Online education’s flexibility also enables parents of special needs students to customize a virtual school environment and manage their socialization to align with their interests, values, and challenges.
Learning in an at-home setting is free of distractions that can interfere with students’ concentration, and online Learning Coaches have the flexibility to plan, supervise, and limit time spent with other students. That is particularly important for kids who need extra support due to social, emotional, or developmental issues.
Megan Yohe’s son, for instance, has autism, which made it difficult for him to participate in classroom academics and social activities. Before enrolling in Connections Academy, his teachers started sending all his schoolwork home with him with directions to return it the next day, causing him only to be in the classroom for a few hours a day. The teachers also wanted to medicate his emotional issues; Ms. Yohe refused to do so.
Since starting Connections Academy, she wrote in her online school review, “my son has no anxiety, has not missed a single day. He has flourished and is doing things he never would have [done] in public school.”