One of the most important aspects of special education is preparing students for an independent life. There are many facets to living an independent life, but being able to interact and communicate with others is crucial.
Developing social skills is difficult even with in-person learning, and with the move to online learning, teaching student social skills has been made more difficult for students with varying needs. With many schools moving entirely online last year, many students have lost the progress they had made prior to quarantine. Students have trouble staying focused and discerning social skill cues over video chat is tough.
Anxiety around the spread of coronavirus has caused a massive change in how students and adults interact with one another Conventional greetings like handshakes or hugs are being thrown by the wayside, as limiting contact with one another is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Things may never be the same, the handshake may no longer be the standard greeting, school and work may be conducted virtually for longer than most of us expected. As learning and social environments shift, educators and students must adapt. Teaching students how to communicate over Zoom may be as valuable as learning to communicate face-to-face. That’s why our Healthy Relationships Curriculum can help.
Our curriculum provides outcome tools, video lessons, quizzes, and even a portal that connects educators to parents to communicate with one another—all of this is available online! In addition to teaching students social skills that will help them live an independent life, our curriculum is equipped to fulfill IEP requirements and would make teaching a lot easier for you!