Jess @ kalaevolution.com/business-coaching/ supports ARTC Providers. In a recent interview, she said, "Current coaching sessions are all about dealing with the Covid_19 Pandemic. I’ve been talking about making fast changes in business. Children and parents simply cannot wait for educators and therapeutic agencies to offer resources. Innovative strategies are necessary in order to offer solutions to those who need it most.
In this interview, Tracy Sekhon (ARTC) and Jessica Engel (Kala Evolution) chat about the impact of social distancing for families with special needs. At ARTC, Autism Providers are putting resources together to offer online solutions for children and families, RIGHT NOW...at home, during Shelter in Place.
Watch the interview here: https://youtu.be/HqbvaUS30aE
Tracy has two sons on the spectrum, and this is what she expressed about the current situation:
Covid-19 has been hard for most of us. We are adjusting to a new way of life in seclusion, and we are learning how to parent/teach our students in a totally new learning environment. For our kiddos on the spectrum, this comes with additional challenges.
My boys are polar opposites.
Micah is a “doer” and likes to stay ahead of his tasks (so he doesn't have to worry about them). He's not a fan of Zoom meetings with his classes, but will join if required. He can navigate the digital world to retrieve his assigned tasks and only requires limited help to complete them (mostly, just being held accountable). He doesn't qualify for an IEP, but he has a 504 plan, which provides some accommodations. He struggles mostly with drive to complete tasks that he has no interest in. I'm confident he'll be ready to move on next year.
Luca, on the other hand, is a linear thinker and believes that ‘homework should be done at home’ and ‘school work should be done at school’. He believes that school is closed. Therefore, he is on an extended vacation. He has fought Every . Single . "School" Assignment... with great vigor. He absolutely refuses to join most of the classroom Zoom meetings and he is not able to complete the number of daily assignments that are now required. Zoom meetings for his Speech and Occupational Therapies are absolutely out of the question, for him. He may, eventually, complete the worksheets or tasks that the therapists are sending, but not without a fight and/or strong negotiation. It's too different and not structured enough for him. He just cannot maintain proper attention or drive to learn this way.
While we will continue to power through these challenges, I am really concerned about Luca's regression, along with the regression of other children struggling with the current dynamic. The academic struggle requires accommodations and additional support.
I have filled ARTC with support that my children, and other children, need. Before Covid_19, I was planning for an Open House, where Autism Providers would have an opportunity to introduce themselves and interact with children and families. However, due to social distancing requirements, we have to do things differently.
Providers at ARTC are working diligently to gather support resources for home use. These will be simple, short term solutions. They will provide workshops that parents, and educators, may attend from home. Tracy will email information about these events and will post them on ARTC’s website and social channels. Be sure to join her mailing list to stay up to date with Autism Resources and Webinar Events here.
Additionally, Autism providers are creating innovative solutions for long term support.
Only time will tell what impact there will be, but we, at ARTC, are preparing to provide additional educational support, outside of the school setting, once our shelter in place order is lifted.
All My Best, as we navigate these difficult days and different ways. #inthistogether