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?
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.
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense under Award Number 2019-48770-30366 and 2023-48770-41333.