perspective. I came to understand and appreciate my children’s differences. I found tools, strategies and approaches to fit them instead of fix them. And after learning calm ways to connect with my kids, I rediscovered joy in parenting again.
I brought my networking and conference skills forward to help create the Shift Your Thinking LD Summit. From there, Susan and I continue to serve and support parents as we head into our 4th Summit and this new Parent Membership Community.
SYT PARENT MEMBERSHIP COMMUNITY…
is for you if you have a child with learning differences and want to:
FIND EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO SUPPORT AND RELATE TO YOUR CHILD AT HOME before integrating these into the school setting where you have less control
GET CLARITY ON YOUR CHILD'S KEY CHALLENGES, so you can collaborate with teachers and determine what accommodations or modifications are needed and why
HELP YOUR CHILD MAKE PROGRESS FASTER BY FOCUSING ON THEIR STRENGTHS while still making time to work on learning challenges
DIRECT OTHER PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN YOUR CHILD'S PROGRESS, so your child’s needs are accommodated without watering down their learning experience
HELP YOUR CHILD DISCOVER THEIR OWN LEARNING STYLE, so they feel more confident speaking up about their needs
TAKE A HOLISTIC AND INTEGRATIVE APPROACH that also addresses the emotional and physical health of your child, because you understand the essential role these play in their learning
TEACH YOUR CHILD HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR THEIR OWN LEARNING NEEDS as they head into high school and beyond
BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING, WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THIS IS A SAFE SPACE TO SHARE THE REALITY OF WHAT IT’S LIKE PARENTING A CHILD WHO IS BEAUTIFULLY COMPLEX...
WE know what it’s like through awkward parent-teacher meetings.
To put yourself on a guilt trip when you lose your cool after the nightly “I can’t” homework battle. Or how hard it is to sit back and let your child advocate for themselves while navigating high school accommodations without stepping in.
We also know how much the little wins matter, like hearing your kid’s happy sounds when they’re (finally!) enjoying a playdate with a new friend or they come home excited about what they learned in school that day.
Even if you feel like you’re alone some days, we’re here to remind you that you’re not.
Here’s what you get when you join…
NEW TRAINING BUNDLES EVERY MONTH
Every month, enjoy new training bundles from leading guest experts, and discover new strategies for supporting your child’s learning and well-being.
24/7 ACCESS TO OUR ONLINE MEMBER’S TRAINING LIBRARY
Deepen your knowledge with in-depth online video and audio trainings, past call and workshop recordings, plus bonus parent resources and guides that you can access anytime, anywhere.
MONTHLY EXPERT Q & A CALLS
Ask us or a guest expert your burning Qs, get the personalized feedback you need, and troubleshoot ongoing daily challenges with people who understand you.
MONTHLY PLANNING CALLS
Every month, set goals and map out a plan to help your child progress in the home and classroom setting, so you can set them up to succeed and teach them how to become their own advocate.
MEMBERS-ONLY FACEBOOK COMMUNITY
If you need to vent, ask for recommendations, or get help problem-solving a parenting challenge, our collective wisdom and experiences are a good place to start.
Get Instant Access to Trainings Today!
WHEN YOU JOIN TODAY, YOU’LL HAVE ACCESS TO THESE TRAININGS RIGHT AWAY!
Spend 4 days the first week working with Susan Schenk.
You will work through these four steps:
Stop the Overwhelm
Review and Reflect
Get the Details
Plan + Action
UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHILD
Figure out your child’s triggers. What they need and how to valid their feelings and thoughts..and more.
Penny Williams offers valuable content to help parents move through their experiences as a parent and get clear on what triggers their child’s behaviour and how to support them.
Her Q + A call can be replayed by video.
Figure out what your child knows when it comes to learning ‘Big’ and ‘Little’ letters. You will start to see how you can help them learn in a way that fits them.
You will do this through an Almost and Awesome game and through the use of apps to make learning letters fun and easy. You will also learn how to help your child learn their name using paper tools and apps. It’s just the start to helping kids learn their way.
Plus new training bundles added every month!
Anger and ADHD -what can you do?
Understanding Accommodations and What they Mean
Building Your Child’s Self Esteem
How to Use Technology to Help your Child not Frustrate Them
Managing Anxiety in Children with Learning Differences
+ MANY MORE
Let Us Support You the Parent as You Support Your Child
So many of us are searching for nonjudgmental support. Craving connection with parents like us who get it.
We read all the books, test different treatment options, get referred to umpteen specialists…
But there’s very little emotional support out there for us, the parents who are trying to support children with learning differences.
So, we built a private membership community where everyone who joined could get the benefits of ongoing support and expert education no matter where they lived — for as little as $14.99/month.
We know that when we accept different ways of learning, we can empower our kids. And as moms and dads, we have a powerful role to play when it comes to empowering our child.
Even though we don’t always feel strong or capable or ready to take on these challenges, it feels a lot easier when you’ve got access to reliable content and a community that gets it.
And that’s exactly why the SYT Parent Community exists.
+ DO YOU HAVE AN ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP?
Not at the moment. Your membership is $14.99/month.
+ CAN I CANCEL AT ANY TIME?
Yes, but we’ll be sad to see you go! If you cancel your membership, you won’t be charged for your next month.
+ IF I CANCEL, CAN I REJOIN?
Technically, yes. (And we’d love to have you back when you’re ready!) But because the SYT Parent Community only opens a few times a year, you’ll have to wait until we’re accepting new members again. Not only that, but the monthly membership fee you got when you joined may not be available anymore when you rejoin. As long as you don’t cancel your membership, even if membership fees go up at a later date, you’ll still pay the same amount as when you joined.
+ WHY ISN’T MEMBERSHIP OPEN YEAR-ROUND?
It’s important to us that we keep our community culture positive, engaged, and closely-knit. When you’re a new member, you get 4 days of our hands-on support to welcome you into our community and help you learn your way around. To preserve the culture of our community, we only open membership doors a few times a year.
+ DO THE MONTHLY TRAINING BUNDLES AND EXPERT TRAININGS COST EXTRA?
Nope! All your member trainings are included in the cost of your membership.
+ WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE IT TO A LIVE TRAINING OR COACHING CALL?
No worries! All of our guest expert trainings and Q + A calls are recorded and accessible in our expert content area, so you can go through the content anytime, anywhere.
+ IS THE ENTIRE MEMBERSHIP EXPERIENCE ONLINE?
Yes! This is an online membership community. Our members can join from all over the world. As long as you have an Internet connection, you can access the members-only community and our expert’s content inside the PMC.
+ DO YOU EVER HOLD IN-PERSON EVENTS?
We do! Our annual Shift Your Thinking LD Summit in Toronto. And if we’re hosting any future live events, our SYT Parent Community will be the first to hear about it!