Special Education Sitemap - Page 2 2016-09-26

Teaching Life Skills in the Classroom
Teaching life skills in the classroom. Five critical areas where a life skills curriculum can be put in place in school.

Learning Disability in Writing
Warning signs for writing disabilities, also known as dysgraphia.

Learning Disability in Math
Warning Signs for Mathematics Disabilities, Also Known as Dyscalculia.

Multiply Disabled, Multiply Handicapped Students
Multiply disabled students in the classroom. Identify children with multiple disabilities and discover educational opportunities.

How to Resolve and Solve Problems
This seven step process helps teachers and students learn to collaborate in solving interpersonal a behavioral problems in the special ed classroom.

Augmentative or Alternative Communication for Disabled Students
Learn how Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems enable disabled people to communicate effectively.

Understand Inappropriate Behavior, Suggestions for Teachers
Understanding behavior and changing it. Dealing with bad behaviors in the classroom.

Diagnosing a Reader at Risk
Diagnosing a Reader at Risk. Finding struggling readers in your classroom.

Teaching Students with Poor Listening Skills
Strategies for teaching students with auditory processing delays in an inclusion classroom.

Flash Card Word Recognition Skills for Dyslexia
Step by step guide for teacher to create flash cards for each student to help in recognizing and learning high frequency, dolch or vocabulary words.

Step One: Word Recognition of High-Frequency Words for Students with Dyslexia
Step by step guide for teacher to create flash cards for each student to help in recognizing and learning high frequency, dolch or vocabulary words.

Step Two: Word Recognition of High-Frequency Words for Students with Dyslexia
Step by step guide for teacher to create flash cards for each student to help in recognizing and learning high frequency, dolch or vocabulary words.

Step Three: Word Recognition of High-Frequency Words for Students with Dyslexia
Step by step guide for teacher to create flash cards for each student to help in recognizing and learning high frequency, dolch or vocabulary words

Sequencing for High School Students with Dyslexia
A lesson plan for high school students with dyslexia to practice sequencing skills in stories that will improve both reading and writing abilities.

8 Ways to Help Students with Dyslexia Succeed
Students with dyslexia often spend 2 to 3 times the amount of time on homework as those without dyslexia. Teachers can take steps to help make sure students with dyslexia are not overburdened and overwhelmed with homework assignments.

Advice on Improving and Promoting Self Esteem
The importance of self esteem for learners, teaching self esteem improvement. How to improve self esteem.

Supporting Hearing-Impaired Students in Classrooms
Hearing-impaired students need support to do their best in class. Educators can employ several strategies to give these students tools to succeed.

WordQ Predictive Writing Software & Learning Disability
Assistive technology and writing software for students with learning disabilities. WordQ and SpeakQ, examples of assistive technology for struggling writers.

Advice on How to Deal with Children Who Tease
How to prevent teasing and teasing behavior. Behavior disorder. Handling teasing. Dealing with the child that teases. Dealing with teasing.

Operational Definition of Behavior
An operational definition describes a behavior, even an academic behavior, in a way that any observer can identify the behavior.

Movement and Math - Using Dance to Support Deeper Math Understanding
Movement supports deeper math understanding as demonstrated by Marcia Daft and her Movement through Math program, pairing dance with multiplication.

Tooth Brushing - Teaching the Functional Skill
A task analysis and data sheet is provided for you to teach a student how to brush his or her teeth, as well as forward and backward chaining

Reading Comprehension Checklist, Questions for Students
Teaching reading comprehension with a checklist of questions to ask students about their reading.

Teaching Functional Skills to Students with Disabilities
Teaching functional or life skills is critical for students with disabilities, especially as they reach adulthood. Those skills create independence.

Prompt Dependence - The Danger of Prompting
Prompt dependence is a problem that emerges when a student no longer will attempt a task without prompting from the teacher or classroom aide.

Inclusion What Is Inclusion?
Inclusion is the way in which children who receive special education services are placed in general education classrooms. Inclusion requires general education and special education teachers to work together.

Special Education and Organization--Helping Special Education Students get Organized
These strategies will help students with disabilities to get and stay organized, so you can focus on instruction.

Resources for Tackling Behavioral Issues in Kids
Learn how to cope with challenges in the classroom with this list of interventions and strategies for children with emotional or behavioral disorders.

Listening Comprehension Strategies
Learn strategies for teaching children with listening comprehension. How parents and teachers can help special needs kids develop listening skills.

Strategies for Teaching Aggressive Children
Behavior interventions for aggressive children. Support and strategies for teaching children with aggressive behaviors.

Special Education Assessments of Functional Abilities
Special education assessments for functional, or life skills, include the ABBLs, the Vineland Test of Functional Ability and Collier Asuza Scale.

IEP's That Support Self Esteem and Student Success
Writing and IEP that reinforces a student's sense of self worth and creates future academic and functional success.

Aphasia - A Language Processing Disorder
Aphasia, a language processing disorder that challenges many students with disabilities. Patience, processing time and structured practice bring success.

What Are Specific Learning Disabilities?
Children with Specific Learning Disabilities, or SLD's, is a group of students whose difficulties require special education services, but are best served in an inclusive classroom with supports.

Normed Tests -- Tests That Are Normed Across Populations
Normed tests are statistically evaluated to find means or averages for populations, such as grade and age group. Standardized tests are normed.

Special Considerations -- A Check Off in the IEP
Special considerations is a page which provides check offs in the IEP focusing attention on broad concerns in the special education student's profile.

Reading Program Checklist, Checklist for a Good Reading Program
A checklist to determine a good reading program. How to assess a good reading program.

Social Classroom Activities to Build Social Skills
Short social skills activities that can easily be embedded in a self contained program that give your students lots of opportunities for practice

Classroom Rules – Foundation of Good Management
Classroom rules need to be positive, few in number, and taught with the procedures that will go with them.

Present Levels in an IEP, an Individual Education Plan
Present levels is part of an Individual Education Plan which lays out the child's current educational abilities, strengths and needs.

