Check out this information from a Friend of SENIA, IDS!
Children with special needs are amongst the hardest hit by school closures. A take home packet and online instruction developed for the average learner may work for the thousands of students learning from home, but this solution may be less than adequate for a child who learns differently and needs more supports and intervention. And what about the therapy?
As many parents know, working from home for one day when a child is home from school due to illness is at best distracting and at worst, completely non-productive. Now, factor in multiple children at home, excess energy from being cooped up, and the expectation that you are now your children’s educator- Math, English, Science, History, Art, Physical Education- oh my!
The task is daunting for many. In fact, I believe it is far easier to teach or treat other people’s children than to work with anyone in our own families. When considering that children with special needs require specialized instruction, the task of becoming an at-home educator for your child can seem insurmountable. It doesn’t need to be!
The IDS team can help. We are here to provide online coaching for parents who are home-schooling their children with special needs. Whether you are interested in regular sessions with our special educators, or check-ins once every week or two, you will have a dedicated special educator helping you to modify each lesson so that you and your child can be successful together.
Our goal is to keep your child on target to meet the goals and objectives that were developed as part of their learning plan or IEP. This means therapies, too! Our speech therapists, occupational therapists, behavior analysts, counselors, reading specialists, and psychologists can provide your child’s therapy right in your home. Through direct online therapy (telehealth), your child doesn’t have to miss a therapy session. We can even move with you when you choose a new job location or simply switch schools.