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  • 4 Ways to Guide Students With Disabilities to Success After High School

    Strong relationships with teachers combined with early postsecondary planning can improve disabled students’ college and career outcomes.
    Justin Lindsey
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tools for Supporting Students With Reading Disabilities

    Using text-to-speech tools boosts access and engagement for students with reading disabilities, leading to improved academic outcomes.
    317
  • Maximizing Parental Involvement in Developing the IEP

    Collaborating with parents and caregivers throughout the school year can make the individualized education program meeting more valuable.
    294
  • 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.
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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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  • Using Restorative Approaches to Support Students With Speech Impediments

    Students who struggle to get their words out may be prone to misbehavior, but restorative practices can help them feel heard.
    252
  • 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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  • 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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