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Description: This site contains examples of visual curriculum accommodations and modifications that can be implemented in the classroom when working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). (Individualization and Support Services)
Description: A child may be found eligible for special education and related services as a child with autism if there is an adverse effect on the child's educational performance due to documented characteristics of autism. This site includes the following tools for educators, administrators and parents: Guidelines for Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Models of Best Practice in the Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Transition to...
Description: This site provides information on a comprehensive list of topics related to autism. There are hundreds of links and several categories to choose from to get lessons and free visuals for all activities in your classroom.
Description: ResourceSET is the new and improved home of our popular curriculumSET and pictureSET resources. Visit this area to download free activities, templates, visual supports and other educational materials to support your students’ learning needs. (AAC Boards, pictures)
Description: SEN Teacher has printables, specialist links, free software downloads and search tools for all types and levels of special and remedial education. SEN Teacher is also used by many parents and teachers of younger students and children without special needs. Most printable resources can be adapted to suit a variety of individual needs. All SEN Teacher resources are free to use at school and in the home. (AAC Resource)
Description: This practical guidebook gives non-mental health professionals a ready-to-use, start-to-finish linked system for identifying concerns and improving young children's social-emotional health. This book walks readers though the five-step intervention process called Activity-Based Intervention: Social Emotional (ABI:SE): screening, assessment, goal development, intervention, evaluation.
Description: In this research-based set of 45 video clips and accompanying materials, teacher-training professors, educational administration and supervision faculty from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute (CEPI) worked with K-12 educators to inform new teachers of effective classroom methods and best practices relating to 12 topics identified in a 2006 field study conducted by CEPI involving beginning teachers.
Description: Face-cards are a safe, easy to use resource for exploring feelings and the faces that go with them. Face-cards portray the ten most common emotion expressions. People on the autism spectrum use face-cards to identify and explain feelings. Face-cards are also used by teachers, parents and therapists with both children and adults across a range of abilitiies. Version 2.0 has iGaze,a simple therapeutic tool that may assist people with autism in developing eye contact skills.
Description: This resource packet created by Scott Marfilius includes information on Support in the Classroom, Universal Design for Learning Guidelines, Samples of Support Technology, Instructional Planning Matrix, Technology Tools for Support, Types of Assistive Technology Tools for Math, Accessibility Strategies to Consider and Math Resources.
Description: Videos, activities, and narratives will guide you through the process to learn about serving children with disabilities effectively. Topics include: Embedded Interventions, Transition, Communication to Collaboration, Family-Professional Partnerships, Assistive Technology, Dialogic Reading Practices, and Tiered Instruction. All of the modules are available in Spanish and Module 1 is also available in Portugese.
Description: The purpose of these guidelines is to provide resources and suggestions to enhance the provision of services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing in order to support their educational goals.
Description: This site offers free sample interactive stories to serve as a catalyst for writing instruction. Classroom subscriptions are available for purchase. (VAAP resource)
Description: This math resource includes: a number line, a fraction representation, a place value chart, a fraction, decimal and percent chart, a multiplication table and a listing of common conversions.
Description: This paper describes characteristics of programs developed for adolescents who are struggling with literacy. It references both a chart that was developed to compare and contrast those characteristics and a review guide that was created to help schools make principled decisions when choosing programs for use with their students.
Description: The Secondary Literacy Instruction and Intervention Guide: Helping School Districts Transform into Systems that Produce Life-Changing Results for All Children speaks to the critical need for a clear, coherent and replicable district-level model incorporating evidence-based and research-validated literacy resources to meet the differentiated needs of struggling adolescents. These tools and guide are designed around the context of the University of Kansas' Content Literacy Continuum (CLC) Model.
Description: Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas: Getting to the core of middle and high school improvement addresses one important way in which schools can and must improve the literacy instruction they provide to students in grades 4-12. More specifically, it focuses on reading and writing instruction in the academic content areas-particularly in the areas of math, science, English, and history- that comprise the heart of the secondary school curriculum. (adolescent literacy)
Description: This document is designed to help principals monitor and support adolescent literacy instruction in their schools more effectively. It provides a brief history of the classroom walk-through, a detailed explanation of an Adolescent Literacy Walk-through (ALWT) for grades 4-12 (including a section for reading interventions in grades 4-12) and brief descriptions of the elements of instruction which research suggests will improve overall student reading achievement. (Center on Instruction)
Description: This site is designed for kids ages 6-15. It includes Activity Lab, Game Station, Book Zone and Express Yourself. This site is provided by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit children's literacy organization.
