In the midst of the school year, parents often feel that they are doing the best that they can for their special needs children. After all, the IEP is firmly in place. Special education teachers are on board, and plenty of programs exist in the public schools to help with certain needs and issues that these children may have. However, once the school year ends, parents often feel helpless, not knowing what if anything they should be doing with their children and where they should go if they need help. If you are wondering if your special needs child may suffer once the school year is at an end, read on for a list of the most common complaints that parents just like you make.
Children generally learn best when there is no break or at least no long break between learning activities. While a short break of one to two weeks is often advisable to decrease stress, three-month breaks can cause a breakdown in the learning experience and make it difficult to restart in the fall.
Not only will it be hard for these children to get back into the swing of things, but also they may forget much of what they learned the previous year. This could lead to multiple weeks being spent relearning the same things each fall.
Many special needs children suffer from not having as many social opportunities during the summer. They may not see their friends at all, and this may severely impact their emotional growth and cause them to have trouble reintegrating into their circle of peers next fall.