Social Skill Resource for Special Education
Social Skills Resources for Special Education that address the need for social skills acquisition for children and teens with social skills deficits.

Dolch First Grade Cloze - Printable Worksheets
These Free Printable Cloze worksheets for First Grade Dolch High Frequency words support student acquisition of these important sight words.

Introducing Integers and Rational Numbers to Students with Disabilities
Introducing integers, positive and negative numbers and ordered pairs to the special education program.

Social Skills Lesson Plan - Initiating Contact
This lesson plan gets children with social skills deficits, especially those on the autistic spectrum, to initiate interaction with other children.

Dolch Grade Levels - Free Printable Checklists
Dolch High Frequency words represent 220 words that make up between 50 and 75 percent of all print in English. These words are foundational for reading.

Free Printable Cloze Activities for Dolch High Frequency Words
These cloze worksheets provide practice with reading the primer Dolch High Frequency words, and will provide a foundation for reading success.

Criterion Referenced Tests -- Tests Which Test Specific Academic Skills
Criterion referenced tests reference specific skills, performance standards or objective to measure whether students have mastered those skills.

Pivotal Response Teaching and Functional Language
Using Pivotal Response Training, a strategy used in Applied Behavioral Analysis, can be used effectively to support acquisition of functional language skills.

BCBA -- Board Certified Behavior Analyst
BCBA is the certification of a professional who provides supervision, training and creates programs for Applied Behavior Analysis therapies.

Letter Recognition Worksheet Activities
Letter recognition worksheets to help emerging readers learn how to recognize the letters of the alphabet.

Proxemics - Understanding Personal Space
Proxemics is the study of personal space and its importance for socially appropriate behavior. It is important to teach children with disabilities.

IEP Goals for Reading Comprehension
How to write IEP goals for reading comprehension. Examples of positive SMART goals for IEPs and reading assessments.

Teaching Personal Space to Children with Disabilities
This article provides a free printable PDF that will help you teach individuals with disabilities appropriate use of personal space.

Kids with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and School
Educating a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - FAS. What educators need to know about FAS.

Special Education Supports and Services
What is a special education support? Special education support services and strategies.

Ideas for Teaching Life Skills in School and Classroom
Teaching responsibility and life skills throughout the school. Life skills teaching. Life skills and special education.

How to Identify Language Deficits, Delays and Disorders
Identifying language deficits and language disorders, language processing delays and symptoms

Learning Needs Survey for Special Education
Student learning needs survey, how a child learns, differentiated learning,student learning.

Life Skills Literacy for Special Ed Students
Life skills literacy checklist. A list of life skills for special eduction students.

Visual Schedules for Students with Disabilities
Visual schedules provide powerful ways to structure the participation of children with disabilities in academic work, record keeping and behavior management.

Social Skills Lesson on Friends -- Build a Friend
This is a brief lesson for the social skills unit on friends, involving labeling hands, head and feet with things a friend will do.

FBA - Collecting Data for the Problem Behavior
Once problem behaviors have been identified and named, data is collected to evaluate the extent, the setting and the purpose of a problem behavior.

The 49 Techniques from Teach Like a Champion
The 49 techniques from the book Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov have been tested and used in the charter schools of the Uncommon Schools.

Techniques from "Teach Like a Champion"
This is the second page of blogs for the 49 techniques from Teach Like a Champion, Techniques 39 through 49. Page 2.

Massed Trials - A Teacher Made Assessment
Teacher Made Assessment can include picture cards for massed trials to teach and measure skills acquisition for children with language deficits.

IEP Goals for Progress Monitoring
IEP Goals designed to support success spell out the behavior, the circumstances, the performance expectations and the data collection schedule.

New Years Resolutions for the Special Education Teacher
New Year Resolutions for a special educator should include reviewing and evaluating practice, reconsidering classroom routines and classroom management, as well as trying some new ideas. This article provides links to some of the most useful articles as you consider your practice.

New Years Review for Classroom Success
Reviewing the successes of the first four months of school will help a teacher fine tune the rest of the school year, adding or subtracting elements for success.

A Pot of Gold Cutting Activity
A two page cutting, dot art or coloring St. Patrick's Day activity.

Art Activities for St. Patrick's Day with Free Printables
These cutting activities for St. Patrick's Day provide practice and following directions. There are free printables of a Shamrock template, Shamrock Man and a pot of gold.

A Template for A Shamrock Man
A shamrock activity to make a shamrock man.

Lesson Plans for Hanukkah Teach About Judaism and Hanukkah
Four days of lesson plans for the second week of a comprehensive unit for winter holidays about Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.

A Place Value Template to Support Learning Tens and Ones
This free printable pdf of a template that students can use to build two digit numbers. Using the template helps students visualize the numbers.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), a Special Ed Friend
What is the CEC, the Council for Exceptional Children, and how does it support professionals in special education?

What Is Related Services in Special Education?
Related Services Definition. Special Education.

Create a Lesson Plan that Approaches the General Education Curriculum
A lesson plan created for students in a self contained classroom who approach proficiency in the general education curriculum.

Create a Lesson Plan That Aligns IEP Goals to Standards
A simple format for a lesson plan that aligns IEP goals and state or Common Core State Standards. Page 4.

Align IEP Goals and State Standards
Build a bank of State or Common Core State Standards that you can copy and paste to plan documents.

Writing Lesson Plans in the Self Contained Classroom
The challenges of planning for special education students and meeting all stakeholders needs include aligning your objectives to both IEP goals and

Games to Support Social Skill Goals
Simple board games can be created to support students' social skills, especially turn taking, waiting and

Assessing Students with Special Needs
Ideas for classroom assessment of students with learning disabilities.

Intelligence Testing for Special Education
Intelligence testing is a regular part of the semi-annual or tri-annual evaluation report, as well as identifying cognitive disabilities.

Cutting Skills to Build Fine Motor Strength
Cutting is an essential fine motor skill that young children need to master for success in school.

Games to Support Skills for Children with Disabilities
Games support academic and social skills in students with disabilities.

