The current COVID-19 situation around the world has required schools to move to remote education and many people are working from home. This transition can be difficult for everyone, and parents of children with special needs (dyslexia, ADHD, Autism etc..) face unique challenges during this time.
If your child has an educational program that includes classroom interventions or therapy, you may have concerns or questions. You can utilise the following strategies to support your child and ensure that there is a seamless transition to remote education and this period is as smooth as possible.
1. Open a dialogue with your child’s educational team.
The special education teachers, therapists and other trained personnel work with your child every day. They have a great deal of knowledge and are an important resource.
Keep the lines of communication open with them and ask any questions to maximise the continuance of support services even when your child isn’t in the school building.
2. Establish a tolerant, accepting atmosphere.
Have patience with yourself and your child, as this period is a huge adjustment for everyone. By creating a welcoming atmosphere in the home, you can better handle the challenges that will arise.
Ensuring you communicate with your child and encourage openness will promote positive outcomes.
3. Join online support communities.
There are many other parents who have children with special needs, and you can find extensive online support systems. The communities and their members can offer moral support and helpful advice.
Networking with parents who are handling a similar situation will help you to feel more empowered and confident.
Here is a list of a few support groups:
- Dyslexia Support – for parents of dyslexic children (Worldwide)
- Dyslexia Victoria Support (Australia)
- Resources for Special Needs (Australia)
4. Research available programs and apps.
Every child’s needs will be different, and there are a plethora of available resources on the Internet. Especially during this period, many apps and programs are offered for free or at a reduced cost. You can find a resource that will provide a targeted approach that will support and challenge your child’s growth during this time of remote education.
These strategies will help you to ensure a smooth transition for your child as school has moved into the home. You may find it challenging to make sure that your child’s specific needs are addressed effectively but following these tips will enable you to support your child and enjoy a positive experience during this period.