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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
Accommodations Checklist
Making Adaptations for Disabled Students
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
What Teachers and Parents Should Know About Ritalin
The IEP Cycle: The General Educator's Role
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
Timing: Extended Time
IEPs and Beyond
ADD: The Educational Evaluation
More Assessment Accommodation Resources

Resources for English-Language Learners

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

Behavior Modification

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

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
Frequently Asked Questions on ADD/ADHD
Increasing Attention
Teaching Children with ADD/ADHD
Working Together with Families – Teaching Students with ADD
Formal Assessment: Getting Help for Students with ADD
Understanding the Purpose of School-Based Referral: ADD/ADHD
ADHD and Children Who Are Gifted
Six Tips for Dealing with ADD Students
A Teacher's Identification Role: Getting Help for Students with ADD
Collecting Educationally Useful Information for Students with ADD
A Team Effort: Getting Help for Students with ADD
Planning for Success: Teaching Students with ADD
Managing the Classroom: Teaching Students with ADD
Reinforcement Questionnaire
A Parent-Teacher's Guide to ADHD (K-12)
Increase in ADD/ADHD?

Autism & Asperger's Resources

Antecedent Prompting Procedures for Students with Autism
Considerations for Social Interaction with Autistic Students
Mockingbird Discussion Guide
Peer Initiation Strategies for Students with Autism
Direct Skill Instruction for Students with Autism
Promoting Social Development for Students with Autism
Peer Tutoring 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
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
Working with Emotionally and Behaviorally Challenged Students
Proactive Measures for Behavior Management
Planning Pyramid for Multi-Level Mathematics Instruction
Adapting Instructional Materials -- Providing Direct Assistance
Mediated Scaffolding
More Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities

Resources for Mental Health & Wellness

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

Resources for Reading & Language Arts

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

Mathematics Resources

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

Science Resources

Seeing Eye Dogs for the Blind
Summer Reading for Teachers

Social Studies

Conspicuous Strategies
From the Great Wall to a Great Inclusive Classroom
The Miracle Worker: Project Ideas
Culturally Diverse Students with Learning Problems
White Cane Safety Day
The IEP Team Members
What to Include in an IEP
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
Keys to Successful Inclusion
More Teaching Methodology Resources

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