Distance Learning Series

Sommerness, J. (2020). A collaborative start to behavioral supports (DL #2). TIES Center. https://publications.ici.umn.edu/ties/building-engagement-with-distance…

Summary:
Positive and consistent behavioral supports are needed by all students and, for some students, are absolutely vital to support meaningful engagement in academics. Distance learning situations are no different in this regard. An initial task before educators is identifying and transferring the knowledge of things that work in school to the new reality that exists for families at home. Collaboration and communication are key.  Also key are deliberately defining what those supports have been historically, and what they should be within the new context and activities so that families can best support their children with the most success. By intentionally identifying and consistently providing these supports, students with significant cognitive disabilities will be more able to participate and engage the same as their peers within the current distance learning reality.

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