Token Systems Build Cooperation
Token economies are powerful ways to support positive behavior. By creating an

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Thanksgiving Color By Number Puzzles
These Thanksgiving puzzles provide practice for students with disabilities with fine motor skills, executive function and color recognition.

Chunking -- Breaking Tasks and Information into Bite Sized Bits for Special Education Students.
Chunking is used to break tasks or information into smaller segments. Chunking makes difficult tasks more manageable and helps students complete work.

IEP Goals Aligned to Speaking and Reading Standards
These ELA goals represent Reading Strategies and Speaking Standards from the Common Core Standards, and provides instructional strategies to combine them.

Prompts Toward Independence -- Prompting as an Important Tool For Special Education Success
Prompting is an invaluable tool to help students succeed at learning new information, skills and behaviors.

Problem Behaviors -- Helping Students with Disabilities with Difficult Behaviors
Resources for managing difficult or challenging behaviors that disrupt the classroom while preventing students to achieve.

Christmas Shopping -- a Differentiated Lesson Plan for Math and Functional Reading
A differentiated lesson plan that uses Christmas, shopping and your students own motivation to solve problems, use functional reading skills and math skills.

English Language Arts Word Analysis for Pre-School
IEP goals for early intervention English Language Arts for word analysis, including recognizing their own names in print as well as environmental signs.

Checklists for Children with Learning Disabilities
Characteristics of learning disabilities, learning disabilities checklists

Christmas Writing Activities
These free printable worksheets to support writing give your students opportunities to write about a favorite holiday while creating a resource that save you time.

A Pilgrim Girl Dot to Dot
A dot to dot of a pilgrim girl to provide practice for counting by ones and tens.

A Pilgrim Boy Dot to Dot
Dot to dots of a Pilgrim boy, a Pilgrim girl and a Thanksgiving students give students an opportunity to practice skip counting before Thanksgiving.

A Dot to Dot of a Thanksgiving Turkey
A dot to dot of a Thanksgiving turkey to practice counting to 20 by ones, or by 5's to one hundred.

Lesson Plan for Thanksgiving: A Differentiated Lesson Plan
A Lesson Plan for Thanksgiving provides a way for students in an inclusive classroom to participate across abilities in a web search that will teach them about the history of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Resources for Special Education Programs
Thanksgiving resources to support students with disabilities as well provide resources for inclusion settings.

Video Self-Modeling for Social Skills
Video Self-Modeling has proven to be an effective means to teach students with disabilities social skills.

An Inclusion Toolbox for the Full Inclusion Classroom Teacher
Inclusion is more than a catch phrase, but is the best practice for providing a free and public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE.)

Individual Education Plans and Behavior Goals
Behavior goals, written after the completion of a Functional Behavioral Analysis and a Behavior Intervention Plan for the IEP, should focus on measurable replacement behaviors in order to extinguish problem behaviors.

Free Phonics Worksheets the letter J
The Letter J Free Phonics worksheets

Letter J Worksheets and Activities
The letter J worksheets and phonics activities.

The Letter J worksheets
The letter j phonics worksheet. Special Education.

The Letter J Picture Match
The letter J picture and word match.

Teach the letter J
The letter j worksheets. Special Education.

Phonics Worksheets
Free phonics worksheets. Special Education.

Letter F Worksheets and Activities
The letter f worksheets and phonics activities.

The Letter F worksheets
The letter F phonics worksheet. Special Education.

The Letter F Picture Match
The letter F picture and word match.

Trace the Letter F The letter F worksheets
The letter F. Trace the letter F

Punishment -- the Technical Term
Punishment, as understood by behaviorists, is something that is either added or subtracted that makes it less likely that the behavior will be repeated.

Resource Room - a Placement Choice for Students with Disabilities
The resource room is a placement option where students do best with small group or individual instruction. It supports students with attention problems.

Homonym and homophone worksheets.
Homonyms and homophone words and worksheets esl worksheets reading worksheets

Honomyn worksheets. Free homophone worksheets
Honomyn worksheets. Free homophone worksheets

Homonym worksheets. Homophone Worksheets
Homonym worksheets. Homophone worksheets.

Homonyms and Homophones Worksheets
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl

Homonyms, homophones. Words and worksheets.
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl

Homonym worksheets. Homophone worksheets.
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl

Honomyns and homophones worksheets
Honomyns and homophones worksheets

Homonyms words and worksheets.
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl

Homonyms words and worksheets.
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl

Homonym and homophone worksheets
Homonyms and homophone words and worksheets esl worksheets reading worksheets

Alphabet Worksheets and Activities - The Letters X Y Z
The letter X, Y and Z worksheets and phonics activities.

The Letters X Y Z worksheets
The letters X Y Z phonics worksheet.

The Letter X, Y and Z Picture Match
The letter X, Y and Z picture and word match.

Circle the Right Word
The letter z. The letter Z worksheets.

The letter z Trace the letter z
Learn the letter Z The letter z worksheets

Alphabet Worksheets and Activities - The Letter Y
The letter X, Y and Z worksheets and phonics activities.

The Letter Y worksheets
The letter Y phonics worksheet. Special Education.

The Letter X, Y and Z Picture Match
The letter X, Y and Z picture and word match.

Circle the Right Picture
The letter y worksheets. Special Education.

The Letter Y Worksheets and Printables
Learn the letter y The letter Y worksheets

The letter W Worksheets
The letter W worksheets. Special Education.

Alphabet Worksheets and Activities - The Letter W
The letter W worksheets and phonics activities.

The Letter W worksheets
The letter W phonics worksheet. Special Education.

The Letter W Picture Match
The letter W picture and word match.

Free Phonics Worksheets, the letter W
Free phonics worksheets the letter W

Alphabet Worksheets and Activities - The Letter V
The letters U and V worksheets and phonics activities.

The Letters U and V worksheets
The letters U and V phonics worksheet.

The letter u and v Picture and Word Match
the letters u and v. Special Education.

Free Phonics Workshsets, the letter U
Free phonics worksheets the letter U

The Letter V
Print the letter V. Special Education.

The Letter I worksheets
The letter i phonics worksheet. Special Education.

