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  • Positive, Intentional Supports for Students With ADHD

    An educator with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder shares simple strategies for supporting students with this learning difference.
    Gina Robles
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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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  • Using AI to Enhance Universal Design for Learning

    Generative AI can make educational content and instruction more accessible, helping teachers meet a breadth of student needs.
    455
  • Using AI to Save Time and Reduce the Workload When Writing IEPs

    Artificial intelligence tools can reduce paperwork time and streamline IEP writing, letting educators focus more on student needs.
    477
  • Guiding Students in Special Education to Generate Ideas for Writing

    When students are stuck, breaking the brainstorming stage down into separate steps can help them get started writing.
    597
  • 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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  • 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.
    15.9k
  • 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.
    17.1k
  • Illustration of a book with a girl on the cover looking away

    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.
    17.6k
  • 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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  • 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.
    9.7k
  • 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.
    7.6k
  • Effective Transition Assessment for Students With Disabilities

    A mandatory assessment process is a crucial step in ensuring students’ success after high school.
    328
  • 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.
    12.2k
  • How Robotics Can Help Students in Special Education Learn Social Skills

    Combining robotics instruction with social stories can help students figure out how to navigate friendship.
    368

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