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Remote learning can be challenging on many levels. Now that many parents may have a closer look at their children’s learning, they may see gaps or have concerns. Don’t wait. Now is the time to contact your child’s teachers to share these concerns. Or better let me support you in navigating this challenging time!
Despite learning not happening in the school building, schools still have the same responsibility to hold annual reviews, update goals and also to continue identifying, locating and EVALUATING students suspected of having a disability and needing special education or related services. That means you can still request evaluations and/or IEP/504 meetings!
If you have concerns and/or especially if your child already has an IEP or 504 plan, consider doing the
● Document and list all supports that schools are providing for your child
● Check how these supports align to standards AND to your child’s IEP
● Document successful AND unsuccessful learning –date, time, skill, why
● Document all direct instruction minutes daily/weekly and in what area
How to Document Remote Learning (click below)
Assistive Technology (AT)
Students should have access to the same assistive technology supports listed in their plan. It is especially important for students with disabilities to be able to access curriculum material if possible. Using AT can also help build independence in learning.
● Find out what AT supports and applications your child currently has
● Make sure your child knows how to access and USE the AT supports they have–if not this is a GREAT time to learn and practice
● Ask what additional supports might be helpful now and how your child can learn and receive guidance in building skills around different technology
● Ask your child’s teacher to connect with the district’s assistive technology department to continue to find ways to leverage skills using technology.
Happy to consult for more ideas in this area.
Continue to document remote learning and partner with your child’s learning team to collaborate on an appropriate plan to support your child. Reach out for help.
How can I help:
Shira is happy to answer any questions and is available to:
● Review, help create/update IEP/504 plans
● Attend IEP, eligibility, annual review or transition meetings
● Provide consultation on how to get support for your child now and upon return to school
For more information or help, reach out to:
773-209-6948 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Content provided by Women Belong member Shira Schwartz