The Letter I Free Phonics Worksheets
The Letter I free phonics worksheets

The letter I worksheets Trace the letter I
The letter i worksheets Trace the letter I

Alphabet Worksheets and Activities - The Letter I
The letter I worksheets and phonics activities.

The Letter I Picture Match
The letter I picture and word match.

IEP Math Goals for Early Intervention Aligned with Common Core
IEP Goals Aligned to the Common Core State Standards builds a foundation across the important topics that students will need to succeed in grades K through 12.

Scribing for Children With Writing Problems
Scribing is often an accommodation for children who are able to participate in the general education program but have difficulty writing, either because of fine motor problems or reading and writing issues (dyslexia.)

Free Phonics Worksheets The Letter Q
Free Phonics Worksheets the letter Q

The Letter Q - Alphabet Worksheets and Activities
The letter q worksheets and phonics activities.

The Letter Q worksheets
The letter q phonics worksheet. Special Education.

The Letter Q Picture Match
The letter Q picture and word match.

The letter Q worksheets. How to teach the letter q
The letter q worksheets how to teach the letter q

Data Collection for Special Education
Data collection is a regular, weekly part of collecting information to assess the success of special education students on their IEP goals.

The Letter D Worksheets
The letter d worksheets and phonics activities.

The Letter D worksheets
The letter d phonics worksheet. Special Education.

The Letter A Picture Match
The letter D picture and word match.

Phonics Worksheets
phonics worksheets. Special Education.

Trace the letter D The letter D worksheets
Trace the letter D The letter D worksheets

Lesson Plans for Hanukkah
Four days of lesson plans for the second week of a comprehensive unit for winter holidays about Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.

The Letters XYZ worksheets
The letters XYZ phonics worksheet.

Print the Letter X - Alphabet Worksheets and Activities
The letter X, Y and Z worksheets and phonics activities.

The Letter X, Y and Z Picture Match
The letter X, Y and Z picture and word match.

Free Phonics Worksheets, the letter X, Y and Z
Free phonics worksheets the letter X, Y and Z.

The letter x worksheets
The Letter X worksheets. Special Education.

The Letter P worksheets
The letter p phonics worksheet. Special Education.

The Letter P Picture Match
The letter P picture and word match.

Print the Letter P - Alphabet Worksheets and Activities
The letter o worksheets and phonics activities.

The Letter P Workshset
1st Grade worksheets Phonics. Special Education.

How to teach the letter P
How to teach the letter p The letter P worksheets

The Letter M Picture Match
The letter M picture and word match.

Print the Letter M - Alphabet Worksheets and Activities
The letter M worksheets and phonics activities.

The Letter M worksheets
The letter m phonics worksheet. Special Education.

Free phonics worksheets for the letter M
The Letter M free phonics worksheets

The letter M worksheets How to teach the letter M
Teach the letter M the letter m worksheets

Free Phonics Worksheets
Phonics worksheets the letter g.

Trace the Letter G The letter G Worksheets
The letter G worksheets Trace the letter g

Worksheets and Activities for the Letter G
The letter g worksheets and phonics activities.

The Letter G worksheets
The letter g phonics worksheet. Special Education.

The Letter G Picture Match
The letter G picture and word match.

Free Phonics
The Letter H. Free phonics worksheets.

The Letter H - Alphabet Worksheets and Activities
The letter h worksheets and phonics activities.

The Letter A worksheets
The letter h phonics worksheet. Special Education.

The Letter H Picture Match
The letter H picture and word match.

Trace the Letter H. The letter h worksheets
Trace the letter H The letter h worksheets

Geometry and Spacial Relationships for Pre-School
Math IEP Goals for pre-school students aligned to the common core state standards for spacial relations, geometry and logic.

The Letter N worksheets
The letter n phonics worksheet. Special Education.

The Letter N Picture Match
The letter N picture and word match.

Teach the Letter N
How to teach the letter N. The letter n worksheets

The Letter N - Alphabet Worksheets and Activities
The letter n worksheets and phonics activities.

The Letter N free phonics worksheets
The Letter N Free phonics worksheets

The Letter E - Alphabet Worksheets and Activities
The letter e worksheets and phonics activities.

The Letter E worksheets
The letter e phonics worksheet. Special Education.

The Letter E Picture Match
The letter E picture and word match.

Phonics Worksheets
phonics worksheets. Special Education.

Trace the Letter E The letter e worksheets
The letter e workshseets. Trace the letter e

A Halloween Color by Number Puzzle of a Skeleton Trick or Treater
Special Education.

A Halloween Color by Number Puzzle of a Witch
Special Education.

A Halloween Color by Number Puzzle of a Haunted House
Special Education.

A Halloween Color By Number Puzzle of a Jack O' Lantern
Who doesn't love Halloween? These color by number puzzles for students with disabilities offer an opportunity to build fine motor skills.

Severe Emotional Disturbances (SED) Classrooms
Students with Severe Emotional Disorder may do best in highly structured self contained programs with lots of Positive Behavior Support.

Communicative Intent - The First Step in Communication
Communicative Intent is the students interest in communicating with others, and is a foundation of developing communication in any form.

Consequence -- Two Meanings in Two Settings
This glossary entry lays out two meanings for consequences, one specific to a Functional Behavioral Analysis and the other specific to behavior management using Adlerian psychology.

About Discrete Trial Teaching - ABA
Discrete trial teaching is the instructional backbone of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), a highly successful intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Cause and Effect in Special Education
Cause and Effect in Speech Language Therapy and Reading Comprehension is a child's ability to identify the relationship between event A (the cause) and event B (the effect.)

Communication for Special Education
Communication in special education is sharing meaning and building relationships. Children with disabilities need to be provided a variety of avenues to build communication.

Learning to Learn Skills -- the Foundation for Academic Success
The learning to learn skills are critical for helping students with autism spectrum disorders to succeed in academic settings.

Writing an IEP, An Individual Education Program
Writing the Individual Education Plan IEP. Everything you need to know about writing the IEP.

IEP Example - Multiple Exceptionalities
IEP Sample for multiple exceptionalities. Page 2.

