The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused several, unprecedented issues regarding the education of special needs children across the U.S. In order to reduce the spread of the virus, school systems closed in-person learning for periods of time or are implementing a hybrid system that combines in-person and distance learning.
However, students who require special education are at risk of regressing due to these school disruptions because they are unable to receive the hands-on, quality education that they need.
Missing Out on In-Person Learning
For many children with cerebral palsy and other learning disabilities, time spent in classrooms with both teachers and other students is crucial for their development. Many of the skills they need to learn can only effectively be taught in person. Such education that these children may require include:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech and language therapy
- Behavioral therapy
If a child’s school has gone completely virtual with learning, special needs children are at an increased risk of falling behind and regressing in their skills and abilities. It is also important to note that many special needs children have emotional and behavioral challenges that make it difficult for them to sit in front of the computer for long periods of time or take instructions from their parents.
Actions That Parents Can Take
Both parents and educators will need to approach these challenges with creativity and flexibility. If you are a parent and feel like your child isn’t getting the special education they are legally entitled to, first speak with your school administrator about the issue to try and find a mutually agreeable solution.
Last month, Governor Kate Brown sent a letter to school districts within the state stating that she wants K-5 schools to reopen by March 29 and junior and high schools to reopen by April 19.
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