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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
Helen Keller
Effective Accommodations for IEPs
The Miracle Worker -- The Challenge
Structuring Lessons for Diverse Learners -- Planning Pyramid
Accommodations Checklist
More Special Needs Printables

Classroom Management & Discipline

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

Assessment Accommodation

Introduction to Portfolios
Types of Assessment Accommodation
Using Multiple Intelligences in Testing & Assessment
Assessment & Accommodation
IEPs and Beyond
Judicious Review
Timing: Frequent Breaks
More Assessment Accommodation Resources

Resources for English-Language Learners

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

Behavior Modification

Social Skills and Autism
Socially Inappropriate Behaviors
Questions About ADD Medication
ADD Diagnosis: The Multidisciplinary Approach
Reinforcement for Children with ADD
ADD: Working with Your School
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
Tally Sheet and Yes/No Chart
Teaching Children with ADD/ADHD
Six Tips for Dealing with ADD Students
A Parent-Teacher's Guide to ADHD (K-12)
Managing the Classroom: Teaching Students with ADD
What Can Teachers Do To Help a Child with AD/HD?
Increasing Attention
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Discussion Guide
ADHD and Children Who Are Gifted
A Teacher's Identification Role: Getting Help for Students with ADD
A Team Effort: Getting Help for Students with ADD
Formal Assessment: Getting Help for Students with ADD
Topic Summary Sheet
Frequently Asked Questions on ADD/ADHD
Understanding the Purpose of School-Based Referral: ADD/ADHD
Collecting Educationally Useful Information 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
Direct Skill Instruction for Students with Autism
Mockingbird Discussion Guide
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
Gifted but Learning Disabled: A Puzzling Paradox
The Crossover Profile
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
Symbolic and Non-symbolic information
Mediated Scaffolding
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
Death and the Grief Reaction Process
Impact of Death on Students with Exceptionalities
Relationship Between Crisis and Special Education
Impact of Disaster on Students with Exceptionalities
Intervention Strategies for Disaster
Crisis Intervention Information Centers
Impact of Disruption on Students with Exceptionalities
Helpful Hints for Reducing Stress During Test Taking
Reinforcement Questionnaire
Bluefish Classroom Ideas

Resources for Reading & Language Arts

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

Mathematics Resources

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

Science Resources

Seeing Eye Dogs for the Blind

Social Studies

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

Resources for Handicapped Students

Educating Children Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
White Cane Safety Day

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
Summary of the Six Principles of Effective Curriculum Design
More Teaching Methodology Resources
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Children's Choice Book Awards
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April Calendar of Events
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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.

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.