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Special Needs – Teacher Resources

Inform yourself about curriculum strategies and classroom management for students with different learning needs. We have resources on everything you need to know about teaching special needs students effectively. You'll find information for teaching students with ADHD, Autism, Asperger's, Giftedness, and Handicaps. We'll help you figure out ways to create an inclusive classroom, adapt and supplement your classroom materials, make assessment accommodations, and provide you with other useful tips.

Printables

Daily Point Chart
British Sign Language Word Search
Weekly Point Chart
Effective Accommodations for IEPs
Helen Keller
Structuring Lessons for Diverse Learners -- Planning Pyramid
The Miracle Worker -- The Challenge
More Special Needs Printables

Classroom Management & Discipline

Teaching Methods
Adaptations and Modifications for Students with Special Needs
Positive Descriptions of Student Behavior
How to Manage Disruptive Behavior in Inclusive Classrooms
Keys to Successful Inclusion
Working with Emotionally and Behaviorally Challenged Students
Characteristics of Effective Behavior Managers
More Classroom Management & Discipline Resources

Assessment Accommodation

Introduction to Portfolios
Using Multiple Intelligences in Testing & Assessment
Types of Assessment Accommodation
Assessment & Accommodation
IEPs and Beyond
Accommodations Checklist
Judicious Review
More Assessment Accommodation Resources

Resources for English-Language Learners

What Is Comprehensible Input?
Teaching English-Language Learners with Learning Difficulties
Key Instructional Principles to Use with English-Language Learners
Bilingual Special Education
The Unique Challenges of Teaching English-Language Learners
Increasing Meaningful Access Through Comprehensible Input
English-Language Learners
More Classroom Management & Discipline Resources

Behavior Modification

Social Skills and Autism
Socially Inappropriate Behaviors
Reinforcement for Children with ADD
ADD: Working with Your School
ADD Diagnosis: The Multidisciplinary Approach
Questions About ADD Medication
Hobbies and Special Talents/Interests for Children with ADD

Educational Technology

Assistive Technology for Students with Mild Disabilities
Response: Math Tools
Response: Technology
Inclusion vs Special Ed Classes

ADD/ADHD Resources

Teaching Strategies for Students with ADD/ADHD
Modifying Instruction: Teaching Students with ADD
ADD/ADHD Resources for Teachers
What Teachers and Parents Should Know About Ritalin
A Parent-Teacher's Guide to ADHD (K-12)
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Discussion Guide
Teaching Children with ADD/ADHD
Managing the Classroom: Teaching Students with ADD
Six Tips for Dealing with ADD Students
What Can Teachers Do To Help a Child with AD/HD?
Tally Sheet and Yes/No Chart
ADD and ADHD
ADHD and Children Who Are Gifted
A Teacher's Identification Role: Getting Help for Students with ADD
Collecting Educationally Useful Information for Students with ADD
Formal Assessment: Getting Help for Students with ADD
Working Together with Families – Teaching Students with ADD
Frequently Asked Questions on ADD/ADHD
Understanding the Purpose of School-Based Referral: ADD/ADHD
A Team Effort: Getting Help for Students with ADD

Autism & Asperger's Resources

Considerations for Social Interaction with Autistic Students
Peer Initiation Strategies for Students with Autism
Promoting Social Development for Students with Autism
Mockingbird Discussion Guide
Direct Skill Instruction for Students with Autism
Peer Tutoring for Students with Autism
Antecedent Prompting Procedures for Students with Autism
Al Capone Does My Shirts & Al Capone Shines My Shoes Discussion Guide

Gifted Students

Teaching Mathematics to Gifted Students in a Mixed-Ability Classroom
The Crossover Profile
Gifted but Learning Disabled: A Puzzling Paradox
Crossover Children – LD and Gifted
More Resources for Gifted & Learning Disabled Students

Learning & Developmental Disabilities

Children's Books About Disabilities
Proactive Measures for Behavior Management
Structuring Lessons to Promote Learning from Materials
Mediated Scaffolding
Adapting Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science for the Inclusive Classroom
Adapting Reading and Math Materials in the Inclusive Classroom
Planning Pyramid for Multi-Level Mathematics Instruction
More Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities

Resources for Mental Health & Wellness

Fine Motor Skills
Intervention Strategies for Disaster
Impact of Death on Students with Exceptionalities
Impact of Disaster on Students with Exceptionalities
Relationship Between Crisis and Special Education
Impact of Disruption on Students with Exceptionalities
Death and the Grief Reaction Process
Paralympics
Bluefish Classroom Ideas
Crisis Intervention Information Centers
Helpful Hints for Reducing Stress During Test Taking
Reinforcement Questionnaire

Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Repeated Reading
The Miracle Worker: Synopsis, Ideas, and Writing Connections
The Miracle Worker: Questions to Consider
The Miracle Worker: Project Ideas
Learning Disabilities: Glossary of Terms
SIR RIGHT: A Strategy for Math Problem Solving
Explaining Assessment Accommodations to Families: Spanish Version
More Reading & Language Arts Resources

Mathematics Resources

Scope of the Mathematics Curriculum
CMP2 for Students with Special Needs
Collaboration in Today's Math Classroom
High-Stakes Testing & Implications for Students with Learning Problems
Resourcing -- Time Log Analysis
Resourcing -- Being a Time Manager
Resourcing -- Time Log
Math in Today's Schools
Mathematical Dispositions
Encouraging Students with Learning Problems
National Mathematics Standards
Proofreading for Math
Holding a Fundraiser: Money for a Good Cause

Science Resources

Summer Reading for Teachers
Seeing Eye Dogs for the Blind

Social Studies

The IEP Cycle: The General Educator's Role
Conspicuous Strategies
Culturally Diverse Students with Learning Problems
What to Include in an IEP
From the Great Wall to a Great Inclusive Classroom
Preparing for an IEP
White Cane Safety Day
More Social Studies Resources

Resources for Handicapped Students

Educating Children Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

Teaching Methodology

Teaching Students with Special Needs
Collaboration Between General and Special Education Teachers
Students with Exceptionalities
Effective Teaching Strategies
Inclusion Resources
Frequently Asked Questions on Inclusion
Strategic Integration
More Teaching Methodology Resources

Highlights

Videos
Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: National Music Week (5/3-10), Teacher Appreciation Week (5/4-8), Children's Book Week (5/4-10), Mother's Day (5/10), Transportation Week (5/10-16), Biographers Day (5/16), Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water Safety Month!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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