Our child will lose a service at the end of February. We are mourning this upcoming loss. I am especially upset by it, not only because my child is losing the structured opportunity to play with a child who has become his friend over the last two years, but also by the way it all came about. The facility notified me in November that my child’s funding had lapsed. To my astonishment, my child had been on a 30 day contract during that month.
The end of the school year is a busy but exciting time of year for students and their parents. School parties and summer fun is just around the corner. Kids are eager for vacation and looking forward to all kinds of summer activities. For many children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other special needs, the end of the school marks an important transition time for families and teachers including assessing student progress, reviewing Individual Education Plans, developing appropriate goals, and preparing to transition to new teachers, classrooms, or schools. Few programs offer systematic and thorough support for these students and their families to ensure the smoothest transition possible and maintenance of annual gains. Many programs do not offer continuous educational support and most fail to allow time or resources for the current teachers, aides, and specialists to collaborate with next years educational team. Therefore, parents are often responsible to make this transition happen. Here are some tips for getting through the summer and planning for fall for your child with special needs!