California’s special-needs kids regressed during pandemic | #specialneeds | #kids

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Many parents report that their special-needs students have gone backward in development during the the pandemic-isolating past year.

One year after schools shuttered, the fears of many parents of California’s special-needs students have been realized. 

Many of those students — whose disabilities can range from autism to deafness, and most of whom have gone more than a year without in-person services such as speech therapy — appear to have regressed physically and academically.

“No one is publicly saying, ‘Hey guys, all hands on deck, we need to rally around these kids, we can’t let them fail,’” said Lisa Mosko, director of advocacy for special education and education for Speak Up, a Los Angeles-based parent advocacy group.  

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