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Special needs students can improve reading skills in the summer

Many people tend to discount what some special needs students are capable of. When the educators are the ones who are doing this, great problems can result. For the parents of any child who has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), the summer months might pose a unique problem. One study should give all parents hope for the summer.

The study showed that special education students can show a larger improvement in reading skills during the summer months. This is partially due to the fact that many parents don't require that their children participate in summer reading activities. Parents of special needs children understand that learning has to be all year long, so they tend to encourage more active learning during the months when school is out.

While it might seem like the summer break is deserved and a good thing for kids, it actually isn't. Summer learning loss is a challenge that teachers have to cope with when the school year starts again. When kids are encouraged to stay academically active and provided with the tools to do so during the summer, they tend to fare better when school starts again.

With the school year nearing the end for the year, you need to make sure that you have something in the works for your children this summer. Finding programs that provide for their needs and keep them challenged over the summer might do more for them than what you realize right now. You might not notice until the new school year when your child is shining bright, even at the first of the year.

Source: Journalist's Resource, "Special education students boost reading skills more than peers over the summer," Denise-Marie Ordway, accessed April 11, 2018

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