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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
Structuring Lessons for Diverse Learners -- Planning Pyramid
Accommodations Checklist
SIR RIGHT: A Strategy for Math Problem Solving
More Special Needs Printables

Classroom Management & Discipline

Teaching Methods
Positive Descriptions of Student Behavior
Adaptations and Modifications for Students with Special Needs
How to Manage Disruptive Behavior in Inclusive Classrooms
What Teachers and Parents Should Know About Ritalin
Keys to Successful Inclusion
Characteristics of Effective Behavior Managers
More Classroom Management & Discipline Resources

Assessment Accommodation

Using Multiple Intelligences in Testing & Assessment
Introduction to Portfolios
Types of Assessment Accommodation
Assessment & Accommodation
IEPs and Beyond
Timing: Frequent Breaks
Grading Process Tips
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
Effective Instruction for English Language Learners with Mild Disabilities
Bilingual Special Education
Key Instructional Principles to Use with English-Language Learners
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
Questions About ADD Medication
ADD Diagnosis: The Multidisciplinary Approach
Hobbies and Special Talents/Interests for Children with ADD
Reinforcement 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

Modifying Instruction: Teaching Students with ADD
Teaching Strategies for Students with ADD/ADHD
ADD/ADHD Resources for Teachers
Tally Sheet and Yes/No Chart
Teaching Children with ADD/ADHD
Frequently Asked Questions on ADD/ADHD
Managing the Classroom: Teaching Students with ADD
What Can Teachers Do To Help a Child with AD/HD?
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Discussion Guide
Six Tips for Dealing with ADD Students
Planning for Success: Teaching Students with ADD
Topic Summary Sheet
ADD: The Educational Evaluation
Increasing Attention
ADHD and Children Who Are Gifted
Formal Assessment: Getting Help for Students with ADD
A Teacher's Identification Role: Getting Help for Students with ADD
Working Together with Families – Teaching Students with ADD
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
Peer Tutoring for Students with Autism
Mockingbird Discussion Guide
Antecedent Prompting Procedures for Students with Autism
Direct Skill Instruction 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
Crossover Children – LD and Gifted
The Crossover Profile
Gifted but Learning Disabled: A Puzzling Paradox
More Resources for Gifted & Learning Disabled Students

Learning & Developmental Disabilities

Children's Books About Disabilities
Scope of the Mathematics Curriculum
Proactive Measures for Behavior Management
Working with Emotionally and Behaviorally Challenged Students
Planning Pyramid for Multi-Level Mathematics Instruction
Symbolic and Non-symbolic information
Adapting Reading and Math Materials in the Inclusive Classroom
More Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities

Resources for Mental Health & Wellness

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

Resources for Reading & Language Arts

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

Mathematics Resources

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

Science Resources

Seeing Eye Dogs for the Blind
Summer Reading for Teachers

Social Studies

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