Seek Out Accessibility Accommodations
Check with your child’s teacher if you don’t have access to their IEP or 504 Plan. Many students will have accommodations built into their learning plans. These may include extra breaks, small groups, and additional time for certain activities. Many students may also have assistive technology such as calculators, speech to text software, or other apps that they may use. You will know your learner best, so anything that you think may help would also be great to use.
Help With Lessons by Keeping Engagement High
Before beginning the work, review the directions with your student. If your child needs help, guide them through their work to make sure they are doing it correctly at each step. Help your child stay engaged by switching up how long they work on each subject area.
Communicate With Teachers
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s work, don’t be afraid to reach out to your child’s teachers. They are here to help! Plan to meet with your child’s teachers whenever school does resume. Many have designated hours that they can be reached to assist with your student's ability so that this quarantine feels more like continuous education rather than disrupted learning.
Make Use of Technology Resources
There are many resources for parents online. Louisiana's Department of Education has many helpful resources for providing continuing education for students with disabilities. If you don’t have internet, Comcast is offering free internet for 60 days, and many local internet providers are also offering similar options. You can also talk with the school about receiving equipment to use at home.
Remember—we are all in this together. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Keep your schedule consistent with establishing a routine. And no matter how much school work you get completed at home with your child, know that you are doing a valuable, wonderful job. Also, don't forget to make sure to find some time for your own self-care and personal goals, as well. Tulane School of Professional Advancement makes it easy to pursue your career goals while at home. Learn more about how we can help you continue your education. Explore our degrees and programs.