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  • Understanding and Supporting Your Student With ADHD

    ADHD can be frustrating for both teachers and students, but coming together to find strategies that work helps your student—and your relationship—blossom.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • The Many Benefits of Strengths-Based IEPs

    Individualized education programs that focus on learner competencies enhance student growth and increase parental involvement.
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  • Dismantling Barriers for English Language Learners

    English language learners with diverse abilities can thrive with simple supports in an an equity-driven learning environment.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 4 Ways Students Can Take an Active Role in Their IEP Meetings

    Students are the primary stakeholder in their individualized education program, and they can play a role in annual meetings from an early age.
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  • 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.
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  • An aerial shot of five high school students sitting at a wooden picnic table outside with laptops, tablets, and notebooks open, working on math problems with rulers and graphs.

    Strategies for Students With Scattered Minds

    Teachers can help students strengthen their brain's executive function with "workouts" in which they practice pausing, prioritizing, improving their working memory, and mapping their options.
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  • 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.
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  • Sensory Room 101

    After we published a video about a special room designed to help autistic kids calm and focus themselves, you had questions. Here’s what it takes to create this kind of space.
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