IEP / 504 Information
Social Stories & Read Alouds
Below are some social stories that address school closures and changes in daily routines (while staying positive!). We have also included some read alouds of books that discuss emotions, how to express your needs, and differences amongst people. These are fun ways to have discussions with your children about common situations and questions they might have.
Youtube Read Alouds:
How would you describe your personality? How can someone cheer you up?
How do you show when you are sad? What can you do to help someone?
Is it ok to steal? Is stealing a crime? What should you do if you steal something?
What are you great at? What do you do when you are not great at something?
What does it feel like to be judged? What scares you?
What does courage look like? How do you show courage?
There are a lot of “shoulds” everyday, and it is ok to feel exactly the way you do!
Sometimes we need to think about what we are doing, and how it makes other people feel.
How can you practice mindfulness? How do you stay calm?
What do you say when someone is treating you unfairly? What does it feel like to be left out?
What is tattling? Why are you sharing that information?
How can you change the world? How can you help others?
What culture and customs do you have at home? Why is it important to learn from others?
What makes you different? Why is it important to be different?
How can you use your voice to make changes? What are things we should say more often?
How can you change the world? What wishes would you make?
Do you ever worry about fitting in? What is something special that you can do?
Is there a monster under your bed? What kind of monster, what does it look and sound like? How would you feel if it left?
Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Williams sisters? How was it for these black sisters to enter an almost all-white sport?
Students with Disabilities & Special Education
All schools must have Continuity of Learning (COL) in effect by April 13, if not earlier. This means schools will be required to provide education services and related supports to all of their students remotely so that student learning and academic progress is achieved as if schools had remained open. This pertains to students on IEPs and Section 504 plans as well.
Schools must evaluate each student’s current IEP services and their ability to access their educational program from home. Planning needs to occur so students with disabilities can be supported in accessing online learning programs. Schools can consider additional support including apps that scribe, convert text to speech, and other built-in accessibility tools. Special educators should consider providing supplementary material to go along with virtual learning and data collections processes to parents to monitor progress of IEP goals.
If using paper materials, the school must provide students with disabilities the necessary accommodations and modifications to access the information. You may consider requesting parent training as a related service in your child’s IEP. Detailed guidance is contained in Vermont’s Special Education During School Closure Due to a Novel Coronavirus Outbreak and NH’s Special Education Guidance.
Resources or Adults with Disabilities
1. Art Lab at Home!
While we’re all staying safe at home, we can still do art together! Beginning April 8th, Art Lab will be hosting weekly virtual art classes. Supplies will be delivered to all participants!
2. Green Mountain Self Advocates Plain Language Information on Covid-19
3. Fitness & Mental Health Resources
Fit Five: A Guide to Achieving Fitness & Your Personal Best ~ Special Olympics
Fit Five Fitness Cards ~ Special Olympics
Fit Five Videos ~ Special Olympics
Staying Fit at Home ~ Special Olympics & CDC
School of Strength ~ Special Olympics & WWE
Strong Minds Stretching ~ Special Olympics
Strong Minds Strategies for Stress ~ Special Olympics
Strong Minds Yoga ~ Special Olympics
PsychHub Videos for Mental Health ~ PsychHub
4. 2020 Census
The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and DD Act programs, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. You can be counted by filling out a census form online or by mail or a census worker may visit your home.
5. COVID Relief Law
Parents who must stay home from work to care for their adult children with disabilities due to coronavirus-related closures may qualify for paid leave, federal official say. Learn more here.
Parent/Guardian Health & Well-Being
1.With all my children now at home, I find it difficult to spread my attention between my child with special health needs/disability and their sibling(s). What resources are available to help my child’s sibling(s) feel included?
The Special Needs Support Center has launched a virtual parent to parent peer support group using zoom which takes place on Monday’s at 4pm. SNSC will provide a welcoming, safe and open space for parents to share struggles and triumphs, form relationships, and gain resources. For more information or to register contact Laura@snsc-uv.org; once you are registered Laura will send you the Zoom link.
2. My child has an upcoming appointment through telemedicine. What is telemedicine and what are some helpful tips to prepare for the visit?
Telemedicine is using technology to connect with a health care provider who is at a different location from you. It’s also called telehealth. For helpful tips to prepare for your child’s telehealth appointment, review the short Introduction to Health Care through Telemedicine from the Midwest Genetics Network. It’s also helpful to call your child’s provider or visit their website for more telemedicine information specific to that medical practice.
Your child’s provider can guide you to the best options for telemedicine. Most telemedicine visits will require that you have access to the internet, as the healthcare provider will want to hear and see your child. A computer or cellphone will both work as long as you have a good connection to the internet. If you don’t have access to the internet, visit the Vermont Department of Public Service to find the closest hotspot in order to access WiFi. While New Hampshire hasn’t created a list of hotspots, all public libraries in New Hampshire have wifi which can be accessed outside of their buildings.
3. Will my health insurance pay for telemedicine?
A Covid-19 Emergency Response bill was passed last week in the Vermont Legislature. One section on page 16 of the bill relates to telemedicine: “All health insurance plans in this State shall provide coverage for health care services and dental services delivered through telemedicine by a health care provider at a distant site to a patient at an originating site to the same extent that the plan would cover the services if they were provided through in-person consultation.” Talk with your health care provider or insurance company if you have questions or would like to know more about your coverage. For more information about telemedicine and Medicaid coverage, you may contact the Department of Vermont Health Access or NH Health Access Network.
What to Expect at SNSC Programming