Classroom, Remote, or Hybrid? May Institute Offers Tips to Help Parents Address Back-to-school Transitions for Neurotypical Children and Those with Special Needs


Randolph, Mass. – Whether children have returned to in-school classrooms, are learning remotely at home, or are doing a combination of both, the 2020-2021school year promises to be a constantly changing and challenging experience during the ongoing pandemic. This is true for neurotypical students, for those with special needs, and for their families. 

Many students who started the school year in a classroom just a few weeks ago have already returned home to learn remotely because a teacher or classmate has tested positive for the coronavirus.

To help parents and other caregivers support children as they adjust to changing models and methods for learning, Dr. Whitney Kleinert, Director of School Consultation at May Institute, offers advice about how to:

  • Set up a home learning space;
  • Prepare students for changes they may encounter at school;
  • Make and follow a flexible schedule; and 
  • Encourage children to share their worries and concerns. 

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May Institute is a nonprofit organization that is a national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis, serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. Founded 65 years ago, we provide a wide range of exceptional educational and rehabilitative services across the lifespan. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit

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