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Special Education: Most Popular Articles

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Worksheets You Can Print to Build Social Skills
Free worksheets for social skills and peer relationships. Social skills lessons. Character worksheets.
The 44 Sounds in the English Language
This article lays out the 44 phonemes (word sounds) and their configurations to support decoding and spelling skills.
How to Make Attainable Behavior Goals for...
Behavioral goals which accompany a Functional Behavior Analysis and a Behavior Improvement Plan are part of an IEP for students whose behavior impedes their academic and social success.
3 Worksheets to Help Your Students Set Goals
This straight forward goal setting worksheet is accompanied by guidelines for writing and understanding goal setting.
Inclusion - - What is Inclusion?
Inclusion is the way in which children who receive special education services are placed in general education classrooms. Inclusion requires general education and special education teachers to work together.
Developmental Reading -- Teaching Reading...
A definition of developmental reading that explains its use in secondary education programs
These 10 Worksheets Explain the Difference...
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl
Individual Education Plans and Behavior Goals
Behavior goals, written after the completion of a Functional Behavioral Analysis and a Behavior Intervention Plan for the IEP, should focus on measurable replacement behaviors in order to extinguish problem behaviors.
What Is a Behavior Contract and How Does It Work?
A behavior contract is a useful tool for focusing a child on replacing inappropriate behavior with appropriate behavior, and can either pre-empt a Behavior Improvement Plan, or be part of a BIP
5 Sets of Worksheets for Dolch High Frequency...
Dolch High Frequency Word cloze activities across all grade levels.
What Is Mild Intellectual Disability?
Mild mental retardation, MID mild intellectual development.
49 Techniques from Doug Lemov's Teach Like a...
The 49 techniques from the book Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov have been tested and used in the charter schools of the Uncommon Schools.
Should Your Child Be In an Inclusive Classroom?
Best practices for inclusion in special education. What is inclusion?
FBA - Functional Behavioral Analysis for A...
The first step to write an FBA is identifying the behavior and describing it in an operational way so that the topography of the behavior is clear.
Best Practices for Teaching Down's Syndrome...
Down's Syndrome. How to teach a child with Down's Syndrome. Down's syndrome in the classroom.
How to Create a Successful Inclusive Classroom
The inclusive or inclusional classroom. Creating a learning environment. Teaching strategies that work.
What Are the Math Goals for Operations in...
Math IEP goals for the operations of addition and subtraction at the primary (Kindergarten and first grade) level which can be copied and pasted into your IEP documents.
How Social Skills Can Lead to Academic Success
Teaching social skills is essential for successful social behavior as well as self regulation and appropriate interaction with peers.
How to Support Students with Behavioral and...
Students who receive special education services for behavioral and emotional support exhibit behaviors that prevent them from success in the general education environment.
What's the Purpose of a Special Education...
What is the special education resource room? Getting special education support in the resource room.
How to Write a Simple Functional Behavioral...
ABC, or Antecedent, Behavior and Consequence is an acronym to help the a professional assess the function of behaviors.
Printable Christmas Rhyme Booklet
Christmas worksheets. Christmas rhyming book.
Operational Definition of Behavior -- Naming a...
An operational definition describes a behavior, even an academic behavior, in a way that any observer can identify the behavior.
What Does 'Special Education' Actually Mean?
What is Special Education? Here you will learn what special education is along with which laws govern special education.
IEP Math Goals for Counting and Cardinality
IEP goals aligned to the new Common Core State Goals, adopted by 42 states, for counting and cardinality.
6 Methods for Teaching Money Counting Skills
Counting money is a critical functional math skill that requires patiences, repetition and lots of hands on activities.
How to Create an Effective Special Education...
Effective strategies using a multi modal approach for special education students and their classroom.
Christmas Brainstorm Activity
Christmas Worksheets. A great brainstorm activity for Christmas.
The Function of Behavior
Establishing the function of behavior in an Applied Behavior Analysis therapy or education program.
Resources to Improve Classroom Behavior
Free printables for behavior contracts and behavior monitoring tools.
Multiple Disabilities
Children with multiple disabilities. Supporting IEPs of students who are multiply disabled.
Behavioral Triage
An article to help you decide appropriate behavior interventions.
