Parents described the heart-wrenching difficulty of trying to get children who receive special education services to sit in front of a computer for school and therapy. Many of the parents The Post interviewed said the virtual learning coupled with the disruptive schedules has left their children feeling helpless and agitated. Some children who struggle with expressing themselves have started lashing out by scratching their bodies, banging their heads against the wall and smashing devices, parents and education advocates said. This is a very challenging time for them. Olsheski said her 7-year-old son has broken a number of devices and has even started hurting himself. Like many parents, she is struggling to juggle the demands of her job plus learning how to fill the role of a para-professional. Her son is in third grade in the Horizon program at a Queens public school. There are more meltdowns. There is an inability to work through problems and he is just angry and more sad. She said her son was diagnosed with a weak core and has difficulty writing, holding a fork and sitting still. Fourth grader Ryan Ajdinaj attends a District 75 school in the Bronx and refuses to attend school online. He just starts laughing to get out of the situation. Ryan is autistic and has ADHD. Parents of special-needs kids fear long-term consequences of remote learning in NYC. Author : Lorena Mongelli. The DOE did not immediately return requests for comment. Maddox Olsheski speaks to the local news amid the protests. James Messerschmidt. Up Next.
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