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Students with special needs adapting to remote learning

Posted at 8:46 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 20:46:19-04

Teachers and families across Ohio have been practicing remote learning for more than a month.

“Our school day looks differently now that we are in quarantine and not going to school,” Erin Wallace said. “And how I’ve become mom and full-time school teacher.”

Wallace is pulling double duty at home while she works closely with her son Max’s teachers and speech, music and occupational therapists.

“Counting in tens, learning how to count money,” Wallace said. “Then after that we go into our computer app.”

Max has autism and it’s important to keep up with his daily routine to stay on track with his individualized education program, or IEP.

“When you have a kid on the spectrum it’s very important to keep a set schedule,” Wallace said. “So what we’ve been doing is I’ve written down a schedule and we would do it based on if we were going to school.”

Katie Toporowsky teaches prekindergarteners with physical and intellectual disabilities and said the priority next school year will be identifying the specific needs of each student.

“Not exactly lowering our expectations, but kind of just setting new expectations,” Toporowsky said. “And our timeline is gonna look a little bit different.”