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Distance Learning for Children with an IEP

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Many parents are feeling stressed, thinking, “I am not prepared to do this. How can I teach my own children? How do I fill the time?”  These resources can help.

Family Guide to At-Home Learning CEEDAR This guide has practical strategies that work for helping children of all ages who may be struggling with an at-home learning task. Families may find these strategies useful when helping their children complete various reading, math, and/or behavioral tasks at home.

Preparing Your Child with Disabilities for Distance Learning PACER Preparing to support your child with disabilities for distance learning may seem overwhelming right now. Here are some tips to help you and your child as you transition to this new educational environment.

Distance Learning and Your Child with Disabilities: Tips for Families PACER Families have a lot to learn about distance learning in a crisis. Remember to make the demands put on ourselves and our children reasonable ones. The following tips may help you and your family feel more confident dealing with distance learning.

A Parent’s Guide to Virtual Learning: 4 Actions to Improve Your Child’s Experience with Online Learning four things that you should know, and actions you can take, to guide your child’s journey through these unusual and unprecedented times

Ten Ideas for Keeping Students with Diverse Learning Needs Engaged At Home Examples and tips to help families and caregivers (who are now effectively “co-teachers”) provide essential support for their children’s at-home learning. Examples provided can be adjusted to fit your child’s strengths and needs. 

DIY Ways to Meet a Child’s Sensory Needs at Home Occupational therapists and trauma-informed teachers weigh in on how to create sensory tools and spaces with what you have at home.

Distance Learning and Challenging Behaviors PACER Transitioning to a distance
learning can be overwhelming and challenging. These challenges may change your child’s behavior. Resources to identify your child’s unmet need and plan positive responses to behaviors.

Special Education and Covid-19: First Steps

What can I do to manage all this at home?

Do what works for your family. Keeping a routine can provide comfort and stability for children. A printed schedule can help organize your day. A monthly calendar can keep this time of restrictions and change in perspective (ie it’s not forever). 

Busy Toddler Daily Routine (PDF)

At Home Learning Schedule (PDF)

Schools Closed? How to Make a New Home Routine

Hourly Planner Template

Free online learning resources:

Bookshare is an ebook library that makes reading easier for people with barriers such as dyslexia, blindness, and physical disabilities.

Khan Academy offers free exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn. 

Michigan Virtual free online courses to supplement student learning.

PBS Learn at Home educational programming on TV with corresponding online resources.

Scholastic has launched a free “Learn at Home” website that has daily courses for students during this school shutdown.

Wide Open School Virtual Summer Camp prek-grade 5 and grade 6-12

Disability specific resources:

Blind/Visual Impairment Resources for Educators and Families

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Resources for Educators and Families

Keeping Kids with ADHD in Study Mode While Home from School (webinar)

Supporting Families with PBIS at Home

Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START) Project Information and Resources

Stay-at-Home Activities for Children with Visual Impairments 

More ideas to keep busy:

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