Special Needs and Social Distancing (On Demand: Recorded)
Main Topic: Family and Community Engagement
Session Type: Paper
School children with special needs faced unusual disruption to the end of their school year in May/June 2020; and, teachers, parents, and caregivers scrambled to turn the living room into a classroom. School closures and social distancing did not just cause impromptu homeschooling, it also has the effect of causing a longer at-home time and the need to prepare for a “new normal”. Parents, caregivers, and teachers are now required to address such questions as: (1) How did my role as a member of my child with special needs team change?; (2) What does his or her IEP look like?; (3) What shape will services take in this school year?; (4) How do I continue to advocate for my child given the new circumstances?
Parents and family members will learn to:
- Self-assess their accomplishments
- Plan for school closures and long-term absence from schools.
- Ask appropriate IEP Questions
- Access resources and appropriate services
- Plan for children with specific health issues
- Plan to stay engaged and advocate
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Dr. Lakshmi MahadevanTexas A&M AgriLife Extension - Associate Professor
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Lakshmi Mahadevan has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Career Development Education from Texas A&M University. Her areas of expertise include career assessment, post-secondary options for individuals with special needs, special education and multicultural career counseling. As Associate Professor and Extension Specialist – Special Populations, Dr. Mahadevan has over fourteen years of experience in conducting face-to-face and online professional development with educators in Texas addressing various special populations-related issues (particularly students with disabilities and English Language Learners).