National Speaker & Award Winning Author

Known as an “inspiring and practical” speaker, Natalie is intent on firing up her audience with a “can do” attitude, and then giving them the tools to immediately put into practice what they’ve learned. Her belief that children, teens, or adults with Down syndrome can learn is contagious, especially when best practices are outlined and best resources given.

Natalie began speaking on reading to Down syndrome parent groups in 1992 out of astonishment and passion. Astonishment that parents and educators didn’t already have the information they needed to teach reading easily to children with Down syndrome, and passion for both reading and teaching.

National Conference Invitations
As Natalie’s popularity grew, she was invited to speak to small and large groups across the country, which included invitations to speak at conferences of the National Down Syndrome Congress, the National Association for Down Syndrome, the National Down Syndrome Society, and the International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association.

Of all the sessions I attended at our National Conference, yours was my favorite. I was able to go home and put some of your ideas to work right away.” -J.T., Oklahoma

In addition to teaching in the Los Angeles area, Natalie continues to travel and speak to organizations across the country, from Michigan to Louisiana, from California to New York. To learn about upcoming workshops and events, check Natalie’s blog. If you don’t see your organization’s location listed there, talk to you group about bringing Natalie to teach your parents and educators what they need to know to succeed at this vital task!


Natalie offers two primary topics that can be customized for your group.

“Meet Their Need and They Will Read”

Working from the methodology of “go in through the heart and teach to the brain,” Natalie customizes this topic for educators, administrators, parents and others.

“Down Syndrome Parenting 101: Must-Have Advice for Making Your Life Easier”

Parenting from toddlerhood through adult independent living, with a focus on noncompliance, based on her award-winning book, “Down Syndrome Parenting 101: Must-Have Advice for Making Your Life Easier”

For additional information on speaking arrangements,

write or call (408) 438-3268.

Praise for Natalie’s Workshops and Presentations

“After no significant success with other programs for my son with Down syndrome, my ‘last ditch’ was to attend Natalie Hale’s workshop hosted by the Down Syndrome Connection. Three small tips made a world of difference, and after two weeks, Liam began to read. And I mean REALLY read!

I would like to say a big thank you to Natalie Hale for helping me discover the keys to unlocking Liam’s ability to learn to read.”

 -L.H., California

We feel so grateful to you…your seminar was so inspiring! My son (6, Down syndrome) is reading better every day. He started Kindergarten today and had a wonderful day. His teachers were so happy with him! Thank you again!! Your work is so important–and you have given us so much hope. My son’s eyes light up when he reads…he is so proud! Thank you!”

 -M.R., Rhode Island

“My kids (K through 2nd) are learning so much faster now. I had kids I had almost given up on for learning sight words. It just wasn’t sinking in, after a year and a half of trying to teach them any sight words. After attending your workshop, I made the flash cards large, in red, flashed them quickly like you showed us, and used your program. In a month and a half, every one of the kids learned 15 sight words. It’s amazing. This is an incredible, incredible program.”

 -L.L., Special Educator, Oklahoma

“Your presentation in Allentown was wonderful, informative, and very encouraging. Thank you so much!”

 -S.K., Pennsylvania

“I’m a Special Ed teacher, and I recently attended your seminar in New York. I returned to work determined to give your method a try. I explained to my colleagues that I would begin teaching sight words with no picture cues, using Fast Flash and your method. ‘Yeah, right,’ they said. ‘Like that’s going to work.” Now, months later, they’re saying, ‘Wow! This really works!'”

 -R.R., New York