Quality Distance Learning for Students with Special Needs

The Help Group has a long-standing history of offering innovative programming in the field of special education, autism services, mental health treatment, family support and training throughout Southern California. With the onset of COVID-19, the schools and programs of The Help Group harnessed this expertise and quickly pivoted to distance learning and remote services. Transitioning its education, clinical and enrichment programs to a virtual platform was challenging and exciting. There were no evidence-based models for offering specialized day school classes, afterschool enrichment, and life skills coaching virtually. In the process, many lessons were learned. Hear from the experts how they created a successful model for distance learning and remote services for this unique population, hear about its successes including reaching children in more than a dozen states outside of California, and become informed about the long-term implications they forecast this model will have in serving young people with special needs.

This is a free webinar and is open to parents, educators, mental health professionals, and the general public. All are welcome.


Dr. Jason Bolton, Vice President of Community Partnerships & Admissions


Dr. Laurie Stephens, Senior Director of Autism Programs

Keri Borzello, Senior Director of Help Group Schools & Head of School of Summit View

Dr. Ellis Crasnow, Director of STEM3 Academy Chris Johnson

School Parent Key Takeaways

  1. How to address the unique needs of young people with challenges through an on-line platform
  2. Identify the subset of young people who benefit from this modality and better understand why
  3. Hear about the positive impact virtual programming can have on academic, social and emotional functioning

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