Pediatric Therapeutic Services

How to Continue Special Education Interventions at Home During the Summer

Special Education Interventions

Every year, students experience setbacks in their education during the months they have off from school over the summer. At Pediatric Therapeutic Services (PTS), we know that students with disabilities are at an even higher risk for skill regression each year. As a parent, how can you continue to support your child year-round? We answer that here:

Meet With Your Child’s IEP Team

Before the school year ends, you can better prepare for the summer months by first re-reading your child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). With this information at the top of your mind, you can develop an at-home plan that supports your child in reaching their goals and building new skills over the summer.

Along with that, you can schedule a meeting with your child’s special education and IEP team. Therapists who work alongside with PTS are typically available to engage with parents who want to incorporate interventions at home.

During this meeting, you can get more details about your child’s plan, all the progress they’ve made throughout the year, and what steps you can take to help them continue reaching significant milestones in their development.

Make Simple Interventions Part of the Daily At-Home Routine

swing in a playgroundAs you approach the end of the school year, you can help your child transition by setting up weekly tutoring sessions and/or structured recreational lessons based on their interests. Whether they play a musical instrument, love to draw, or are eager to try a sport, you can provide them with outlets for continuing to cultivate new skills.

In addition to tutoring and recreational activities, you may want to consider signing your child up for various camps specifically designed for or catered to students with special needs. Other ways to keep your child actively engaged include:

  • Going to the local park and playground
  • Playing interactive and educational games
  • Picking out and reading new books together
  • Visiting a museum, aquarium, or nature center
  • Attending events, such as reading programs at your local library

While going about your day-to-day, you can also use real-life scenarios as opportunities to practice key skills, such as meeting new people, making friends, talking on the phone, and ordering food. Ask your child’s IEP team for suggestions on how to incorporate these real-life scenarios.

You can also visit our resources for parents page for downloadable activities for practicing math skills and much more.

Learn About ESY Programming at Your School District

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) states that students with disabilities must be provided with a public education tailored to their individual needs. In some cases, this includes an IEP, which lasts either 12 months (i.e., Extended School Year (ESY) programming) or during the 10-month school year only. Often, IEPs do not include ESY programming.

If your child’s IEP includes ESY programming, the school district is required to provide a related services placement, such as for speech or occupational therapy. Typically, the IEP structure differs from programming during the traditional school year.

Either way, you can use these resources and activities to enhance your child’s learning experience both in and outside the classroom.

Help Give Your Child the Support They Need Year-Round

Your child doesn’t need to lose the progress they’ve made during the school year. By following the suggestions on this page and tailoring them to meet the unique needs of your child, you can better support them over the summer months. Use PTS’s simple downloadable resources to continue interventions at home!


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