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.
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!