This article originally appeared on WLTX.
At-home learning can be challenging, especially for families who have students with disabilities.
Candice Shaffer’s son Lonny is autistic.
“He cannot speak verbally and he has a lot of ticks (like) flapping,” Shaffer said. “He doesn’t answer to his name very well, like, if we’re out in public, it’s kind of difficult to get his attention…. Just several different things that are just complicated to even describe to anyone who’s not around him.”
It’s a reality that can make learning more difficult, but one that educators are equipped to support.
Now, as families adjust to online learning due to the coronavirus, it’s a new hurdle for many to overcome.
“It is very difficult because a lot of the services that a child receives in special education, teachers have gone to school for a very long time to provide this particular service,” Kimberly Tissot, executive director at Able South Carolina, said.