How Do Hundred Charts Teach Place Value and...
A paper hundreds chart you can reproduce offers students lots of ways to learn number theory, skip counting and place value.
Use These Printable Checklists for Each Dolch...
Dolch High Frequency words represent 220 words that make up between 50 and 75 percent of all print in English. These words are foundational for reading.
What Is a Behavior Intervention Plan?
A BIP or Behavior Intervention Plan described briefly
What Are Dolch Word Lists?
Dolch sight words and wordwall flashcards. Use these most frequently used words to help children improve vocabulary.
Christmas Writing Paper with Decorative Borders
Free printable writing papers with decorative Christmas borders to make writing fun for your students.
Replacement Behavior -- A Positive Approach to...
A replacement behavior is the behavior which will replace the target, or problem behavior, and will have a similar consequence or reinforcer.
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Deafness and hard of hearing disabilities
What Classroom Items Are Needed for Students...
Students with dyslexia frequently have accommodations in the classroom to help them succeed. This checklist can help teachers and parents think about what accommodations a student needs in the classroom.
The Best Ways to Deal with Oppositional Defiant...
Oppositional Defiant Disorder is an emotional disturbance that qualifies for special education services when it impedes a student's academic and social success in school.
Asperger's Syndrome - the Highest Functioning...
Students with Asperger's Syndrome often go undiagnosed because of strong language skills and approximate social skills. They lack good social skills, understanding of typical human emotion and behavior and executive function.
Letter Recognition for Early Intervention...
Letter recognition is a foundational skill for reading, but needs to be introduced to children with disabilities in a very structured way.
Behavior Contracts – A Weekly Level...
A behavior management system that rewards excellent behavior.
How to Write Goals for a Child's Individualized...
How to write IEP Goals. Writing IEP goals.
Use This Helpful Resource for Rhyming Word...
Spelling with word families and rhyming words helps young children make connections in both reading and writing. It is essential for success in literacy.
Dolch Flash Cards for Assessment, Teaching and...
Dolch Flash Cards for assessment, teaching and activities for
How Dyslexia Impacts Writing Skills
Dyslexia is a language based learning disability known for creating problems in reading but writing skills are also impacted. Students not only have problems with spelling but also with spacing, illegible handwriting and poor sentence formation.
3 Think Sheets for Students Who Break the Rules
A Think Sheet that helps students evaluate the problem rather than focus on the punishment.
BIP - What a Behavior Intervention Plan Contains
Once the data is collected, the FBA is written, antecedent, behavior and consequence are identified, it's time to write the Behavior Intervention Plan.
6 Worksheets to Help Children Recognize Word...
Ryming words, sight words and word familes. Teaching reading and reading comprehension. Reading lessons with word families and sight words. Rhyming word worksheets and printables. Word wall printables.
12 Worksheets for Dolch High Frequency Words
Free printable Dolch High Frequency word cloze activities with pre-primer words.
FBA - The Steps for Creating a Functional...
A Functional Behavioral Analysis is the first step in writing a Behavior Improvement Plan, a required part of an IEP. An FBA is required by the IDEA, or Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
How to Improve a Student's Self-Esteem
The importance of self esteem for learners, teaching self esteem improvement. How to improve self esteem.
28 Suggested Accommodations for Students with...
Accommodations for students with special needs. A list of special education accommodations.
Functional Skills -- Skills Our Students Need...
Functional skills are skills that are needed to live independently, and include academic skills that can be applied to life.
Text Mapping as a Strategy
Text mapping is a strategy to help students understand the format of text, while at the same time getting information and understanding the author's intent.
Functional Math Skills that Support Independence
Functional math skills are math skills that will support students with disability as they grow and move into the community.
Study These R-Controlled Vowel Words
R controlled vowel worksheets. R controlled vowel word wall words. Word study for r controlled vowels
9 Tips for Handling Bad Behavior in Class
Handling difficult behaviors. Behavior management.
How to Help a Student Perform and Behave at...
A comprehensive classroom management system creates a structured environment that supports students' best behavior.
19 Tips for a Dyslexia-Friendly Classroom
Teachers can make small but significant changes in the classroom, teaching methods and in giving tests to help students with dyslexia better learn and succeed in the classroom.
