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Students with disabilities adapting to online learning

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HARLINGEN- Many school districts are move to online learning. These districts are working on accommodating for those students who have special needs and learning disabilities.

Online learning can be difficult and students with disabilities could be having a much harder time adapting.

Daniel Garza is the Harlingen CISD Special Education Director, he said, “Our students are going through quite a transition at this point and it has been challenging for many of our students just the fact that we have changed the routine and their routine is different and now they are at home and they’re not coming into school.”

Students with disabilities require more one on one time with teachers. Dr. Shannon Reyna, the Dyslexia/504 Specialist at Harlingen CISD said they are making it their mission to ensure each student is getting their needs met. 

Dr. Reyna said, “Many of our students have checked out devices and our dyslexic teachers are able to work with our students via zoom running different dyslexia therapy sessions.”

Students who do not have online access are being provided with packets and one on one communication with their teachers.

Dr. Reyna is sharing some advice to parents whose children might be having difficulty adapting to this new normal. She said, “I think it’s very important to set a routine even have it written down and students check it off, timers are very important, definitely timing students if it’s appropriate for the student it’s just time management.”

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