Help them reach their full potential

Join online classes and be a Special Needs Specialist

What is it?

Expand the possibilities for people with special needs.

The Special Needs Specialist is an 8- module online program (designed to complete in 8 weeks) for professionals and families to expand their concept of optimal potential regarding the special needs person.

  • Created for professionals who work with the special needs population.
  • Created for families who live with and care for a member of the special needs population.
  • Created for individuals who are interested in working with the special needs population in the future.

Students can earn 14 continuing education credits through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. Students can earn a certificate as a Special Needs Specialist.

Taught by Dr. Erin Jacobs Stagner, DC, MS, MSHAPI, a special needs chiropractor and mom to a daughter with autism.

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Who is it for?

Why do it?

Benefits and Outcomes

By completing The Special Needs Specialist program, certificate holders can expect to:
  • Earn a Special Needs Specialist certification of completion and 14 hours of continuing education
  • Receive progressive training on how the special needs brain works
  • Learn to adapt neurotypical scenarios for non-neurotypical people
  • Stop feeling like you cannot communicate about what’s going on with your child/patient
  • Gain insight into neurological development of the brain
  • Consider advances in the treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders

What You Get

Learn at your own pace.

Join live classes and connect with like-minded individuals.

This course runs over 8 modules with each module consisting of 2-4 lessons. Lessons are delivered via online pre-recorded videos 10-15 minutes long. Each lesson builds on the previous module’s content.

To receive the next module, you must pass a quiz over the current material. A passing grade is 80%. You will have ongoing access to all online content so you can learn at your own pace.

Monthly live question and answer group calls where Erin answers all your questions that happen on Zoom. You can log in via phone or online and calls are recorded.

When you register, you will receive login instructions to the online course.


  • 1 Handouts for each module so you’ll always have the most important information right at your fingertips.
  • 2 An ever-expanding library of resources, including research papers, books, articles, TED talks, and interviews.
  • 3 Interviews with professionals and parents of special needs people, experts in gut-brain health, primitive reflexes, and alternative medicine.
  • 4 Private student-only Facebook group for networking and additional questions and answers.
  • 5 Access to Dr. Erin Jacobs Stagner - 12 years of being a professional and special needs parent, speaker and teacher.

The Curriculum

About Erin

Who is
Dr. Erin Jacobs Stagner?

This is a culmination of 12 years of searching as a special needs parent for anything that would help my daughter as well as countless hours of research and learning from others in different fields.

My passion in life is to empower professionals and families to expand their concept of optimal potential in regards to special needs people.

I believe that there is often miscommunication between providers and families about the degree of assistance available for special needs people as well as the different types and forms of evaluation. There is constantly new information and research available however, it’s not always presented or written effectively for providers or parents.

The Special Needs Specialist is here to provide an opportunity for parents and professionals to better communicate about the care and treatment of the special needs population as well as to open doors for both professionals and parents to think outside the box.

I hold three degrees including a Doctorate in Chiropractic, a Masters in Sports Science and Rehabilitation and a Master in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction. After years of teaching both high school and community college, I realized that there is an entire group of people who can use the information I’ve spent years looking for to better the lives of their children and the children they serve.


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