Description: This article by Kristin Stanberry and Marshall H. Raskind will introduce parents to the role of AT in helping their children with LD. The better informed you are about AT, the greater the chances your child will experience success in school, in recreation and, eventually, at work. You will also want to learn how to choose AT tools that are reliable and to select technology that is tailored to your child's individual needs, abilities, and experience.
Description: The primary purpose of FACTER is to assess and teach students with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. FACTER addresses the ability to perform typical everyday "routines" while incorporating essential "related skills" for living. All people engage in a broad range of routines every day in their lives. For example, eating lunch, academic seatwork, socializing with friends, and going shopping are all naturally occurring daily routines. These routines can be task analyzed into a number...
Description: RTI is a comprehensive student-centered assessment and intervention model used to identify and address individual student difficulties before referral to special education. In using the RTI approach, students receive research-based intervention and assessment. Rather than waiting for a student to fail, interventions and assessments are designed to meet the needs of each student with individualized instruction.
Description: We are a small staff of researchers and special educators who work for the Oregon Institute on Disability and Development, a program of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. We specialize in developing effective assessment and teaching strategies for children and adults with low-incidence disabilities. We have special expertise in addressing the educational needs of children who are deaf-blind and children with autism spectrum disorders. Our approaches and...
Description: Tangible Symbol Systems are designed for people who are unable to understand the meaning of the abstract symbols used in formal language systems. The 55-page illustrated manual shows how to teach individuals to communicate using tangible symbols: objects or pictures that represent items, people and events in their daily lives. This product describes instructional strategies appropriate for a broad range of learners of all ages who are unable to communicate using speech, manual sign language or...
Description: This web site is a "joint collaboration between Ball State University and Paws, Inc. Its mission is to encourage children to explore academically sound literacy activities and provide them with tools to express themselves through creative writing programs. It is an internet destination that is free, safe, and fun!" There are all kinds of activities for kids to participate in to show their talents and abilities. Teachers will find lesson plans, curricula, and printable materials in the Teacher's...
Description: Start-to-Finish Library (from Don Johnson) offers your struggling readers a wide selection of age-appropriate narrative chapter books written at two readability levels and delivered in three media formats. Students accomplish several goals with this unique series; they practice reading fluently and with comprehension using multiple text and electronic supports, while accessing the curriculum’s required topics, genres and literature. In Internet Explorer, if the product videos will not play...
Description: Expanded to include connections to Common Core State Standards, as well as NCTM standards, this critically acclaimed book will help every teacher and coach to meet the challenges of differentiating mathematics instruction in the K–8 classroom. In this bestseller, math education expert Marian Small explains two powerful and universal strategies that teachers can use across all math content: Open Questions and Parallel Tasks. (Differentiation)
Description: This site has a collection of interactive phonics flashcards and phonics worksheet generators. The flashcards include uppercase and lowercase letters. The worksheet maker produces printable activity sheets. (reading)
Description: This site includes phonics worksheets, free printable phonics workbooks for kids, ESL, or adult literacy programs with an additional section of free online phonics games from Fun Fonix!
Description: Foundational Skills for Young Readers This proven Phonics program provides explicit instruction and abundant practice for phonemic awareness, alphabetic knowledge, decoding skills, sound-symbol correspondences, and manipulating and building words. (This program must be purchased.) You will: Use a variety of learning opportunities— traditional, hands-on, and online—to makes sure all students have a strong foundation for reading Inform instruction with multiple, grade-appropriate...
Description: Apply the principles of universal design for learning to transition for students with disabilities with this groundbreaking guidebook. Schools across the country already use universal design for learning to improve all students' access to the general curriculum and tap each learner's individual strengths—and now they'll have a practical book that takes this powerful teaching approach one step further for students approaching the transition to adult life. Transition specialists and...
