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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.
3 Worksheets to Help Your Students Set Goals
This straight forward goal setting worksheet is accompanied by guidelines for writing and understanding goal setting.
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.
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.
Resources to Improve Classroom Behavior
Free printables for behavior contracts and behavior monitoring tools.
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.
Behavior Goals for Individual Education Plans
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.
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.
Behavior Contracts – A Weekly Level...
A behavior management system that rewards excellent behavior.
These 10 Worksheets Explain the Difference...
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl
Should Your Child Be In an Inclusive Classroom?
Best practices for inclusion in special education. What is inclusion?
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 to Create a Successful Inclusive Classroom
The inclusive or inclusional classroom. Creating a learning environment. Teaching strategies that work.
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.
3 Think Sheets for Students Who Break the Rules
A Think Sheet that helps students evaluate the problem rather than focus on the punishment.
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.
Use This Lesson Plan on Friendship for Students...
This lesson plan launches a unit on friendship with reading from Friendship According to Humphrey.
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.
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.
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.
What Are Dolch Word Lists?
Dolch sight words and wordwall flashcards. Use these most frequently used words to help children improve vocabulary.
What Is Mild Intellectual Disability?
Mild mental retardation, MID mild intellectual development.
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.
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.
28 Suggested Accommodations for Students with...
Accommodations for students with special needs. A list of special education accommodations.
What's the Purpose of a Special Education...
What is the special education resource room? Getting special education support in the resource room.
Behavioral Triage
An article to help you decide appropriate behavior interventions.
The Function of Behavior
Establishing the function of behavior in an Applied Behavior Analysis therapy or education program.
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 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 Write Goals for a Child's Individualized...
How to write IEP Goals. Writing IEP goals.
10 Activities That Build Social Skills
Teaching the social skills, social skills lesson ideas.
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.
12 Worksheets for Dolch High Frequency Words
Free printable Dolch High Frequency word cloze activities with pre-primer words.
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.
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.
What Is a Behavior Intervention Plan?
A BIP or Behavior Intervention Plan described briefly
Dolch Flash Cards for Assessment, Teaching and...
Dolch Flash Cards for assessment, teaching and activities for
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.
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
How to Create an Effective Special Education...
Effective strategies using a multi modal approach for special education students and their classroom.
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.
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.
Study These R-Controlled Vowel Words
R controlled vowel worksheets. R controlled vowel word wall words. Word study for r controlled vowels
Worksheets to Help Students Recognize Every...
Letter recognition worksheets to help emerging readers learn how to recognize the letters of the alphabet.
Use These Behavior Self-Monitoring Worksheets...
Behavior Self Monitoring Checklists, Behavior Worksheets
A Home Note Program to Support Positive Behavior
Home Notes for Elementary Students
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sight Vocabulary for Word Recognition
Dolch high frequency words are important sight words for learning word recognition.
The Dos and Don'ts of Teaching Spelling
How to teach spelling. The do's and don'ts of spelling. Spelling lists.
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.
What is an IEP? A Student Individual Program/Plan
What is an IEP? IEP goals and objectives, an individual education program.
How to Help a Student Perform and Behave at...
A comprehensive classroom management system creates a structured environment that supports students' best behavior.
6 Types of Reading Miscues and How to Analyze...
Miscue Analysis. How to teach reading. How to do a running record.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Improve a Student's Self-Esteem
The importance of self esteem for learners, teaching self esteem improvement. How to improve self esteem.
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.
Cartoon Strip Social Interactions
Cartoon strip social interactions are cartoon strips that visually support students as they learn to interact in socially appropriate ways.
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.
9 Tips for Handling Bad Behavior in Class
Handling difficult behaviors. Behavior management.
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.
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.
Positive Reinforcement - Supporting Positive...
Reinforcement in a special education classroom increases the amount of appropriate behavior, both socially and academically.
Social Skills Lesson Plan -- Initiating...
This lesson plan gets children with social skills deficits, especially those on the autistic spectrum, to initiate interaction with other children.
Understand Inappropriate Behavior
Understanding behavior and changing it. Dealing with bad behaviors.
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.
Try These Cloze Activities for Dolch High...
Free printable cloze activities for Dolch Primer High Frequency Words.
A Free Printable Worksheet for Back to School...
Back to school worksheets. Special Education.
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.
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.
Curriculum Based Assessment -- Assessment for...
Curriculum based assessment (CBA) evaluates goals that come directly from the curriculum that a child is mastering.
Differentiation in Special Education:...
Learn strategies for using differentiation in the special ed classroom for students with and without disabilities in an inclusive classroom.
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.
44 Sounds in Spelling: The Dipthongs
How to teach spelling. 44 sounds in spelling, Dipthong words.
IEP Goals for Place Value
IEP's for place value that align with the Common Core State Standards.
Special Ed Terms to Know: Accommodation,...
Clarification on Special Education terminology, Accommodations, Modifications, and Strategies and how these terms apply to the IEP and program delivery.
Graphic Organizers
Graphic organizers are great tools for students with learning disabilities and those requiring visuals for conceptual understanding. Worksheets and printables.