Transitional Reading Behaviors
The Transitional stage of reading is when students turn the corner from learning to read to reading to learn, as they approach fluency and build skills.

Benchmark -- Two Meanings for a Word that Sets Out Milestones for Student Success


Accommodations, Interventions & Modifications
Special education classroom strategies including accommodations, interventions and modifications. Best practice. Accommodations, interventions and modifications for the inclusional classroom.

Inclusional Best Practices, Supporting Inclusion
Best practices for inclusion in special education. What is inclusion?

NOREP -- Notice of Recommended Educational Placement
The NOREP, or Notice of Recommended Educational Placement is the last part of an Individual Education Plan, and requires the parents' signatures in order to approve the recommendations of the IEP team, including the placement.

FBA - Functional Behavioral Analysis
The FBA or Functional Behavioral Analysis is the method used to evaluate a behavior for both topology and function, in order to write a BIP

Think Tac Toe- Strategy for Differentiating Instruction
A Think Tac Toe offers students multiple ways to expand their knowledge, show their mastery of a topic or provide evidence of their mastery following a

Measurement Goals for Early Intervention
Measurement goals for early intervention iep's are aligned to the Common Core State Standards to provide a foundation for future functional math skills.

How to Write a Functional Behavioral Analysis (FBA)
A Functional Behavioral Analysis is the first step in writing a Behavior Improvement Plan, a required part of an IEP. An FBA is required by the IDEA, or Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Typical Is How a Non-Disabled Child Is Described
Typical is the way in which children without disabilities are described as opposed to

Procedural Safeguards
The Procedural Safeguards are provided to parents in a document that should be offered every time the IEP team meets, and spells out the rights of the family.

PBS -- Positive Behavior Support
PBS stands for Positive Behavior Support, which consists of strategies that support positive and appropriate behavior in the classroom.

MDR -- Manifestation Determination Review
An MDR, or Manifestation Determination Review, is held when a student with an IEP with significant behavior challenges to decide if it is a

What Is General Education?
General education is the term used to describe the program of education that typically developing children receive.

Regular Education -- a Less Desirable Synonym for General Education
A definition of

Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis is a therapy program especially for children with autism that uses the Behaviorist three term contingency approach to teaching appropriate behavior.

CBA -- Curriculum Based Assessment
CBA or Curriculum Based Assessment is assessment based on the curriculum to reflect students mastery of not only IEP goals but the curriculum.

Counting and Cardinality for Pre-School
Early intervention math skills include understanding counting and one to one correspondence to ten. It also includes understanding grouping in order to add and subtract.

Fluent Reading Behavior
Fluent reading behaviors reflect mature skills, including the ability to attach increasingly more complex text using acquired skills.

IEP Math Goals for Pre-school
Math goals for early intervention patterns, functions and algebra focus on sorting for characteristics. My goals also focus on geometric shapes.

Early Fluent Reading
Early Fluent Reading Behavior reflects mastery of acquired skills as well as increasing independence with complex texts. The printable checklist is a great tool for struggling older readers.

Back To School, icebreakers, worksheets and resources.
Back to school icebreakers, worksheets, printables and resources.

A Back to School Backpack Cutting Puzzle
An easy four piece cutting puzzle to help you students build their skills as they cut, assemble and color this picture of a backpack.

An Easy Puzzle of an Apple for Back to School
This four panel cutting puzzle of an apple is a great way to start off your students with some cutting at the very beginning of the year.

A Puzzle of a Brother and Sister on the Way to School
This puzzle of a brother and sister walking of school gives students practice in cutting, using visual acuity and organizing as they start back to school.

A School Bus Cutting Puzzle
This four panel cutting puzzle of a school bus is a great way to start off your students with some cutting at the very beginning of the year.

An Easy Cutting Puzzle of St. Patrick
A simple cutting puzzle for emerging cutters with disabilities to support fine motor and executive function skills. This puzzle depicts St. Patrick.

A Leprechaun Cutting Puzzle for St. Patrick's Day
A simple cutting puzzle for emerging cutters with disabilities to support fine motor and executive function skills. This puzzle depicts a Leprechaun

A Cutting Puzzle of Gold at the End of the Rainbow
A simple cutting puzzle for emerging cutters to support fine motor and executive function skills. This puzzle depicts a rainbow and pot of gold.

Echolalia - A Communication Challenge
Echolalia is a communication disorder which involves the child repeating what he or she hears someone say to them immediately before

Early Reading Behaviors Checklist
Early Reading Behaviors are the third step in the Flying Start to Literacy continuum of reading behaviors and gives you a baseline for the behaviors needed to succeed at reading.

IEP Implementation and Data Collection
Data collection is critical for progress monitoring and reporting to parents and other stakeholders. Different sorts of data sheets are provided for different kinds of data collected.

How to Write IEP (Individualized Education Plan) Goals
How to write IEP Goals. Writing IEP goals.

What is Special Education?
What is Special Education? Here you will learn what special education is along with which laws govern special education.

Reading Development Behaviors
Reading Development Behaviors are behaviors that develop on a continuum as students mature and gain greater skill in decoding, accessing text and acquiring meaning from text that creates effective readers.

Reading Behaviors -- Early Emerging Behaviors
Early Emerging Reading Behaviors are behaviors that indicate that students are gaining familiarity with the conventions of print, such as left to right orientation, the use of pictures for meaning and rudimentary phonemic awareness.

Emergent Readers Behavior Checklist
The Early Emerging Reading Behaviors are listed here and on a free printable pdf to help you to assure that your students are acquiring a complete skill set to become proficient readers.

Self-Contained Classrooms in Special Education
Self contained classrooms are the most restrictive settings in public schools, where students are placed while they build skills to succeed in less restrictive programs.

A Getting to Know me Worksheet for Introductions
A free printable handout for Back to School that has students consider personal study and subject preferences in order to get to know their classmates better.

What I Like About School Handout
A free printable Back to School handout that encourages students to consider strengths and weaknesses by evaluating preferred subjects and activities.

