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Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for supporting students with special needs.

  • Student greets his teacher during distance learning session

    How to Help Autistic Students Navigate a Turbulent School Year

    Autistic students may need additional support to cope with the changing routines and shifts between distance and in-person learning.
    Justin Lindsey
    470
  • Child with poor vision is touching the wooden tactile rolls of different texture and colour as a part of educational therapy.

    Occupational Therapy Shifts From Tactile to Digital

    Since last spring, occupational therapists have been unable to touch and guide students in person—and have had to completely reinvent how they work.
    765
  • Student engages in distance learning lesson with her laptop at home

    Teaching Students to Self-Advocate During Distance Learning

    Teachers are finding ways to gauge students’ understanding of lessons this year, and guiding them to ask for help is a crucial piece of the puzzle.
    2.1k
  • The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus and Learn

    Imagine a safe space where students with autism can go to calm their bodies and then get back to the business of learning.
    1M
  • Young boy does yoga virtual class with laptop at home

    How to Improve Distance Learning for Students With IEPs

    Strategies for parental involvement and synchronous and asynchronous activities can help students with individualized education programs.
    15.1k
  • An illustration of a student struggling to focus

    5 Ways to Support Kids With ADHD During Remote Learning

    Without the rules and structure of the classroom, students with ADHD are struggling. Here’s how teachers can help.
    5.7k
  • Katie Papaccoli teaches a class of first graders with autism at the P186X school in District 75 in the Bronx. March, 2019. Edwin J. Torres for Edutopia.

    New Strategies in Special Education as Kids Learn From Home

    In special education, teachers say that schedules, sensory supports, and close collaboration with families can help smooth the transition to remote learning.
    15k
  • Supporting Students With Dysgraphia

    While there's not a lot of research on dysgraphia yet, there are a few signs you should look out for, and some evidence-based tactics to help kids with the writing condition.
    15.3k
  • A boy uses an iPad at home

    Apps for Students With Special Needs—As School Buildings Shutter

    The coronavirus creates a unique challenge for students with special needs—educators share recommendations for apps to support learning at home.
    8.2k
  • Teenager participating in a virtual meeting with her teacher on her laptop

    Guiding Special Education Students to Stay on Track for Success in Hybrid Classrooms

    Coaching special education students on metacognitive strategies helps them stay motivated during the pandemic.
    944
  • A group of students taking a break in the classroom to get up and move around

    17 Ways to Help Students With ADHD Concentrate

    Teacher-tested ideas to help students quietly fidget.
    17.1k
  • Illustration of a girl standing on a hill holding a kite

    The Missing Autistic Girls

    In the past two decades, autism diagnoses have soared—but new research shows that girls have frequently been overlooked, leaving them without crucial support.
    21.9k
  • A child does relaxing breathing activities in a sensory space

    DIY Ways to Meet a Child's Sensory Needs at Home

    Occupational therapists and trauma-informed teachers weigh in on how to create sensory tools and spaces with what you have at home.
    4.1k
  • Man has video conference with several people at home

    8 Tips for Conducting Virtual IEP Meetings

    Educators, parents, and students usually gather in person at school for individualized education program meetings, but digital tools can be used for this work.
    3.8k
  • Boy working on a project with modeling clay with his father

    6 Ways to Transition IEP Goals to Remote Learning

    During the Covid-19 pandemic, meeting IEP goals can be a challenge. We offer ways to help.
    3.3k

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