Remote Learning Also Works for Special Education Students
[Source: Youth Today]
Maxwell Benjamin sits in front of a grilled cheese sandwich cut into bite-sized pieces.
His mother Susie Wong-Benjamin encourages him to take bites and chew because he prefers softer foods like spaghetti and mashed potatoes. She’s guided remotely by his speech therapist, who joins them through a Zoom meeting. This is a first for Maxwell, 4, who is used to being in a classroom.
Maxwell has autism and is nonverbal. This is how his various therapy sessions look now that his school, These Our Treasures, must operate online. Despite a tech learning curve, changes to routine and being stuck inside, his father Michael Benjamin notices improvement.
“He’s eating better at home. There’s no doubt about that,” he said.
At school, Maxwell was more engaged eating with his teachers than he was at home with his parents.
“But now we’re sort of all doing it together and he’s being responsive to Susie and me as well,” he said.
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