Posted on: 7 November 2022
If you have a child with special needs, rejoice: there are several options available to help your young one succeed, both in school and in their regular, social life. An online special education program can be a great way to help your child learn and thrive, without feeling overwhelmed.
Just like remote learning is not ideal for everyone, you should take some considerations before putting your special needs child into an online special education program. You can get the most out of this type of program for your little one if they are struggling in a traditional school or if they have ongoing needs outside of school that interrupt their learning.
The best way to benefit your child is to speak with their behavior or special needs doctor to see if online learning is best for their needs, all while also paying attention to what your child desires. You know your little one best, so consider the following before engaging in an online special education program with your child.
Their ability to focus
Does your child get distracted or feel overstimulated by outside stimuli? This can make switching to an online special education program until your child has shown some growth in their developmental needs a great idea. If your child has Sensory Processing Disorder or is on the spectrum or has other special needs, having a quiet and remote place to learn that is familiar to them may be more beneficial than putting them in a more traditional special education classroom.
Their medical or other needs
Does your child have speech or behavioral therapy during school hours? Do they undergo physical or occupational therapy regularly? These needs are important and can make going to a traditional school more challenging without causing disruption or having your child fall behind. Instead of battling schedules, consider remote special education, at least part-time. This way, your child can have their physical and medical needs met and you can feel confident and less stressed about having your young one in many locations at once.
Once your child's schedule has opened up more, you can put them in traditional special education classes more regularly, if you wish. Some children simply thrive with an online special education program over a more traditional one. In the end, this is what matters most.
You'll know if you're making the right choice for your child in how they react and thrive; your child may be less stressed and more responsive when you switch them to online learning.Share