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Julia Ann Brooks
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ZOOM Sessions: The Alternative Classroom As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, children and adults, especially those who have special needs, experienced a major change in their daily routine. For the past several months, getting ready for school or for adult programs did not required leaving home. Instead students are receiving scheduled classroom sessions utilizing Zoom or another video communication tool by computer. There is no contact with peers, no face coverings or other COVID-19 health and safety adjustments required. Zoom like technology allows the viewing of the teachers and classmates on the screen while enabling interactive participation. This, in effect, becomes the student’s safe zone. Although parents and caregivers contemplate the eventual public regathering of their children or adults with special needs, there now exists a viable and hopefully temporary alternative. This “new normal” as its been described by some, offers continued emotional stability compared to the many adjustments that will be thrusted upon children or adults when they physically re-enter their school or work program facilities. If remaining at home is not an option, then parents and caregivers want to give serious thought to the support within the school or vocational programs that may be needed to help their loved ones adjust to the new practices. Paradigm Shift consultants are available to assist you in processing this information relative to your specific circumstances. Simply send an email or call to chat. You can find us at:
Julia Ann Brooks
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Safe to Ride? : Covid-19 Concerns


Transporting our children and adults with special needs is a major issue to address with regards to the covid-19 pandemic. If schools and work programs open up in the fall, many children and adults depend on public and community transportation companies to carry them to their designated places. Before the pandemic, there was probably little thought given to how these individuals entered a vehicle, took their seat (that was sometimes quite close to another passenger) and were carried off to their destinations. What will this transporting process look like now? Have parents and caregivers been notified by their school districts or the transportation company about the precautions for health and safety that are being planned? Before the fall reopening date, parents hopefully will have information addressing new policies and procedures for transporting their loved ones. These policies and procedures should answer such questions as:

   ·        How are drivers protecting themselves and their passengers?

   ·        What health and safety measures facilitating social distancing for passengers have been established?

·        Will there be available hand sanitizers and tissues with a location to dispose of them?

·        Will face coverings be required? If so, how will exceptions for children and or adults with special needs who have low tolerance to face coverings or other health challenges be serviced?

·        Will there be a bus monitor to assist with the health and safety processes implemented to ensure they are carried out?

There may be more questions to consider as you dialogue with representatives from your school district and community transportation companies. Paradigm Shift consultants are prepared to assist you as you explore these critical items regarding the health and safety of your loved ones. Just drop us an email or call to chat at:

Julia Ann Brooks
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              COVID-19 Pandemic: Are Schools and Adult Services Ready to Reopen?

Most schools and work programs serving children and adults with special needs in your state have been shut down for several months due to the covid-19 pandemic. So what can parents and caregivers of this vulnerable segment of our population expect from school officials if and when schools or work programs reopen this fall? Hopefully, information on reopening procedures will be clearly outlined stating how best health and safety practices will be applied. Some questions that parents or caregivers should consider, if not provided, include:

§  How frequent will classrooms, bathrooms and hallways be cleaned and disinfected?

§  How will classroom supplies be distributed?

§  How will classroom materials such as play dough, blocks, pencils, markers or computers be sanitized?

§  Will certain group hands on materials be removed?

§  How will classrooms or work areas be socially distanced for safety?

You may know other areas in your child’s classroom that need to be addressed. Take a moment to think about it. Paradigm Shift consultants are here to help you bounce some ideas around. Contact us by clicking onto the link to send a message or call to chat:

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