Most parents are concerned about their children’s education over summer break. They fear that what was learned during the school year will be quickly forgotten once hot, sunny days roll around. This is particularly concerning for special education students who may need to take more time and put forth more effort to understand and integrate new concepts as compared to their peers. However, parents of special needs children have many options for ensuring that their children make it through summer successfully and are ready to rejoin their classmates once school begins again.
Depending on the child’s Individualized Educational Plan, he or she may be eligible for an Extended School Year program. This program allows the child to attend a school-like setting throughout the summer to keep up their education skills, to maintain social friendships and to maintain a consistent routine, all of which are extremely important to the well-being of numerous special needs children. ESY programs are set up through the school district. Parents that feel that their children need ESY programs but are denied them through the IEP can seek guidance from an attorney at Newman Aaronson Vanaman.
A summer camp may be the way to go for more independent special needs students. A summer camp can get them to try out new tasks, meet new friends and learn vital life skills. Summer camps are particularly helpful for high school-age students who are getting ready for adulthood and college.
Of course, not all education must be done in a school setting. Parents can provide plenty of practical education in their own homes and neighborhoods. They can teach cooking, sewing, car repair, organization, money management and childcare in their homes. Younger special needs children can even learn practical science with a trip to a local park.