Supporting Students with Disabilities in the Virtual Classroom
Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, schools were forced to move all instruction online. This shift to virtual learning was challenging on almost all students – but especially hard on students with disabilities. Often, students with developmental disabilities do not adapt well to a shift in schedule. Consequentially, these students suffered tremendously with the change to virtual learning.
Fortunately, as more and more people become vaccinated, schools have switched to a hybrid schedule, with some classes offered remotely and others in person. Although we have come a long way from the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, many students with disabilities are still struggling in their online classes. Here are three ways to support students with disabilities in the virtual classroom.
How to Make Virtual Learning Easier for Students with Disabilities
Create Open Communication for Both Students and Parents
Creating an open dialogue between teachers and parents is paramount to a successful virtual learning strategy. While parents may worry about taking on the role of becoming a teaching assistant, teachers can alleviate this stress by providing them with clear instructions and open lines of communication.
Make Virtual Learning Accessible
At the Deron School of New Jersey, it’s one of our top priorities to ensure students can continue to receive meaningful instruction online. That’s why Deron’s one-to-one technology tools make eLearning services accessible to our students.
Allow for Sensory and Movement Needs
Certain developmental disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, can involve hyper-sensitivities and hypo-sensitivities to different stimuli. As a result, it’s essential to consider sensory integration while conducting online learning. This can be as simple as using Play-Doh, Rice in plastic bags, or drawing with shaving cream. Utilizing sensory integration can help create a sense of safety and security for your student.
Since 1967, the Deron School has offered a state-approved private school program and services tailored to fit your child’s needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our leadership team with any admission inquiries!