What is an IEP? A Student Individual Program/Plan
What is an IEP? IEP goals and objectives, an individual education program.
FBA - Collecting Information About the Target...
Once problem behaviors have been identified and named, data is collected to evaluate the extent, the setting and the purpose of a problem behavior.
Response Cost in Behavior Management
Response cost, the removal of reinforcement for infractions of school rules, can be an effective tool to reduce undesirable behaviors of some students.
Use This Lesson Plan on Friendship for Students...
This lesson plan launches a unit on friendship with reading from Friendship According to Humphrey.
Cartoon Strip Social Interactions
Cartoon strip social interactions are cartoon strips that visually support students as they learn to interact in socially appropriate ways.
Christmas Writing Worksheets
Christmas Writing Worksheets. Special Education.
6 Types of Testing in Special Education
This overview briefly describes and clusters the different kinds of formal and informal assessment used with special education students for identification, ongoing assessment and evaluation.
Worksheets to Help Students Recognize Every...
Letter recognition worksheets to help emerging readers learn how to recognize the letters of the alphabet.
Christmas Skip Counting Dot to Dots
An Easy Free Printable Snowman Dot to Dot for Christmas.
6 Types of Reading Miscues and How to Analyze...
Miscue Analysis. How to teach reading. How to do a running record.
Assessment for Special Education –...
Assessment for Special Education is foundational for the success of identification, placement and programming for children with special needs.
How Students with Dyslexia Can Build Their...
Resources, tips and help students with dyslexia build writing skills, including strengthening sequencing skills and the difference between dyslexia and dysgraphia. Several writing project lesson plans for elementary and high school students.
Use These Behavior Self-Monitoring Worksheets...
Behavior Self Monitoring Checklists, Behavior Worksheets
Understand Bad Behavior, Then Change It
Understanding behavior and changing it. Dealing with bad behaviors in the classroom.
Sight Vocabulary for Word Recognition
Dolch high frequency words are important sight words for learning word recognition.
Why Instruction and Assessment Methods Should...
Differentiated instruction and differentiated assessment.
Contents of an Individual Education Plan (IEP)
IEP contents, Contents of an Individual Education Program
6 Printable Worksheets for Behavior Contracts
Behavior contracts for students with behavior disorders or disabilities. Behaviour contracts. Behavior worksheets and problem solving worksheets. behaviour contracts
BIP - A Behavior Intervention Plan How To
A Behavior Intervention Plan lays out how a team will intervene in a problem behavior that impeding a child's academic progress.
20 Letter Blends in Spelling and Sounds
Spelling lists and spelling patterns. 44 sounds in spelling, the spelling blends.
Differentiation in Special Education:...
Learn strategies for using differentiation in the special ed classroom for students with and without disabilities in an inclusive classroom.
10 Activities That Build Social Skills
Teaching the social skills, social skills lesson ideas.
44 Sounds in Spelling: The Dipthongs
How to teach spelling. 44 sounds in spelling, Dipthong words.
The Dos and Don'ts of Teaching Spelling
How to teach spelling. The do's and don'ts of spelling. Spelling lists.
Traumatic Brain Injury - TBI
A teacher's guide to traumatic brain injury. It may affect cognitive, social, physical and psychological functioning depending on the amount of damage.
Data Collection for Monitoring Individual...
Data collection is critical for progress monitoring and reporting to parents and other stakeholders. Different sorts of data sheets are provided for different kinds of data collected.
Behavior Versus Classroom Management
behavior management classroom special education discipline positive reinforcement structure seating environment
Self Contained Classrooms Supports Students...
Self contained classrooms are the most restrictive settings in public schools, where students are placed while they build skills to succeed in less restrictive programs.
Try These Cloze Activities for Dolch High...
Free printable cloze activities for Dolch Primer High Frequency Words.
Placement is the term used to describe the...
Placement is an important term for special education, and is the decision around the level or extent of services a child with an IEP receives.
How To Brainstorm in the Classroom
Brainstorming in the classroom. How to have an effective brainstorm.
Conduct Disorder -- a Severe Behavior Disorder
Conduct Disorder is the more severe behavioral disorder identified by IDEA as a Behavior Disturbance.