When my work is done handout to build independence.
A free printable Back to School handout that lets the student consider what activities they prefer for the time when assignments or independent work is completed.

Peer Relationships - Social Skills Lessons and Worksheets
Free worksheets for social skills and peer relationships. Social skills lessons. Character worksheets.

Pyramid of Friends Social Skills Worksheet
Use this worksheet to have students identify their pyramid of friends from the most important to those that support them from time to time.

Teaching Social Skills
Teaching social skills. Special Education.

Social Skills worksheets for friendship.
Social Skills worksheets and printables. Lesson ideas for social skills

Social Skills Worksheets - My Qualities
Social skills printables and worksheets for special education students about qualities and traits.

Social Skills Worksheets - Build Mutual Trust
Trust worksheets for special education students to teach mutual trust lessons.

Social skills printables and worksheets.
Showing good character, social skills lessons and ideas

Social skills lessons.
Social skills printables. Special Education.

Social Skills Worksheets - Word Search
Good character worksheets for special education students featuring nice words and word search.

Behavioral and Emotional Disorders in Special Education
Students who receive special education services for behavioral and emotional support exhibit behaviors that prevent them from success in the general education environment.

Identifying Behavior - Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA)
The first step to write an FBA is identifying the behavior and describing it in an operational way so that the topography of the behavior is clear.

Prompts That Support Instruction and Independence
Prompts range across a continuum from the most to the least invasive, and support students as they learn how to perform specific academic, vocational and social tasks.

Specially Designed Instruction
Specially Designed Instruction is one of the most important parts of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) because it legally binds members of the school community to provide certain accomodations and modifications to students with IEPs. These accomodations and modifications are often referred to as

Bulletin Boards – Put Your Walls to Work
Bulletin boards shouldn't be work, they should WORK for you, supporting classroom management, instruction, review and supporting student success.

Negative Reinforcement Defined
Negative Reinforcement is the removal of an annoying or adversive stimulus in order to increase a desired behavior: i.e. turning off an alarm when students are sitting quietly.

Behavior Self Monitoring
Special education students succeed with behavior management tools that make them accountable for their own behavior.

IEP Review for Back to School
A review of important components of incoming or returning students' IEPs will help you better prepare for instruction, grouping, scheduling and other challenges in the new school year.

Tact and Tacting -- Language to Describe the World
Tact or Tacting: two terms used to describe the act of naming things in an environment, it should follow

IEP Preparation for a New School Year
Preparation of IEP's before the school year begins helps you start off strong, meeting student's specific educational needs as spelled out by the IEP.

Mands and Manding - the Opening Gambit for Communication
Mands and Manding are terms used in Verbal Behavioral Analysis to describe the act and the action of making a request for a desired object, activity or food.

What are High-Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) in Education?
High-Order Thinking Skills (or HOTS) distinguishes critical thinking skills from low-order learning outcomes and is a popular in American education reform.

Proactive Classroom Management: The Secret to Great Teaching
Here's a checklist to make sure you aren't forgetting anything as you manage your Proactive Classroom.

How to Communicate With Special Education Parents
Special educators need to build collaborative relationships through parents. Here is advice on how to avoid pitfalls, create positive messages and reciprocal communication that helps and not hurts your relationship with parents as together you seek to support their childrens' special education success. Phone calls, emails and traveling folders are discussed here.

Back To School Worksheets
Back To School Worksheets. Special Education.

Back To School Worksheets
Back To School Worksheets. Special Education.

Back to school worksheets
Back to school worksheets. Special Education.

Back to School Worksheets
Back to School Worksheets. Special Education.

Back To School Worksheets
Back To School Worksheets. Special Education.

Back To School Worksheets
Back To School Worksheets. Special Education.

Back To School Worksheets
Back To School Worksheets. Special Education.

Back To School Worksheets
Back To School Worksheets. Special Education.

Fairy Tales Build Language and Cultural Literacy
Fairy Tales provide a foundation for understanding the genre of folk tales and will help students engage in literary and comprehension activities.

4 Individual Achievement Tests for Special Education Students
Individual Achievement Tests provide important information for present levels on the IEP, for diagnosis and progress monitoring.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Literacy Activity
The free PDF of the stick puppets provide your students with opportunities to better understand the genre of fairytales.

The Three Little Pigs Literacy Activity
Telling the three little pigs with stick puppets increases you students familiarity with the story and sequence, characters and other elements important in reading.

Little Red Riding Hood Literacy Activity
Free printable puppets help you engage students as you retell classic European fairy tales that are important parts of American literary traditions.

Extended School Year Resources
Extended School Year (ESY) provides your students with more educational activities and experience. Its purpose is to retain your students' skills, but it should also make learning fun. These five lesson units help you do just that!

Creating Individual Class Books for the End of the Year
Creating pages using pictures of your students with lines or text to motivate writing can help your students remember, record and write about some of their favorite activities during the school year.

Starting the Year with Pete the Cat
The Pete the Cat books of James Dean and Eric Litwin offer great opportunities to use a favorite character to support organization, colors and math in early intervention and kindergarten programs.

A Hen and Her Chicks to Color
A coloring puzzle of a hen and her chicks to support fine motor skills and color knowledge.

A Pair of Black and White Piglets Coloring Puzzle
A color by number coloring puzzle of black and white piglets.

A Rooster to Color
A coloring puzzle of a rooster for a farm unit.

A Pair of Geese to Color
A color by number puzzle of geese for a farm unit.

Preparing for Phase One
Introducing a picture exchange communication program requires some preparation.

The Phase One Procedure
The procedure for introducing phase one involves two adults and no verbal prompting.

Create Bi-Colored Shoe Laces
Creating a shoe lace of two colors will make it easier for children with disabilities to remember how to organize the steps required to tie their shoes.

Lace Your Shoes with the Bi-Color Laces
Lace your shoes with the brightest color on the child's dominant side.

The First Step, the "Over and Under" of the Knot
The first step to master is the

Create the First Loop
Before the bow is tied, the child needs to create the first loop as a foundation for the bow.

Around and Through for the Third Step
The left hand goes around and through to create the second loop.

