Parenting Virtual Learners
Supporting Your Virtual Student
Take a few breathes
Many of the families reported struggling the first few weeks, however as the students learned routines and became more familiar with the technology, this got better. Remember to celebrate your successes and learn from the "teachable moments". You've got this!
Continue to develop the Learning Space
If the kitchen table doubles as a learning space, remove all kitchen items (cups, salt and pepper shakers etc.) while your child is learning. Place learning materials (pens, pencils, markers, scissors etc.) in baskets or containers so they can easily be moved.
Review the schedule
Look at the schedule. If you have a middle or high school student, late afternoon or early evening might be when they are awake and ready to learn. Are you including "Brain Breaks" or movement activities to help your student's brain recharge? (See video below as an example)
Develop a Relationship with the Teacher
Reach out to the teacher and discuss the best way and times to communicate. Think of your teachers as collaborators, problems solvers, and supporters. Discuss what is working and if your child needs additional support. The key is to keep communication lines open.
Have Multiple Students?
Be aware of when your children have asynchronous learning versus synchronous learning.
Asynchronous Learning - Happens when independent work is being done, usually on a flexible schedule
Synchronous Learning - Happens in real time. The student, teacher, and other classmates interacti in a specific virtual space at a set time.
- For elementary students for example, times such as Lunch, Recess, and Encore (special areas such as gym) can be more flexible.
- Building in breaks, either separately or together, also gives time to regroup.
- Having a more advanced learner teach a new skill or concept. Encouraging siblings to practice problem solving skills.
Helping Students Be Safe on Social Media
New Program for Children With Disabilities or Complex Medical Needs
Katie Beckett Part A
- Will serve up to 300 children with the most significant disabilities or complex medical needs
- Includes services such as home health, private duty nursing, durable medical equipment or supplies, occupational, physical and speech therapies among other services
- Receive up to 15,00 a year in home and community based services include respite, supportive in home car and home/ vehicle modifications
Katie Beckett Part B
- Will serve up to 2,700 children with disabilities of complex medical needs
- Participants will not be enrolled in Medicaid and will receive up to $10,000 a year in services for their child
- Families will have the flexibility to choose any or all of the following services within their budget: premium assistance, a health-care savings type account, reimbursement for services that would benefit the child but can’t be covered under a health-care savings account, self-directed respite and supportive home care services, or an array of services from a community-based provider
To apply for Tennessee’s Katie Beckett Program, follow the steps below:
- The application will start with a self-referral online at TennCare Connect. To begin a self-referral, you must create a TennCare Connect account. You can DO THIS NOW so you’ll be ready to apply. You can find the TennCare Connect site and instructions on how to create an account here: https://tenncareconnect.tn.gov/services/homepage
- Filling out the self-referral online is the fastest way to apply for the program. But if you
don’t have a computer, a Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) case manager can help you complete the self-referral.
East Tennessee Regional Office: (888) 531-9876
Family-Focused Presentation via WebEx Katie Brackett Program
Monday, Nov. 16th, 4-5pm
This is an online event.
Family-Focused Presentation via WebEx on Monday, November 16, 2020 from 3:00pm-4:00pm CST (4:00pm-5:00pm EST) to assist people in learning more about the self-referral, assessment and enrollment process. The information to join is below. Please note that if you or any of the families are unable to attend, we will record it and place it on the Katie Beckett web page on the DIDD site.
Information to Join the Family-Focused Katie Beckett Presentation:
Meeting link: https://bit.ly/2IfKyzq
Meeting number (access code): 178 003 4906
Meeting password: DIDD
To receive a callback, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code.
US TOLL +1-415-655-0003
Access code: 178 003 4906