Life-Changing Outcomes for Exceptional Kids

Transitions Program Explores Online Learning Tools and Telehealth to Meet Students’ Needs

By Jay Cohen, Transitions Program Supervisor

As we navigate our way through uncharted waters, the staff of the Transitions Program continues to demonstrate their

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commitment, passion, and loyalty to the continuum of educational and therapeutic services that our students receive. Anticipating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are fully prepared to address the needs of each of our students and their families during these unprecedented times.

Our teaching staff is actively keeping daily communication with students and families alike.  Knowing the importance of the elements of good teaching, each staff member is working hard at “teaching from a distance” while keeping every student interested and engaged in their work. We heard from one parent that his child, who experienced emotional and academic challenges prior to attending the Transitions Program, is awakening each morning, eagerly wanting to complete the lessons being crafted by his Transitions Program teachers. We are currently in the process of setting up live one-to-one lessons, utilizing Facetime, ZOOM, and GotoMeeting.

Counseling services, as offered by our staff of licensed clinicians, continue to be delivered via teleconferencing. Transitions Program therapists are reaching out to our student population, discussing ways to keep student anxiety levels from elevating during this time.

The Transitions administrative team continues to have regular daily contact with the 23 school districts that currently have students enrolled in our program. We realize and understand the importance of delivering the most outstanding academic and counseling services, while consistently informing the sending districts as to the overall progress and well-being of their students.

We certainly hope that we can resume normal day-to-day functions as quickly as possible. It is our greatest wish for all members of our community to stay healthy as we monitor the impingement the pandemic is having on our routine lives.