Addressing Regression and Recoupment by Dr. Yell

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Covid-19 and Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Addressing Regression and Recoupment

Presented by: Dr. Mitchell Yell         Hosted by: FAU CARD

The COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge to all of education but students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) face additional challenges and hardships during the COVID-19 quarantine. All students have probably regressed on their skills and abilities but many will likely recoup much of what they have lost within a relatively short period of time; this may not be the case with students with ASD. Regression and recoupment will be a significant issue that needs to be addressed by students individualized program (IEP) teams. In this presentation, Dr. Yell will address these issues. He will also address how student’s educational programs, as represented in their IEPs. During these difficult times, administrators, educators, and parents need to review and possibly revise students' IEPs. A focus on progress monitoring is extremely important, as is frequent communication and collaboration to help students with ASD succeed.

Participants will be able to:

1: Participants will understand the importance of monitoring students’ progress during the pandemic

2: Participants will understand the importance of (a) examining student regression in skills and abilities and (b) monitoring recoupment of these skills and abilities.

3: Participants will understand the importance of collaboratively updated students’ individualized education programs (IEPs) and revising when students have regressed and failed to recoup lost skills and abilities.

About the Presenter

Mitchell L. Yell, Ph.D., is the Fred and Francis Lester Palmetto Chair in Teacher Education and a Professor in Special Education at the University of South Carolina. He earned his Ph.D. in special education from the University of Minnesota. His professional interests include special education law, IEP development, progress monitoring, and parent involvement in special education. Dr. Yell has published 132 journal articles, 6 textbooks, 34 book chapters, and has conducted numerous workshops on various aspects of special education law, classroom management, and progress monitoring. His textbook, Special Education and the Law, is in its 5th edition. Dr. Yell also serves as a State-level due process review officer in South Carolina. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Yell was a special education teacher in Minnesota for 14 years.


The FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) provides expert consulting, training and support, at no charge, for people with autism and related disabilities, their families and the professionals serving them. FAU CARD’s goal is to optimize the potential of the individuals we serve by helping them become valued members of their communities, enabling them to learn, work, communicate and socialize. If an accommodation(s) for a disability is required, please call 561-297-2055 or e-mail us at, a minimum of 5 working days in advance of the date of the event. As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, we have had to rely on the community for support. Help us provide free support and assistance to people with autism and related disabilities. To donate to FAU CARD visit: 

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