Extended School Year (ESY)is a program which may provide a disabled child with services during the summer months. ESY programming should be offered to a student who regresses significantly in academic, social and/or related skills that are outlined in that child's Individualized Educational Program when the child is out of school for an extended period of time.  Like most other special education programs, extended School Year varies from state to state and even from school to school. While others test for regression throughout the school year, some schools test for regression during winter break.  Some schools offer virtually all autistic children some form of ESY; others are willing to go to court over the question of whether ESY is appropriate. It's important to note that ESY programs are developed differently by each school district.  They vary dramatically in scope, style and quality as a result.  However, ESY programs are school based, involve relatively little recreational activity, and last for only a few weeks in general. It may be possible to get ESY funding for inclusion in typical or specialized summer camps which cater specifically to children with autism spectrum disorders (or which, alternatively, offer your child an opportunity for appropriate inclusion), depending upon your child's needs and abilities (and on your school district).


Extended School Year (ESY) is a way to keep progress going for children who would regress without school over a long summer break.  ESY may involve actual school classes; speech, physical or occupational therapy; payment for private speech, physical or occupational therapy; programs out-of-district; or other arrangements specified in the IEP, which is provision of it. The general standard applied when determining a student's need for ESY is whether that student will regress significantly without services, or will require a longer than usual time to recoup lost skills when school starts again in the fall. Regression and recoupment are not the only criteria for ESY eligibility though, despite what your district may tell you, though. During the year (as when a therapist is out for a long period without replacement), or severe disability, other possible reasons for providing ESY services may be a lack of progress toward goals, services missed. Unless you can prove your child's going to regress over those months off, you may not be able to get it, although (ESY) is a helpful summer program for children in special education. You can still keep the learning going at home, though. Kids are going to fuss about doing academics over summer vacation, but they may object less if they've got company in their suffering. To see in case they're looking for summer enrichment also, check with the parents of other students in your child's class or special-education track. You have someone with whom to put that work together and banding together means that your child has someone to do work with. You can do all the teaching yourself, or take turns with the parents of those other students if you've got 'em.