Curriculum Based Assessment -- Assessment for...
Curriculum based assessment (CBA) evaluates goals that come directly from the curriculum that a child is mastering.
Classroom Rules -- The Foundation of Good...
Classroom rules need to be positive, few in number, and taught with the procedures that will go with them.
Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
Dysgraphia, while it shares some similarities with dyslexia, is a separate learning disability which causes problems putting thoughts on paper.
Building a Social Skills Curriculum
Building a Social Skills Curriculum requires a blend of emotional literacy, social communication skills, modeling appropriate social interactions and practice.
Thanksgiving Dot to Dots Support Skip Counting
Dot to dots of a Pilgrim boy, a Pilgrim girl and a Thanksgiving students give students an opportunity to practice skip counting before Thanksgiving.
A Lesson Plan for Fantasy Christmas Shopping...
A differentiated lesson plan that uses Christmas, shopping and your students own motivation to solve problems, use functional reading skills and math skills.
Lesson Plans for Christmas—Lesson Plans...
These Lesson Plans cover five days of activities which emphasize the story and the cultural practices surrounding Christmas, a favorite holiday in the United States.
Physically Handicapped Students
Physically handicapped students in the inclusional classroom. Helping physically disabled students.
Positive Reinforcement - Supporting Positive...
Reinforcement in a special education classroom increases the amount of appropriate behavior, both socially and academically.
Dyslexia - The Do's and Don'ts of Successful...
A teacher has the ability to foster success in students with dyslexia. Tips for what to do and what not to do in the classroom to best help children with dyslexia learn.
ABA, or Applied Behavior Analysis
ABA or Applied Behavior Analysis is a research based approach to teaching and modifying challenging behavior which is often characteristic of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Use This List of Common Words with Consonant...
Spelling lists and spelling patterns. 44 sounds in spelling, the spelling blends. Spelling digraphs.
Effective Use of Word Walls and Word Cards
How to teach reading. Use word walls and word cards for a balanced reading program.
4 Individual Achievement Tests for Special...
Individual Achievement Tests provide important information for present levels on the IEP, for diagnosis and progress monitoring.
Antecedent -- a Specific Meaning for Applied...
The Antecedent is the event that occurs just before a behavior. It is important for teachers and Behavior Analysts to decide if the antecedent has a causal relationship with the behavior.
Christmas in Uganda -- a Resource for Your...
Sekukkulu, or Christmas, is celebrated in Uganda by dressing up, worshiping at church, and feasting on traditional banana and chicken meals, created with love and celebrated for days.
How to Effectively Solve Problems in 7 Steps
Effective problem solving strategies.
Severe Emotional Disturbances (SED) Classrooms
Students with Severe Emotional Disorder may do best in highly structured self contained programs with lots of Positive Behavior Support.
Project Based Learning for Special Education...
Project based learning is a powerful way to include children across developmental, intellectual and ability differences, engaging them in projects at their own ability levels.
How to Make a Rubric for Differentiation
Learn how to create rubrics that can be used to structure assignments and evaluate student work in an inclusive classroom.
Accommodations for Students with Special Needs
Modifications for students with special needs. How to modify a classroom lesson. Teacher tips for classroom accommodations.
10 Questions to Consider Before Becoming a...
The role of a special education teacher. Should I become a special education teacher.
Recognizing Dyslexia in the Classroom
Dyslexia, the most common language based learning disability, too often goes undiagnosed in children. Understanding the warning signs and how dyslexia appears in the classroom helps teachers refer students for early identification and intervention.
Improving Writing Skills in Students with...
Tips for teachers for working with students with dyslexia and dysgraphia to help them develop better writing skills.
IEP Goals: Reading Comprehension
How to write IEP goals for reading comprehension. Examples of positive SMART goals for IEPs and reading assessments.
IDEA - What You Need To Know
IDEA and 9 things you should know. All about IDEA and special education.
Reinforcement in Applied Behavior Analysis
Reinforcement, in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has a specific definition, and creates the circumstances that lead to successful behavior improvement and skills acquisition.
Reading Comprehension for Students with Dyslexia
Reading comprehension is a combination of several different reading skills. Students with dyslexia frequently do not comprehend what they are reading because they focus on sounding out each word. There are many strategies that teachers can use in the classroom to help students with dyslexia with reading comprehension.
