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  • Free Assistive Tech Tools That Support Academic Success

    These no-cost resources provide tools that help students with disabilities achieve academic success.
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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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  • Work-Based Learning in High School

    A framework for ensuring that high school special education students develop the skills they need to join the workforce with confidence.
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  • Do Dyslexia Fonts Actually Work?

    Specialized fonts for students with dyslexia are gaining in popularity. But they’re based on a key misconception, experts warn.
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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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    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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  • 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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  • Fostering Inclusion With a Student-Designed Sensory Path

    When kids collaborated on making a sensory path for their school, what started as an occupational therapy zone became a welcoming, playful space that benefited all students.
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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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  • Common Misconceptions About Dyslexia

    Dismantling tenacious myths about dyslexia—and drawing on evidence-based practices when teaching—can make a powerful difference for students with the condition.
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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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  • 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 Help Neurodiverse Students Improve Executive Function Skills

    Neurodiverse students often struggle with organization in middle and high school, but they can be successful with the proper supports.
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  • 17 Ways to Help Students With ADHD Concentrate

    Teacher-tested ideas to help students quietly fidget.
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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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