Description: Firelight books has a variety of "Wheels" that give teachers time-tested strategies for increasing student performance. (The wheels need to be purchased.) Modification Wheel Intervention Strategies Wheel Multisensory Teaching/Learning Styles Wheel Roots and Affixes Wheel Terrific Teaching Strategies English Language Arts Wheel Terrific Teaching Strategies Math Wheel Terrific Teaching Strategies Science Wheel Terrific Teaching Strategies Social Studies Wheel
Description: I want to introduce myself. I’m Mrs. Houghton, and I’m “The Reading Lady.” As an educator and reading specialist, I created The Reading Lady to help children learn to read and to impart my love of reading. Reading is an adventure that changes with each new book. It is a journey that you can take over and over again. I would like to share my background as an educator. I’ve been a reading specialist for over 20 years, and an educator for 26 years. I have my Masters in...
Description: SOLO, from Don Johnston Incorporated, is a software tool that includes word prediction, a text reader, graphic organizer and talking word processor—putting students in charge of their own learning and accommodations. Students of varying ages and abilities have access to, and make progress in, the general education curriculum. This is designed for students in ability level grades 3-9 and interest level grades 3-12.
Description: Teachers around the world use Starfall.com and Starfall high-quality educational products as an inexpensive way to make the classroom more fun and inspire a love of reading and writing. Parents use Starfall to prepare their children for school, and to support them once they are there. Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children. Primarily designed for first grade, Starfall is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade.
Description: AdLit.org is a national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers (grades 4-12). The Hot Topics in Adolescent Literacy section is available in Spanish.
Description: This section offers both research and practice information on fostering successful reading practices in adolescent students. A section with research-based strategies that offers examples and advice is included as well as information on reading behaviors. Research papers and bibliographies for aspects of literacy are also available.
Description: This site includes the following for educators: Lesson Plans, Free Professional Resources and Art Techniques.
Description: Dinah Zike is known for designing hands-on manipulatives that are used nationally and internationally by teachers, parents, and educational publishing companies. (Foldables are three-dimensional, interactive graphic organizers.) This site provides some samples and an online catalog of books, videos, etc.
Description: The U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences (IES), What Works Clearinghouse WWC) developed the practice guide: Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices. This guide presents strategies that classroom teachers and specialists can use to increase the reading ability of adolescent students. The recommendations aim to help students gain more from their reading tasks, improve their motivation for and engagement in the learning process, and...
Description: In the primary grades, students with reading difficulties may need intervention to prevent future reading failure. This guide offers specific recommendations to help educators identify students in need of intervention and implement evidence-based interventions to promote their reading achievement. This practice guide was published by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
Description: Reading software has transformed instruction for struggling learners and students with disabilities. Since different reading software applications contain different features, it is important that students are matched with software that best meets their specific needs. LD Online has identified five web-based resources that contain detailed information on reading software programs and address specific needs of students with special needs in reading. The following overview provides a synopsis of...
Description: These resources include web links for science, including biology, physics and chemistry.
Description: Graphic organizers are an essential tool for teachers to use in the classroom especially for reading, writing, and understanding concepts. Kids love being able to visualize new materials. The topic organizers (ranging from 3-8 topics) can be used for brainstorming and organizing everything from creative writing, to essays, to character development for stories. Pyramid charts and tree diagrams are best for demonstrating hierarchical relationships or for breaking down topics into their less...
Description: Welcome to the Hands on Banking® program! Want to take charge of your own finances and reach your goals? Just pick your age group and get started! Whether you want to build your credit, your investments, or your own small business; invest in the market, a home, or higher education; shop for a loan, buy a car, or open your first bank accounts, the Hands on Banking program offers all the basic money tools, skills, and information you need. This site has courses for Kids, Teens, Young Adults,...
Description: A manual put together for new teachers as well as mentors and other veteran teachers. It is an informative guide related to a variety of issues and good practices that teachers need to be successful in the classroom.
Description: Levels 1 and 2 cover the following topic areas: Solar System, Universe, Space Stuff and Glossary. You can choose to have the pages read to you. This site is intended for students in grades K through 8. (Science, Astronomy)
Description: ReadingQuest is designed to provide you with the philosophical bases for sound comprehension strategy instruction, directions for a range of comprehension and content reading strategies, and printable handouts and masters for transparencies. This website has strategies for reading, writing, organizing, discussion and vocabulary in Social Studies (and all subjects!).
Description: Information to help students achieve progressive levels of mastery so that they may communicate effectively in English and, ultimately, participate fully in society and the world of work. This site includes: Curriculum Frameworks (Blueprints for implementing the content standards adopted by the California State Board of Education), Instructional Materials (Information and resources for instructional materials), Recommended Literature (Collection of outstanding literature for children and...