Meeting with a student or team virtually can be helpful for many reasons. In some cases, students with autism have difficulty understanding social cues, metaphors, idioms, intonation, and other aspects of communication. Virtual meetings allow these teams to address these needs. Students with autism also often need support with social skills such as monitoring discussion boards composing communications, and other tasks. Supportive school staff members can meet with a student virtually if a traditional on-site visit is not possible.
Using video conferencing software makes meeting virtually with a student easy. Supportive school staff members can share information and collaborate with students from all over the world. Students can share their inner emotional states with their peers. When possible, students should discuss any concerns with the school staff so that they can be addressed before they turn into a problem. Additionally, students can make use of these tools within a blended or online learning structure.
A teacher at Walnut Acres Elementary in San Francisco, California, is using video-conferencing software to interact with students. Her students are reading “Little Leaders in Black History” by Vashti Harrison. The book features many important Black women, such as Charlotte E. Ray and Ida B. Wells. Students at Foothill Middle School in Walnut Creek are also using virtual meetings to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year.
A school counselor will give parents information about community resources that provide resources for their child. Students may also have problems coping with their own emotional and behavioral problems. The school counselors will connect students to other resources available to them, as well as other school agencies. In addition, counselors should remain aware of district policies and state laws. By meeting with students virtually, supportive school staff members can provide the best support possible.
The support provided by a peer or instructor is invaluable to a student with a disability. These people should be active participants in developing educational interventions, implementing them, and evaluating their effectiveness. Peers can also help by modeling appropriate behavior for students with disabilities. In addition, peer support can improve a student’s social and emotional development. These staff members can offer valuable feedback to students and act as role models for their peers.
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