Task Analysis -- A Well Written Task Analysis...
A good task analysis is critical for teaching students with disabilities all of the discrete steps required to complete tasks we often take for granted.
Tools for Teachers: Graphic Organizers
Graphic organizers are great tools for students with learning disabilities and those requiring visuals for conceptual understanding. Find the right worksheet for your lesson and print it out.
Dyslexia - What Teachers Need to Know
This article provides general information about dyslexia as a language based disability in order to help teachers and other educators recognize students with dyslexia and support their academic support in their classrooms.
Dolch High Frequency Cloze Activities for...
Free printable cloze worksheets for the second grade Dolch high frequency words.
Teaching Reading Comprehension to Students with...
Students with dyslexia often have problems with reading comprehension and need extra assistance from teachers. The National Reading Panel provided in-depth information on how teachers can help students increase reading comprehension.
IEP Goals for Intermediate Math
Third grade Common Core State Standards provide the platform on which these IEP goals are written around multiplication, division, fractions and measurement.
How to Write an Individual Education Program
Writing the Individual Education Plan IEP. Everything you need to know about writing the IEP.
Social Skills Lesson Plan to Support Interactio...
This lesson plan gets children with social skills deficits, especially those on the autistic spectrum, to initiate interaction with other children.
A Home Note Program to Support Positive Behavior
Home Notes for Elementary Students
How to Create a Classroom Routine
Establishing and teaching routines is an effective way to begin the school year, to effectively structure the school day and create an orderly environment for teaching and learning.
10 Tips to Support Children with Language...
Learn what language processing delays are and how to support the children who have them with this list of ten strategies.
Mathematics for Special Education - Skills for...
An overview of foundational skills for primary grades found in the Common Core State Standards
Printable Worksheets for the Alphabet
Alphabet worksheets. Printing worksheets. Handwriting.
Reinforcer Assessment
Reinforcer assessment is an important part of finding powerful reinforcement to change the behavior of children with disabilities, especially children with autism spectrum disorders.
Multisensory Approaches for Dyslexia
Multisensory teaching has been found to be an effective way to increase the ability of students with dyslexia better process auditory and visual information and increase their ability to remember and retain information being taught. You will find tips to make a multisensory approach a part of your instruction and classroom environment.
Christmas Writing Printables for Students with...
These free printable worksheets to support writing give your students opportunities to write about a favorite holiday while creating a resource that save you time.
Math Operations for Special Education Students...
Teaching children with disabilities the math operations of addition and subtraction offer special challenges, especially since these foundational skills will shape how they gain other math skills.
Letter Blends - A Lesson Plan for Students with...
Lesson plan for children with dyslexia in kindergarten, first and second grades to teach and reinforce letter blends at the beginning of a word. The bingo game can be customized to match your current lesson and can include practicing writing letters and penmanship.
Tips For Working with Students in Wheelchairs
Students with wheelchairs. Helping a student in a wheelchair.
Cartoon Strips to Teach "I Statements"
Students with disabilities have a lot of trouble managing their feelings, especially "bad" feelings that
Developing Peer Support in the Inclusive...
Lessons for the inclusive classroom.
Reading Comprehension Skills - Making Predictions
Students with dyslexia have a hard time making predictions when reading. Prediction helps students actively participate in reading and is an important skill when measuring reading comprehension.
How Behavior Self Monitoring Can Hold Students...
Special education students succeed with behavior management tools that make them accountable for their own behavior.
Consequences, Not Punishment
Consequences can be used to teach appropriate classroom and academic behavior.
FBA - Analyzing Your Information for a...
The Functional Behavior Analysis ends with the most important step, analyzing the data and deciding what reinforces the problem behavior, so you can chose a replacement and reinforce that in the same way.
What To Do When You Disagree
Resolving conflict and disagreements between teachers and or administrators and parents.
Counting Mats to Help Students Practice Counting
Counting mats are a simple way to use counters with children with disabilities to practice counting and understand one to one correspondence.
Chaining Forward and Chaining Backwards
Chaining forward or backward means to begin teaching tasks from the beginning, step by step (forward chaining) or from the end (backward chaining.)

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