As a parent of a soon-to-be kindergartener, you may be wondering what skills your child should practice in order to prepare for the academic challenges ahead of them. Kindergarten has become a more rigorous and demanding level of education in recent years, and children who are not adequately prepared may struggle. Luckily, there are many […]
Getting the Most Out of your Child’s Online Learning Experience
Many of us are into our third week of this new reality of balancing our own work agendas with the added responsibility of making sure our children get their school work completed and arrive on time to their online sessions. The whole thing seems surreal and more than we ever bargained for. The good news is that we are all in this together. We have compiled a short list of ways that you can help your child, and let’s face it-You, get the most out of this time. When we set our expectation for a great session, we are more likely to have one. So, here are some helpful tricks in no particular order.
- Understand the learning plan from your therapist: Your TES provider/teacher will let you know if there are any special materials you will need for the session. Please keep in contact with your teacher/therapist and let them know what you need.
- Create a Therapy Kit: Build a therapy kit with paper, scissors, pens, pencils, markers, etc. that will be used frequently in the online therapy sessions. Keep it near the computer ready to go.
- Create a Fun Therapy Space: Find a space in your home that will be conducive to online therapy sessions. Make sure it has minimal ambient noise, offers optimal lighting and is a secure, confidential and private space in which your child will be comfortable.
- Join the Fun: Be an active participant in your child’s learning. Studies show that children meet their goals faster when parents are actively involved and can carry-over lessons to other aspects of the child’s day.
- Set Realist Expectations: This is new to you and your children. Let your teacher/therapist know when your child needs a break. Keep a positive attitude. Allow for sensory breaks including walks outdoors when appropriate.
Communication is your best tool for getting through this challenging time. Let your child’s teachers and therapists know what you need to make this work for your family. Know that they have your child’s best interest in mind and are working hard to make this a positive experience!