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Preparing Kids for Virtual Schooling


Schools are still deciding how they will proceed for the upcoming school year, and some have already agreed to move forward with virtual schooling.  

Parents are deciding and attempting to make the best decision that will be most beneficial for their families. Parents with children that have learning differences such as Autism, ADHD, or Dyslexia will have a harder time helping kids manage their executive function skills at home while learning virtually. Parents can help prepare their children for virtual learning. 

Routine 

While the summer is coming to an end, it is now time to start preparing for a Fall schedule. Transitioning from summer to fall typically is hard; however, adding COVID-19 and virtual learning to the process makes it more complicated. One week before starting virtual school, start preparing your child to wake up at a designated time. Have a structured start time and end time for academic materials. 

If you are a parent working at home and have flexibility with your schedule, start your workday about 1 hour after your child is situated and settled with their school day. 

Working Space

Create a designated space where your child can go to complete their school work. A school center will help create the mental shift needed to go from home to school, without leaving the home environment. Everything school-related should be in this space. Call it the classroom and have your child go to that space to do the day’s assignments. 

Create Daily Packets

Parents with children that have diverse learning styles will significantly benefit from having daily packets. When you receive the information for the week, break it down to smaller pieces. Create folders that are labeled Monday-Friday, and inside each folder have the work for that particular day. Going through tons of paper can become overwhelming to both parent and child. This will help minimize frustrations. 

IEPs and 504s 

Email the exceptional child individual at your child school to discuss how your child’s IEP or 504 plan will be executed. Be mindful that schools are still figuring out how to help their students. Start the communication process with the school administration to determine what accommodations the school can offer to your child. 

Preparing Kids for Virtual Schooling


Bea Moise

Beatrice (Bea) Moise, M.S., BCCS., is a Board Certified Cognitive Specialist, Parenting Coach, Writer, and National Speaker. She is the creator of A Child Like Mine, LLC. Bea has worked as a Behavioral Consultant for years with extensive experience working parents of children who have a variety of diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, & ADHD. She has trained hundreds of families on Parent Management Training. She has provided parents with tools that are useful. Providing parents with practical techniques and teaching strategies. You can contact her for consultation at www.BeatriceMoise.com


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APA Reference
Moise, B. (2020). Preparing Kids for Virtual Schooling. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 6, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/child-like-mine/2020/07/preparing-kids-for-virtual-schooling/

 

Last updated: 3 Aug 2020
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