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How To Help Your Child With Autism Switch To Online Learning

How To Help Your Child With Autism Switch To Online Learning

Wednesday, May 08, 2024

Students with autism spectrum disorder can have more challenges in an in-person classroom setting than many people realize. Having a child with autism can require different accommodations in the classroom setting. 

According to Autism Speaks, 1 in 36 children in the United States has autism spectrum disorder, which means it's fairly common. However, children with autism might learn differently than other students in school, so it is crucial to find an educational option that works for your child.

Sometimes, in-person classroom settings don’t work for students with autism. If you’re a parent looking to switch your autistic child’s school from in-person to online, then this blog will help you learn more about how to make this transition easier.

Students With Autism And School: How To Switch To Online Learning

Why Online School Might Work

With Zoom, Google Meets, and other video call services, it is easier now than ever to get connected with an online school. If you and your family have the means to take time and make online schooling an option for your child with autism, you’ll be able to make sure they’re learning and in a healthy and stable environment free from distractions that might overstimulate your child. 

Online autism schools can provide the flexibility for students to learn from home or other remote locations. This can be particularly beneficial for children with ASD who may have difficulty adapting to new environments or who may experience sensory overload in traditional school settings.

Online autism schools can provide a more individualized education for each student, as programs can be tailored to meet the unique needs and learning styles of children with ASD. This is particularly important for children who may require more specialized support or accommodations.

Find The Perfect Online School

Your child’s education will be in great hands when attending an online school. Online schools that are taught by certified teachers are the best option. When looking for online schools it is a great idea to request information, set up meetings with staff members, and read reviews of the school to make sure it will fit your child’s needs. 

There are many online schooling options that specialize in education for students with autism. Do your research, and find options that will work for your child. 

Choose The Perfect Time To Transition

Commonly, some students with autism might have a hard time dealing with change, so it is a great idea to wait until the summer break to transition to an online school. However, if your child isn’t receiving the support and attention he or she needs, a transition to a different schooling situation may be what is necessary to relieve tension for the entire family. 

Set Up An Area At Home For Online School

Setting up an area for your child to complete their online school work will help keep them organized and focused while at home. Set up a place big enough where they can charge their computer, write out notes in their notebooks, or do anything else they might need to do when they’re learning online. Be sure to make the area in a space free of major distractions.

Encourage Involvement 

Online schools are not just about education. Many online schools have clubs and extracurricular activities for all students to join. These clubs might include video games, art, music, and more! But getting your child excited about meeting other students with similar interests is a great way for them to stay involved in their school and also a great way to make friends despite being online. 

Stay Connected With The School And Your Child

Once your child has started online school, it is easy to feel like everything has fallen into place. It is rare that there might be issues with online school, but you need to make sure that it’s working for your child. Stay connected with your child’s teachers, and make sure their grades are where they need to be. 

You’ll also want to hear from your child how their schooling is going. While online school is great for some students with autism, it isn’t the best option for every single student. If you notice your child falling behind or notice they’re not on the right track, then it might be time to talk with your child’s teachers to assess their progress. 

If you’re unsure of what to expect, we suggest taking a look at this blog to learn more about what online teachers would like parents to know. 

About Ignite Learning Academy’s Online Learning Program

Ignite Learning Academy is an online private school created to address the unique learning needs of many children and families. Our students are able to structure their day to complete their schoolwork at a time that works for them, and they can accomplish this from any location with an internet connection. 

ILA is a great fit for children who have autism spectrum disorder, might be bored in school, have been bullied, suffer from anxiety, have learning disabilities, are gifted, travel frequently, or simply need a new way to receive their K-12 education.

Our mission at Ignite Learning Academy is to propel children’s curiosity for learning by inspiring a passion for knowledge. Our online learning model develops independent, inquiring minds and intellects. We commit to each child’s personalized learning so they can experience a safe social and emotional environment while gaining skills that prepare them for college and beyond.

Contact us today to learn more about our online schooling options!