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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
British Sign Language Word Search
The Miracle Worker -- The Challenge
Accommodations Checklist
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
Characteristics of Effective Behavior Managers
What Teachers and Parents Should Know About Ritalin
Keys to Successful Inclusion
More Classroom Management & Discipline Resources

Assessment Accommodation

Introduction to Portfolios
Using Multiple Intelligences in Testing & Assessment
Types of Assessment Accommodation
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
Increasing Meaningful Access Through Comprehensible Input
Key Instructional Principles to Use with English-Language Learners
The Unique Challenges of Teaching English-Language Learners
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
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
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
Tally Sheet and Yes/No Chart
Teaching Children with ADD/ADHD
Managing the Classroom: Teaching Students with ADD
A Parent-Teacher's Guide to ADHD (K-12)
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Discussion Guide
Six Tips for Dealing with ADD Students
ADD: The Educational Evaluation
Reinforcement Questionnaire
ADD: The Educational Evaluation
ADHD and Children Who Are Gifted
Frequently Asked Questions on ADD/ADHD
Increasing Attention
Understanding the Purpose of School-Based Referral: ADD/ADHD
A Team Effort: Getting Help for Students with ADD
Planning for Success: Teaching Students with ADD
A Teacher's Identification Role: Getting Help for Students with ADD

Autism & Asperger's Resources

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

Gifted Students

Gifted but Learning Disabled: A Puzzling Paradox
Teaching Mathematics to Gifted Students in a Mixed-Ability Classroom
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
Working with Emotionally and Behaviorally Challenged Students
Structuring Lessons to Promote Learning from Materials
Mediated Scaffolding
Structuring Lessons for Diverse Learners -- Planning Pyramid
Scope of the Mathematics Curriculum
More Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities

Resources for Mental Health & Wellness

Fine Motor Skills
Death and the Grief Reaction Process
Intervention Strategies for Disaster
Crisis Intervention Information Centers
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
Helpful Hints for Reducing Stress During Test Taking
Bluefish Classroom Ideas

Resources for Reading & Language Arts

The Miracle Worker: Questions to Consider
Repeated Reading
The Miracle Worker: Synopsis, Ideas, and Writing Connections
Summer Reading for Teachers
Adapting Reading and Math Materials in the Inclusive Classroom
The Miracle Worker: Project Ideas
Fade-Out Lowercase Modern Cursive 'q' Activity
More Reading & Language Arts Resources

Mathematics Resources

Planning Pyramid for Multi-Level Mathematics Instruction
SIR RIGHT: A Strategy for Math Problem Solving
CMP2 for Students with Special Needs
Resourcing -- Time Log Analysis
Resourcing -- Being a Time Manager
Resourcing -- Time Log
High-Stakes Testing & Implications for Students with Learning Problems
Collaboration in Today's Math Classroom
Proofreading for Math
Holding a Fundraiser: Money for a Good Cause
Math in Today's Schools
Mathematical Dispositions
Encouraging Students with Learning Problems
National Mathematics Standards

Science Resources

Seeing Eye Dogs for the Blind

Social Studies

The IEP Cycle: The General Educator's Role
Conspicuous Strategies
Preparing for an IEP
The IEP Team Members
From the Great Wall to a Great Inclusive Classroom
White Cane Safety Day
Culturally Diverse Students with Learning Problems
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
Summary of the Six Principles of Effective Curriculum Design
More Teaching Methodology Resources


Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water Safety Month!

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.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

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.

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