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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
Weekly Point Chart
Helen Keller
Effective Accommodations for IEPs
Accommodations Checklist
Making Adaptations for Disabled Students
Structuring Lessons for Diverse Learners -- Planning Pyramid
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
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
Accommodations Checklist
Judicious Review
More Assessment Accommodation Resources

Resources for English-Language Learners

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

Behavior Modification

Social Skills and Autism
Socially Inappropriate Behaviors

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
Teaching Children with ADD/ADHD
What Can Teachers Do To Help a Child with AD/HD?
Increasing Attention
Managing the Classroom: Teaching Students with ADD
Understanding the Purpose of School-Based Referral: ADD/ADHD
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Discussion Guide
Frequently Asked Questions on ADD/ADHD
Six Tips for Dealing with ADD Students
ADD and ADHD
A Parent-Teacher's Guide to ADHD (K-12)
A Teacher's Identification Role: Getting Help for Students with ADD
ADHD and Children Who Are Gifted
Increase in ADD/ADHD?
ADHD: School Issues and Interventions
ADHD: Meeting the Challenge
Collecting Educationally Useful Information for Students with ADD
Planning for Success: Teaching Students with ADD

Autism & Asperger's Resources

Social Skills and Autism
Considerations for Social Interaction with Autistic Students
Mockingbird Discussion Guide
Promoting Social Development for Students with Autism
Peer Tutoring for Students with Autism
Peer Initiation Strategies for Students with Autism
Direct Skill Instruction 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
Working with Emotionally and Behaviorally Challenged Students
Proactive Measures for Behavior Management
Social Skills and Autism
Scope of the Mathematics Curriculum
Planning Pyramid for Multi-Level Mathematics Instruction
Structuring Lessons to Promote Learning from Materials
More Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities

Resources for Mental Health & Wellness

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

Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Repeated Reading
Adapting Reading and Math Materials in the Inclusive Classroom
Learning Disabilities: Glossary of Terms
SIR RIGHT: A Strategy for Math Problem Solving
Sensory Imaging
Summer Reading for Teachers
Resourcing -- Being a Communicator/Collaborator
More Reading & Language Arts Resources

Mathematics Resources

SIR RIGHT: A Strategy for Math Problem Solving
Mathematical Dispositions
National Mathematics Standards
CMP2 for Students with Special Needs
Math in Today's Schools
Collaboration in Today's Math Classroom
Resourcing -- Being a Time Manager
High-Stakes Testing & Implications for Students with Learning Problems
Resourcing -- Time Log
Resourcing -- Time Log Analysis
Encouraging Students with Learning Problems
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
From the Great Wall to a Great Inclusive Classroom
Culturally Diverse Students with Learning Problems
Death and the Grief Reaction Process
White Cane Safety Day
What to Include in an IEP
More Social Studies Resources

Resources for Handicapped Students

Social Skills and Autism
Educating Children Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

Teaching Methodology

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

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