Remote Learning Tips for Students with Disabilities

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DEC 6, 2020

Remote Learning Tips for Students with Disabilities

If there is any catch phrase that has gone viral this year, it is "2020 has been a crazy time". With seemingly no end in sight, everyone especially parents and their children have adapted to the constantly changing environment.

Our featured parent and educator for this week is creator of @mom.teacher.hacks! Read about how she and her son has adapted during the pandemic and remote learning tips for students with dyslexia and disabilities.

About @mom.teacher.hacks and remote learning

I started @mom.teacher.hacks during the pandemic while I was teaching from home and also trying to keep my busy 2 year old boy engaged. I always enjoyed sharing my ideas and thought creating an Instagram account would be a fun way to share my ideas with others.

The best advice I can give parents to support their children during remote learning is to do their best in providing their child with a least distracting environment as possible. A small desk, with supplies and headphones (if possible) would all be ideal.

My biggest challenge so far has been keeping myself positive while also not being so hard on myself. Patience is key as an educator! Sometimes we don’t have any patience left in us and that is okay. We just get by the best way that we can!

"Patience is key as an educator"

@mom.teacher.hacks

Becoming certified in special education

I was given a rare opportunity to become certified in Wilson Reading Academy. Wilson changed my entire outlook on teaching reading. I would recommend all teachers who teach K-2 to become certified in Wilson or a similar program. It truly was the best experience, even greater than going through my National Board Certification. Wilson breaks down reading skills by teaching phonics through visuals, tactile learning and repetition. Dyslexia is common in students but one of the least diagnosed disabilities. This is due to the lack of funding and training from each state.

If parents have a child who struggle with reading, specifically with phonics, I would absolutely recommend them looking into dyslexia further. Discuss it with teachers, psychologist and even outside agencies. If diagnosed, there are resources and programs outside of school to help tutor students with dyslexia.

Children with Intellectual Disabilities

Identifying emotions, feelings and actions can be very difficult for students with Autism and students who have an Intellectual Disability (ID). I currently use my Emotions resource with an ID student. We discuss scenarios and situations to help her build real life awareness and eventually relate them to her relationships. Students benefit from knowing their emotions, actions and feelings in order to gain a greater understanding of life skills and social/emotional needs.

I started a Teachers Pay Teachers account for anyone looking for resources created by a special education teacher who specializes in dyslexia and is a National Board Certified Teacher.

You can find her instagram here @mom.teacher.hacks and her teaching resources at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Momteacherhacks.

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