Though the transition to online learning during the pandemic has been hard for most, one group of students in particular has found it to be especially difficult.

Students with disabilities like ADD or ADHD, like as LSU senior Mandy Stoute who has both, typically have trouble focusing in a standard classroom setting. And with classes now taught remotely over Zoom, it's never been harder to focus on schoolwork.

“It was like way harder to just sit there in one spot in my room where I’m usually used to relaxing, and sleeping, and having my own personal time,” Stoute says.

School counselors such as Mrs. Renee North have witnessed firsthand these difficulties that students and teachers trying to help these struggling individuals are facing.

“They’re just not getting that one on one instruction from teachers or classroom intervention, and I feel or I hear the feedback from some of my parents and teachers that it is very challenging,” North says.

Psychologists such as Lafayette’s Dr. Amy Cavenaugh, who is a clinical and medical psychologist, discusses ways of helping these students during this stressful time.

“Well I think helping these students not to feel so isolated, reaching out to them you know making sure that teachers are aware of what students have disabilities in their classes and what accommodations are supposed to be available,” Cavanaugh says.

With the pandemic still ongoing and virtual learning being very necessary, many hope to see improvements in the education system’s protocol in accommodating these students with disabilities’ needs.