Distance Learning Places Extra Burden On Parents Of Students With Disabilities

Some parents are concerned that the shift to online learning will cause students to lose the learning gains they’ve made during the school year so far.

By Camile PhillipsApril 7, 2020 9:30 am, , ,

From Texas Public Radio:

Students with disabilities often have a small army of support at school to keep them healthy and learning. Special education teachers. Aides. Therapists.

The sudden switch to distance learning brought on by the coronavirus has forced parents to take on many of those roles.

Even homeschool veterans like Houston mom Neches Phelps are feeling the effects.

“I love homeschooling. I really, really do,” Phelps says. “I wasn’t prepared for all of this.”

Two of her three children have autism. Alexander, 12, uses an iPad to communicate and most of his lessons focus on life skills. Before the outbreak, he saw specialists in speech, behavior and occupational therapy each week.


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