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Back to School: Special Needs & Social Distancing

Wed August 19, 2020: 11:00 am-12:00 pm EDT


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About This Webinar:

School children with special needs faced unusual disruption to the end of their school year in May/June 2020 and teachers, parents, and caregivers scrambled to turn the living room into a classroom. School closures and social distancing did not just cause impromptu homeschooling, it also has the effect of causing a longer at-home summer and the need to prepare for a new normal in the upcoming school year.

Parents, caregivers, and teachers are now required to address questions such as:

  • How did my role as a member of my child with special needs team change?
  • What does his or her IEP look like?
  • What shape will services take in the upcoming school year?
  • How do I continue to advocate for my child given the new circumstances?

Learning Objectives

In this webinar, we provide resources to service providers so they can help parents and caregivers work with teachers to address these questions. Specifically, we focus on:

  • What parents need to plan for their children during school closures and long-term absence from schools
  • What questions/resources/services can parents speak with the school district about
  • How to plan for your children with specific health issues
  • How parents/caregivers can stay engaged and advocate for the child


Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, Special Populations
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Lakshmi Mahadevan has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Career Development Education from Texas A&M University. Her areas of expertise include career assessment, post-secondary options for individuals with special needs, special education and multicultural career counseling. As Associate Professor and Extension Specialist – Special Populations, Dr. Mahadevan has over ten years of experience in conducting face-to-face and online professional development with educators in Texas addressing various special populations-related issues (particularly students with disabilities and English Language Learners). Her other activities include program evaluation, conducting workshops and presentations, preparing newsletters, creating webcasts and special interest web materials, maintaining and supervising the design of online modules, maintaining websites, liaison with stakeholders and experts, preparing evaluation reports, and providing technical assistance.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

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Continuing Education

  • Social Work, LPC, LMFT: Programming approval for 1.0 CE credits will be obtained for Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists from the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, MI, NY, ND, OH, OK
  • Case Manager: This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board certified case managers with 1.0 clock hours.
  • Board Certified Patient Advocates: This program has been pre-approved by The Patient Advocate Certification Board to provide continuing education credit to Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). The course has been approved for a total of 1.0 CE contact hour, of which 0.0 are in the area of Ethics.
  • Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE):  This program has been approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for 1.0 CE credit for CFLE.
  • Certificates of completion are available for providers interested in documenting their training activities.
  • For a complete list of Military Caregiving courses for CE credit go to: Military Families

Event Materials

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Social Distancing Checklist (PDF)

Social Distancing Resources (PDF)

Webinar Flyer (PDF)

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