Speaking Engagements with Shawna Wingert

When I was in first grade, my teacher called me “chatty fox”.

She wasn’t wrong. I am a chatty fox. In fact, I write only because at heart, I am a speaker.

I am typically available for small groups, church events, and conferences and will happily provide samples of my work and excellent references from past events.

Speaker Bio:

Shawna Wingert is a grateful wife, a homeschooling momma, an accidental writer, and a passionate speaker. After attending a university teaching program, with an emphasis in Special Education, she began working as a training and development consultant for companies looking to increase productivity while focusing on employee’s strengths and talents.

When her oldest son was in second grade, it became clear that homeschooling was the best option for her family. A year later, he was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism and Generalized Anxiety Disorder, just as she learned that her youngest son was profoundly dyslexic. Both of her sons have genius level IQ’s, but substantial learning differences and delays.

She shares how God continues to bind her wandering heart to Him in her blog, Not The Former Things. She is regularly featured at Simple Homeschool, The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Mom Central. She has also had the pleasure of participating in special needs discussions at and Autism Speaks.

She is the author of Everyday Autism, and is currently working on her next book, Special Education at Home.

Sample Workshops and Bible Studies:

Fear vs. Faith In Motherhood

Our Scars Tell His Story

Out Of The Box Learning For Out Of The Box Learners

Embracing The Child We Have Been Given: Expectations vs. Reality and How God Uses it All

Please contact us at for more information.

Email Shawna : 

I would love to hear from you!

Please contact me. Email me directly at I would love to hear your story, your ideas, your concerns, and your crazy examples of how life just keeps on keepin’ on.

Guest Posts :

Not The Former Things is currently accepting guest posts on a limited basis. If you have a story to tell, and desire to encourage other families, please contact me directly via email at


Advertising :

If you are interested in advertising here on Not The Former Things, please email your proposal to Advertising is something we do on a very limited basis, and only for products/businesses that are relevant to our readers’ lives.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and thank you so much for being here!

9 thoughts on “Connect

  1. Have you tried making info available to help others understand (even just a little bit). When you can,t see a disability, it is harder to understand. Some may never understand but even if some do, it is a start and possible support for you.
    You may have already done this. I pray that God will give you courage and comfort as you care for this child that He has entrusted to you. God bless.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Liz. I am trying to get as much information as I possibly can out through this blog and it’s FB page – it’s important both for families who are in similar circumstances to not feel alone, and for generous hearts like yours to have the information they need to help.
      Thank you for your prayer and your kind words.

  2. Hi Shawna,
    As you know…I love and admire you and all those parents of those who are “different”

    I had to share with you, I met a new friend for lunch. We share a passion for a certain breed of dog….but that’s not important (other than it brought us together) she was talking about celebrating her stepsons birthday. He turned 18, she arranged dinner, cupcakes and a movie with a friend who is also Autistic. Both boys enjoyed the night. Her stepson said he was going to MARRY the cupcake. (she got 6-all different kinds) when it was time for her son’s buddy to go home, she explained the concept of a “party favor”, which was to be one of the two reaming cupcake……well, I automatically thought, I would have cut them in half….she reminded me that he was so fond of the cupcakes that he might not think that was okay….makes perfect sense….looking at it from his view….he is so lucky to have her….and I think I found a great new friend for many reasons.

    Keep up the great work!


  3. I just found your blog via the NM Autism Society. Your Sourdough sounds just like my 11 year old. My Bacon is a 9 year old girl….but goes through the same issues of having a HFASD brother (the car singing….roflmao!! we have the same problem!) I was just curious….your Sourdough looks like a big kid, and I am noticing a physical body type among ASD boys (mostly)–tall, barrel chested, overweight. I am wondering the more I see this, what is the correlation between this body type and ASD in boys. (mine is 5’8 at 11, BTW–size 14 shoe) Thoughts?

  4. Shawna, I initially responded to Jeanette on your post: post traumatic stress and would like to directly ask you for your input .. thank you from my weary, blessed heart 🙂 Elizabeth I have been so very blessed to receive notices on this post (love this blog thank you – it is truly a gift!) for months .. and I must say that I have yet to find anywhere (online) yet such a profound empathetic beautiful group of mama/parent-souls gathering in support of such a deep level. I can only wonder if there is a way to coordinate some of us (website blogger mama ? hint hint <3 ) to gather on a deeper level as a group in a private community board and even better by location geographically! I have slowly taken on the "symptoms" of my children over the years and have grown to be very introverted in the physical world. But I would feel blessed by the faery godmother herself to even know ONE mama with similar shoes that we could chat here and there .. get the kids together two or three at a time (that is all my very sensitives could handle I think – we homeschool due to very high sensory processing issues) .. any thoughts? NAMASTE ~~ again such deep gratitude <3

  5. Hi Shawna,
    I just listening to your story through the SPD zone video. Thank you for sharing it with me. I was just wondering what the developmental pedestrian did for you. We don’t have one and I’m not sure if I should find one for my son. I know he has sensory processing. Thank you!

    1. She is the one who gave us the diagnosis itself, and has been instrumental in helping us find resources (like OT and Social Skills). She also prescribes my son’s anxiety medications.
      A developmental pediatrician helps to determine what is SPD and what could potentially be another condition. Ours has been a GOdsend!!!

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