Supporting Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families During a Pandemic

Date of Award

Fall 12-18-2020

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Shirley Johnson; Marci Glessner


The year 2020 is a year like no other. Teachers are working hard to deliver different learning models to best meet the students’ needs and also the family’s needs. This project focused on four important components of classroom management while teaching during a pandemic. Having parent involvement is critical when students are spending much more time at home during distance learning. Although the classrooms look different this year due to being socially distanced, that does not stop teachers from being able to create a safe and respectful environment for the students to feel safe and a sense of belonging. Routines in early childhood settings are important for helping provide students with comfort and a sense of safety. Early Childhood teachers must also help students learn positive responsible behaviors. Teachers are focusing more on social emotional skills while using a variety of instructional strategies to help increase those skills during distance learning. Even though teaching during a pandemic may seem hard at times, teachers are using evidence-based practices to effectively teach students in early childhood settings.

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