Push and Pull the Lace Through to Finish the Knot
The last step of tying shoes is to pull the second loop through with the pointer finger.

A Math Toolbox -- Free Math Printables in One Spot
This math tool box provides easy access directly to the free printable pdf's. By all means, read the articles, but this will take you directly to the pdf's.

A Cutting Puzzle of a Starfish at the Bottom of the Ocean
An easy four tile cutting puzzle supports students' cutting skills and executive function, as they learn to reassemble the picture of the star fish at the ocean bottom.

A Lighthouse Puzzle for an Ocean Unit
This cutting puzzle of a lighthouse supports the development of fine motor skills while supporting learning in an ocean unit.

A Puzzle of Two Dolphins Breaching for an Ocean Unit
An easy four tile cutting puzzle of a dolphin supports your students' developing cutting and executive function skills.

A Sandbox "Beach" Activity for Graphing Data
Combine a Sand Table with Sea Shells and you create an ocean math activity where your students discover, count and graph sea shells.

Sponge Paint the Background
Begin your project by sponge painting the the background with blue, blue green, blue/white, green and white.

Cut the Sponge for Printing the Sailboat
A synthetic sponge for cleaning becomes the blocks for the jib and main sails, as well as the boat hull.

Print the Sailboats
Printing the the jib sail and main sail with the two triangular sponges, and the hull with the remaining sponge.

A Dot to Dot of a Whale
This dot to dot of a whale counting by ones supports counting as part of an ocean unit.

A Dot to Dot of a Seahorse
These 2 dot to dots of a sea horse support counting and an ocean unit.

Octopus Dot to Dots to Support Counting
An octopus with dots to 60 provides practice in counting for emerging counters.

A Light House Dot to Dot to Support Counting
Two dot to dots give your students practice in counting to 20 by ones and by 5's to 100.

A Fishing Game for Math Skills
Free printables of fish you can make a fishing game with: all you need is a dowel, some string, a magnet and some paper clips.

Dot to Dots of Baseball Summer Fun
Two dot to dots of a pitch, one by ones and another skip counting by fives.

A Dot to Dot of a Swimming Pool
A Dot to dot of a pool by ones to twenty and fives to hone hundred.

Dot to Dots of a Sand Bucket at the Beach
Skip counting by ones and fives in a dot to dot of a sand bucket.

A Dot to Dot of Roasting Hot Dogs
A dot to dot of a fire roasting hot dogs by ones to twenty five.

Fairy Tales to Build Literacy
Telling and retelling fairy tales support literacy, vocabulary development, cultural literacy and language.

Creating Group Activities from Favorite Picture Books
Creating activities with picture books that support numeracy, the alphabet, or other pre-academic skills. They also support appropriate group activities.

Model and Build Sentences to Build Writing Skills
Modeling sentences on the pocket chart will support independence and real writing skills to students with disabilities.

Create Word Cards
Creating word cards from sight vocabulary lists, either district lists or accepted sight word lists, such as the Frye list or the Dolch Sight Word lists.

Building Words with Your Letters and Chart
Building words with cards supports understanding vowel sounds, vowel combinations, consonant blends, and other word parts and students learn to decode new words.

Create, Cut and Laminate your Letters
Creating letters to build words, storing them safely and pulling the letters you need for individuals and small groups puts them at your finger tips.

A Pocket Chart that Supports Emerging Reading Skills
Providing individual pocket charts for letters or words supports student's literacy as they gain fluency with word recognition and phonemic awareness skills.

Create the Pockets with Clear Contact Paper
Creating the pockets with clear contact paper, two per board, adhering them with clear packing tape.

Using Your Pocket Charts
Special Education.

Create the Boards with Colored Card Stock
Make the boards by splitting card stock, making one side larger than the other. Laminate with a gap and you have created the foundation for the individual card charts.

How To Teach Students with Reading Difficulties
Beginner readers support. Reading difficulty help. Teach comprehension. How to teach reading.

How To Teach Students with Reading Difficulties - Step 2
Teaching reading and reading comprehension

How To Teach Students with Reading Difficulties - Step 3
teaching reading comprehension and how to teach reading to struggling readers.

Ten Frames to Teach Number Sense
A ten frame is a visual means to build number sense.

Resources for Visual Prompting to Support Instruction
Visual prompting involves a number of different strategies in which visual information is used to support communication, functional skills, and academic performance.

Visual Prompting - Using Pictures or Other Visuals to Support Success
Visual prompting is the use of pictures, charts or other visuals to help students build independence, understand social situations, transition between activities or classes and complete academic tasks.

Reading Glasses as a Visual Prompt
A pair of silly costume glasses help students with attention difficulties, autism and other cognitive and developmental challenges, focus on a text and the reading task.

Fall - a Science and Literature Unit
This unit is part of a four part seasons unit. It can be used at the beginning of the school year, or as the last unit for a January science and literature unit.

A Leprechaun Cutting Project
A cutting project for St. Patrick's day that includes cutting, assembly and writing.

St. Patrick's Day Activities for Special Education
This List article provides the reader access to the crafts, cutting, spelling and writing activities for your students as we near St. Patrick's Day.

A Dot to Dot of a Leprechaun's Hat for St. Patrick's Day
A dot to dot of a Leprechaun's hat to support counting and skip counting.

A Dot to Dot of a Shamrock for St. Patrick's Day
A dot to dot counting by ones of a Shamrock

A Dot to Dot of a Leprechaun by Ones and Tens
A dot to dot of a Leprechaun. Special Education.

A Dot to Dot of a Pot of Gold for St. Patrick's Day
A dot to dot of a pot of gold skip counting by 1's and 5's to 100.

Using a Hundred Chart to Teach Tens and Ones
Using a hundred chart to help students structure the place value in two digit numbers creates a powerful way for students with disabilities to physically get

Laminated Sentence Strips Become Talking Strips


Creating a Chart to Teach Body Parts
Bobby Body is a chart designed to help you teach students with disabilities the names of their body parts.

