Tips for special education at home


Here are some ideas from to help cope with learning at home.

  • Understand that teachers may need to evaluate which IEP goals are achievable in the new environment, then work with parents to break learning targets into manageable benchmarks.
  • For best parental support, teachers should check in regularly with parents via phone, video conference, or email. For parents and caregivers whose first language is not English, a three-way interpreter from is helpful.
  • Have a Google classroom just for parents, so they can connect and swap ideas about what’s working well and what’s not.
  • Home learning activities should follow a regular schedule which mirrors the school day. Create a schedule board (tactile or digital) with images of activities that prompt students what to do and when. See this free download.
  • When switching activities, use a kitchen timer which reminds students of a bell schedule at school.
  • Try having learning activities take place in different spaces in the home.
  • To help students release energy, use simple objects like colored play dough and bubble wrap, or brain-based games like Jenga.
  • To provide a sense of security, put a bag of rice and/or beans inside the student’s pocket, to substitute as a weighted vest or weighted blanket.
  • To reduce tension, let students write or draw in shaving cream. Hugs, deep breathing, and running around outside can also help.

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