School is out and summer is finally here! And when it’s summer, we don’t just celebrate the good weather, great food, outdoor play, but it’s also the time of the year that we most enjoy a vacation!
Sunshine brings a feeling of happiness to many. Everything is bright and it always reminds us of our joyous memories especially when we were a kid. Who doesn’t experience the fun of camping or the camaraderie we make during a barbeque party?
However, summer break is also when a “summer learning loss” or “the summer slide” takes place. Teachers call this the regression in skills that happens in the time between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next. And special education students are no exceptions.
Children with disabilities require and need recreation the same as other children. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“A.D.A.”), a child with special needs is entitled to attend any camp or activity that non-disabled children attend, with modifications, and with a few exceptions.
(More information about ADA here: Summer Camp, the Americans with Disabilities Act and your Child’s Rights)
Fortunately, with some planning and effort, it is possible to forestall this skill loss and set up every student for a successful return to school in September. Here are some tips for keeping students skills sharp over the summer and how an educator like you could help:
Activities for teachers to help families get ready for summer and to launch students to fun, enriching summertime experiences.
Great Ideas Here: Get Ready for Summer! Ideas for Teachers to Share with Families
Pros and Cons :
Resources on Finding a Summer Camp:
Activities that Enhance Skills
Creative Sensory Ideas
Practicing Life Skills
Other Helpful Links
We are not affiliated with any organization or bloggers mentioned in this article. But we love to share their ideas on how students of all abilities can prevent summer slide. As the saying goes, “Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.”
Have a happy and meaningful summer!