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Special needs students struggle to adapt to on-screen, hands-off learning amid pandemic

Miami Herald

Virtual schooling is in place for the 275,000 students and 20,000 teachers of the nation’s fourth-largest district. For students enrolled in Exceptional Student Education or ESE programs with a wide range of disorders and disabilities, adjustments are tough. “The pressures are double and triple on these kids, who are not as adaptable as neuro-typical kids,” said Dr. Jeffrey Brosco, a pediatrician and professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Miami Health System and Miller School of Medicine and associate director of the Mailman Center for Child Development. “Schools provide the one-on-one, face-to-face, high-touch interventions they need. The structure and therapists are in place.”


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