As a parent with a child with additional needs my wife and are pleased with how our school has transitioned with our son’s virtual learning. We are also pleased how his virtual therapy sessions have gone. Even though this is going well, it has its challenges. We do feel that all of this screen time is affecting our son’s behavior in a negative way. To reduce the negative behaviors once the lessons are completed we make sure that electronics of any kind are put away for the rest of the day. That includes screen time with friends and family. With running Additional Needs, Inc. I read articles about our community on a daily basis, I have read over and over how difficult virtual learning is for the children and parents, and in some cases, children are still not receiving any services. For the families that are doing virtual learning many of them feel the school is doing what they can but because of the circumstances it’s not enough. We feel the same way. Even in our case we believe schools and therapists can’t replace in-person teaching and therapies with virtual teaching and therapies. Here are articles that make this point crystal clear. Because we must stay home at this time and do things virtually we’ve also added articles that help parents navigate virtual learning.
Below are articles on how difficult virtual learning is for children with additional needs:
Coronavirus: Special education at home could set some kids ‘way back’ via Dayton Daily News
The Pandemic Is a Crisis for Students With Special Needs via The Atlantic
Here are articles to help parents with virtual learning:
8 Tips for Conducting Virtual IEP Meetings via edutipia
Through this experience we believe both the families and the teachers will have greater appreciation for one another.