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Special Education

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

  • Two high school students work together, one student in wheelchair.

    Support for Students With Disabilities as They Head to College

    A smooth transition from high school to college requires these students to understand the law and build critical self-advocacy skills.
    Matthew Vogel
    287
  • Child uses Dynavox alternative communication device

    Students With Limited Verbal Capabilities Can Thrive in Inclusive Classrooms

    With the right support, students who cannot rely on natural speech to communicate can do well in integrated classrooms.
    2.1k
  • Teacher works with high school student at his desk

    4 Tips for a Successful Self-Contained Classroom

    Co-teachers in a special education classroom focus on building a community of learners with a focus on real-world skills.
    479
  • 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.
    15.2k
  • 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.
    15.7k
  • 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.
    6.1k
  • 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.
    2.4k
  • 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.
    8.4k
  • Pre-school teacher sits with students on floor of classroom

    Recognizing Signs of Potential Learning Disabilities in Preschool

    Early intervention services can make a big difference for students who are at risk for learning disabilities. What should teachers look for?
    1.4k
  • 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.
    17.2k
  • 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
  • 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.
    909
  • 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

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