Dealing with Changes in School Routines During the Holiday Season
Interruptions to IEP services
It can be easy for direct instruction and related services to fall by the wayside during the holiday season. Sometimes, therapists and teachers don’t think it’s fair to pull kids away from special events. And sometimes it’s hard to juggle everybody’s schedule for small-group instruction or individual therapy. Making up time after vacation may sound like a good idea, but doubling up on services isn’t the answer. The services on your child’s IEP need to be provided consistently to help him make steady progress toward his goals.
Consider temporarily moving services to before or after school. If you’re willing to bring your child to school a little bit early or have him stay a little later and the therapist is also willing, it can be a way to ensure your child’s getting the instruction he needs without missing holiday fun in the classroom.
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