Tips and Resources for Parents to Support
Social and Emotional Learning During COVID
Online learning is hard for everyone. With a lack of structure, interaction, and extracurriculars, kids have a much harder time focusing, motivating themselves, and reaching out for help. Especially kids with LD. The uncertainties during this time are still endless. Here are some other recommendations for parents to think about to get the most out of remote learning.
Keep an open dialogue with your teachers. It’s important to establish a good relationship with a teacher, so you can figure out how to help them together when your child is struggling. Parents and teachers tend to see different things from students in the “classroom” and at home, so it’s important to work together in order to have a complete picture of the student.
Create a dedicated workspace. This helps to keep your child focused and stay on task. Whether they are at a desk in their room or at the kitchen table, working at the same space everyday helps them mentally prepare for the school day ahead and shift their mindset from “home” to “school”.
Give them time to socialize. One of the most challenging parts of distance learning for kids is being away from their friends. The daily interactions and activities they experience with their classmates are an important part of their development. Maintaining those friendships while still keeping your child safe is difficult but video calls have made it super easy to schedule some virtual hang time. Set up a time to virtually hang out with their friends during non-school hours.
Talk to your child if they don’t seem engaged. To have a productive conversation with them about this tricky subject, try to pick the right moment to talk to them. “Don’t talk to the child when things are really bad,” says Dr. Badaly. “If they’re throwing a tantrum and saying, ‘I’m not going to do this,’ that’s not the right time to talk.” Also, validate their experience. Letting kids know they’re not alone can help them confide in you about what they’re going through. Lastly, ask them open-ended questions so they have room to say what they want to say.
Give yourself a break. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed by managing kids’ schoolwork on top of all the other burdens of daily life during a pandemic. And the truth is that there’s no easy fix for many of the challenges that families are face. That’s why it’s so important to cut yourself plenty of slack. That also sets a good example for your kids. When you take time to relax, you show them that work isn’t everything and that it’s okay to be less than perfect.