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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.


Daily Point Chart
Weekly Point Chart
Effective Accommodations for IEPs
Helen Keller
Accommodations Checklist
Structuring Lessons for Diverse Learners -- Planning Pyramid
Homework Sheet
More Special Needs Printables

Classroom Management & Discipline

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

Assessment Accommodation

Introduction to Portfolios
Using Multiple Intelligences in Testing & Assessment
IEPs and Beyond
Types of Assessment Accommodation
Assessment & Accommodation
Grading Process Tips
Assessment Accommodations Glossary
More Assessment Accommodation Resources

Resources for English-Language Learners

What Is Comprehensible Input?
English-Language Learners
Teaching English-Language Learners with Learning Difficulties
The Unique Challenges of Teaching English-Language Learners
Key Instructional Principles to Use with English-Language Learners
Bilingual Special Education
Effective Instruction for English Language Learners with Mild Disabilities
More Classroom Management & Discipline Resources

Behavior Modification

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

Educational Technology

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

ADD/ADHD Resources

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

Autism & Asperger's Resources

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

Gifted Students

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

Learning & Developmental Disabilities

Children's Books About Disabilities
Scope of the Mathematics Curriculum
SIR RIGHT: A Strategy for Math Problem Solving
Planning Pyramid for Multi-Level Mathematics Instruction
Structuring Lessons to Promote Learning from Materials
Adapting Reading and Math Materials in the Inclusive Classroom
Adapting Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science for the Inclusive Classroom
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
Death and the Grief Reaction Process
Impact of Disruption on Students with Exceptionalities
Impact of Disaster on Students with Exceptionalities
Relationship Between Crisis and Special Education
Reinforcement Questionnaire
Bluefish Classroom Ideas
Helpful Hints for Reducing Stress During Test Taking
Crisis Intervention Information Centers

Resources for Reading & Language Arts

The Miracle Worker -- The Challenge
Repeated Reading
The Miracle Worker: Synopsis, Ideas, and Writing Connections
Learning Disabilities: Glossary of Terms
The Miracle Worker: Project Ideas
The Miracle Worker: Questions to Consider
Sensory Imaging
More Reading & Language Arts Resources

Mathematics Resources

Resourcing -- Time Log
CMP2 for Students with Special Needs
Mathematical Dispositions
Encouraging Students with Learning Problems
Resourcing -- Being a Time Manager
Resourcing -- Time Log Analysis
Collaboration in Today's Math Classroom
High-Stakes Testing & Implications for Students with Learning Problems
Math in Today's Schools
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
Preparing for an IEP
Conspicuous Strategies
Culturally Diverse Students with Learning Problems
The IEP Cycle
From the Great Wall to a Great Inclusive Classroom
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
Keys to Successful Inclusion
Frequently Asked Questions on Inclusion
More Teaching Methodology Resources

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