Mother of 2 kids with special needs shares advice for remote learning

Mother of 2 kids with special needs shares advice for remote learning

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s a challenging time for any parent, but for those whose children require an individualized education plan, things are even more difficult.

A mother of two children with special needs reached out to Channel 9′s Dashawn Brown saying she’s actually had success with remote learning and wants to share advice with other parents.

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Nequeela Deas-Blanton has learned from experience how to educate both her sons from home.

“We’ve already got something inside of us that says we can teach our children because we’re parents, so its just changing the way we think about it,” she said.

Deas-Blanton started compiling some of the strategies that have been effective with her own family and is working to share them with districts, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools and their home district, Cabarrus County.

For example, she’s created a letter board to help her oldest son, who’s nonverbal communicate with his college instructor remotely.

“I just thought now is the time because I’m hearing too many parents say, ‘I don’t have the wherewithal'”, she said.

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She also emphasized how important it is to find a support group or even start a support group where parents can share resources.

Some districts are working on options of their own. Cabarrus County is looking to add virtual small groups, one on ones, even conducting some lessons over the phone. CMS says it’s looking into how to host exceptional students in-person, but first they will meet with an Individualized Education Program team, including the child’s parents, teachers and service providers.

Central Piedmont Community College special needs instructor Rene Brewer says an important step is sharing resources and information from therapists to teachers.

“If I dont understand how to work with a a child with cerebral palsy or autism, than I cant be as effective as an educator,” Brewer said.

CMS is also hosting two webinars next Wednesday for parents with exceptional children.

Class at East Meck HS teaches students with special needs how to be independent