Creative alternatives for continued learning for children with special needs
By Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM – Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health National Director of Family Engagement
As a mother of a daughter with autism and intellectual disabilities, I understand the importance of individualized school supports and goals to facilitate learning and skill development. My 18-year-old daughter, Annie, has been enrolled in specialized educational programs and services since she was diagnosed in 2004. A key to Annie’s success is the personalized, hands-on attention she receives in her classrooms, which have an approximate one-to-one student-teacher ratio.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools have shifted to remote instruction, which can be challenging for individuals, like Annie, who need direct assistance and prompting for optimal learning and skill building.
Albert Einstein once said, “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” This rings especially true right now. Below are a few creative alternatives for continued learning – at home – to help children with special needs develop essential life skills.
By providing fun and unique continued learning opportunities for your child – at home – you can help him/her develop the skills needed to grow and thrive, and when it comes time to return to the classroom, your child will be positioned for success.
About Amy Kelly …
Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, is the mother to Danny, Annie and Ryan. Annie is diagnosed with moderate to severe autism, verbal apraxia, intellectual and developmental disabilities and general anxiety disorder. Amy is the National Director of Family Engagement for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare, and serves as a family representative on several special needs boards in the community, locally and nationally. In addition, she participates with other patients and families in efforts supported by the American Board of Pediatrics Foundation and the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network to address children with special needs and the importance of quality care.
- About Us
- Advanced Philosophy of Care
- Mission, Values and Service
- Our Commitment to Safety
- Our History
- Senior Leadership Team
- Devereux Board of Trustees
- Annual Reports
- Devereux in the News
- Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
- Recognizing Our Employees
- Celebrating Our Devereux Families
- Sharing Messages of Hope
- Who We Help
- Supporting Devereux
- Training and Consulting