Visual Prompting for Attention - Quiet Hands
Using photographs of your students hands can provide a powerful prompt for attention that can quickly be faded.

Valentine Chocolate Boxes for Problem Solving
This page includes a free printable of heart shaped chocolate boxes that you can print on card stock and use to support math problem solving.

Cupids for Valentine Math
This page has the free printable page for the Cherubs, as well as some

Valentine Math to Solve Word Problems
Valentine counters mounted on magnets can be used with math narratives to give students practice in solving word problems. Making math problems linked to the holiday raises interest.

An Art Project to Support the Spring Science and Literature Unit
This Dogwood art project creates opportunities to develop fine motor skills and to use thumbs to print the bird like flocks of leaves on the branches.

Creating an Art Project that Supports Fine Motor Skills
This umbrella cutting and writing project for Spring supports fine motor skills in tracing and cutting as well as the executive skills of following multi-step directions.

Directions for the Umbrella Project
These supplies are ready to create the umbrella poem activity. Students will write, cut, paste and add glitter.

A Science and Literacy Activity for The Big Snow
These free printable pdf's are the foundation for an observation and literacy activity connected to The Big Snow, a Caldecott award winning book for Winter.

Summative Assessment - Evaluation for Grades or Marks
Summative assessment, as opposed to formative assessment, is designed to evaluate a student's mastery of material or of a skill. Summative assessments, like final exams, are used to assign grades or marks to students.

Formative Assessment - Ongoing Evaluation of Student Progress
Formative Assessment is a term used for all the informal means teachers use to gauge students success in new material and readiness to move on.

Apraxia - a Physical Speech Deficit
Apraxia, also known as

Communication Temptation - A Strategy for Teaching Communication
Communication Temptation is the combination of creating opportunities for making requests with modeling the sound production needed to say the requested item or action. It is helpful for young students without language to encourage language development.

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Behavior Goals for Individual Education Plans
Behavioral goals which accompany a Functional Behavior Analysis and a Behavior Improvement Plan are part of an IEP for students whose behavior impedes their academic and social success.

Teaching Money for Special Education
Counting money is a critical functional math skill that requires patiences, repetition and lots of hands on activities.

Differentiated Instruction and Assessment
Differentiated instruction and differentiated assessment.

Teaching the Do's and Don'ts of Spelling
How to teach spelling. The do's and don'ts of spelling. Spelling lists.

Asperger's, a High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
Students with Asperger's Syndrome often go undiagnosed because of strong language skills and approximate social skills. They lack good social skills, understanding of typical human emotion and behavior and executive function.

Comprehensive Classroom Management Plan
A comprehensive classroom management system creates a structured environment that supports students' best behavior.

Positive Reinforcement to Increase Academic Performance
Reinforcement in a special education classroom increases the amount of appropriate behavior, both socially and academically.

BIP - A Behavior Intervention Plan How To
A Behavior Intervention Plan lays out how a team will intervene in a problem behavior that impeding a child's academic progress.

Assessment for Special Education - Standardized Testing
Assessment for Special Education is foundational for the success of identification, placement and programming for children with special needs.

Teaching Social Skills
Teaching social skills is essential for successful social behavior as well as self regulation and appropriate interaction with peers.

IEP Goals for Math - Primary Operations
Math IEP goals for the operations of addition and subtraction at the primary (Kindergarten and first grade) level which can be copied and pasted into your IEP documents.

Reading Comprehension Skills: Making Predictions
Students with dyslexia have a hard time making predictions when reading. Prediction helps students actively participate in reading and is an important skill when measuring reading comprehension.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Emotional Disturbance
Oppositional Defiant Disorder is an emotional disturbance that qualifies for special education services when it impedes a student's academic and social success in school.

Creating a Dyslexia-Friendly Classroom: Tips for Teachers
Teachers can make small but significant changes in the classroom, teaching methods and in giving tests to help students with dyslexia better learn and succeed in the classroom.

Dyslexia and Dysgraphia, Difficulty with Handwriting
Dysgraphia, while it shares some similarities with dyslexia, is a separate learning disability which causes problems putting thoughts on paper.

Behavioral Triage -- Choosing Appropriate Behavioral Interventions
An article to help you decide appropriate behavior interventions.

Free Printable Math Worksheets for Christmas
Free printable worksheets for counting and cutting on Christmas themes will get your most reluctant counters and cutters to work.

The Christmas Creche - Easy Dot to Dots
A Christian Themed Dot to Dot for emerging counters counting by one and tens of the Christmas Creche for Christmas.

The Virgin and Child - Easy Dot to Dots for Christmas
A Christian Themed Dot to Dot for emerging counters counting by one and tens of the Madonna and Child for Christmas.

A Dot to Dot of the Star of Bethlehem
A Christian Themed Dot to Dot for emerging counters counting by one and fives of the Star of Bethlehem for Christmas.

Special Education Teachers and Careers
Special education opportunities are growing as teachers prepare to retire and more and more children qualify for special education services. Not only are teachers needed, but also classroom para-professionals, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. Varying degrees of education and preparation are required, and can vary from state to state.

How to Discipline Without Stress, Punishment or Rewards
How to Discipline Without Stress, Punishment or Rewards By MarvinMarshall, Ed.D.

Figures of Speech. Figurative vs Literal language.
Figurative language. Figures of speech. Figurative language lesson for students.

The Qualities of a Superior Special Educator
This article discusses the qualities that characterize a superior special education teacher.

Consequences vs Punishment in Classroom Discipline
Consequences can be used to teach appropriate classroom and academic behavior.

How Dyslexia Impacts Writing Skills
Dyslexia is a language based learning disability known for creating problems in reading but writing skills are also impacted. Students not only have problems with spelling but also with spacing, illegible handwriting and poor sentence formation.

Christmas Writing Paper Free Printables
Free printable writing papers with decorative Christmas borders to make writing fun for your students.

Sight Vocabulary for Word Recognition - Dolch Words
Dolch high frequency words are important sight words for learning word recognition.

Special Education: Irlen Syndrome
Individuals with this condition, once called Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, see words that are blurry, have patterns or appear to move on the page.