How to Write an Individual Education Program
Writing the Individual Education Plan IEP. Everything you need to know about writing the IEP.
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.
Free Capital Letters Worksheets
Capital Letters Worksheets. How to use uppercase letters. Free language worksheets.
Free Printable Resources for Back to School
Back to school icebreakers, worksheets, printables and resources.
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Deafness and hard of hearing disabilities
Multiple Disabilities
Children with multiple disabilities. Supporting IEPs of students who are multiply disabled.
Topography of Behavior
Topography is the term for what a behavior looks like.
Printable Worksheets for the Alphabet
Alphabet worksheets. Printing worksheets. Handwriting.
How Behavior Self Monitoring Can Hold Students...
Special education students succeed with behavior management tools that make them accountable for their own behavior.
Contents of an Individual Education Plan (IEP)
IEP contents, Contents of an Individual Education Program
Cartoon Strips to Teach "I Statements"
Students with disabilities have a lot of trouble managing their feelings, especially "bad" feelings that
Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
Dysgraphia, while it shares some similarities with dyslexia, is a separate learning disability which causes problems putting thoughts on paper.
20 Letter Blends in Spelling and Sounds
Spelling lists and spelling patterns. 44 sounds in spelling, the spelling blends.
FBA - a Functional Behavioral Analysis for...
The FBA or Functional Behavioral Analysis is the method used to evaluate a behavior for both topology and function, in order to write a BIP
Free Printable Math Worksheet for Halloween
Monster Math worksheets provide fun but structured practice in solving word problems with addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.
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.
Accommodations for Students with Special Needs
Modifications for students with special needs. How to modify a classroom lesson. Teacher tips for classroom accommodations.
Why Instruction and Assessment Methods Should...
Differentiated instruction and differentiated assessment.
Behavior Versus Classroom Management
behavior management classroom special education discipline positive reinforcement structure seating environment
Developing Peer Support in the Inclusive...
Lessons for the inclusive classroom.
Severe Emotional Disturbances (SED) Classrooms
Best practices for dealing with students with emotional disturbances includes lots of structure and reinforcement.
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.
Free Printable Back to School Handouts Help...
A free printable handout for Back to School that has students consider personal study and subject preferences in order to get to know their classmates better.
Assessment for Special Education –...
Assessment for Special Education is foundational for the success of identification, placement and programming for children with special needs.
Mathematics for Special Education - Skills for...
An overview of foundational skills for primary grades found in the Common Core State Standards
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.
Developmental Reading -- Teaching Reading...
A definition of developmental reading that explains its use in secondary education programs
Writing Lesson Plans in the Self Contained...
The challenges of planning for special education students and meeting all stakeholders needs include aligning your objectives to both IEP goals and
IEP Statements: Written Comprehension
IEP statements and goals for written comprhension. IEPs
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
IEP Goals -- Writing Effective Goals for...
IEP Goals for progress monitoring spell out the behavior, the circumstances, the performance expectations and the data collection schedule for goals that are the backbone of a child's special education program.
Letter Reversals and What It Means
Letter and word reversals, teaching printing
12 Intervention Methods for Chronic Lying in...
Why children lie. Help for the child who lies. The chronic liar. Disciplining a child that lies.
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.
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.
Social Skills Lesson on Friends - Social Skills...
A lesson plan for viewing the movie How to Eat Fried Worms as part of a social skills unit on
How to Create A Non-Threatening, Welcome...
A checklist to determine if you have a welcome, non-threatening classroom enviroment. Classroom learning at its best.
4 Individual Achievement Tests for Special...
Individual Achievement Tests provide important information for present levels on the IEP, for diagnosis and progress monitoring.
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 Effectively Solve Problems in 7 Steps
Effective problem solving strategies.
Improving Reading Comprehension in Students...
Students with dyslexia often struggle with reading comprehension. Teachers can provide instruction on self-monitoring strategies to help children with dyslexia learn to monitor their reading comprehension and implement strategies as they are reading to help improve comprehension.
Dolch High Frequency Cloze Activities for...
Free printable cloze worksheets for the second grade Dolch high frequency words.
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.
Social Skills Lessons on Friends -- Build a...
This is a brief lesson for the social skills unit on friends, involving labeling hands, head and feet with things a friend will do.
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.
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.
Writing Checklist to Determine Learning...
Writing Skills Checklist to determine learning disabilities, learning disability checklist
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.
Basic Math Skills: Counting and Cardinality
Knowing the names of whole numbers and being able to match them to equivalent arrays of objects is a foundational skill for mathematics.
More Activities for Word Walls
What you can do with a word wall. How to use a word wall, activities for the word walls.
Conduct Disorder -- a Severe Behavior Disorder
Conduct Disorder is the more severe behavioral disorder identified by IDEA as a Behavior Disturbance.
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.
Consequences, Not Punishment
Consequences can be used to teach appropriate classroom and academic behavior.
Behavior Contracts for the Bus
Students with disabilities sometimes get themselves into trouble on the school bus. These bus contracts help bus drivers, teacher, parents and students work together to improve behavior.
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.
Activities to Support Good Social Skills in the...
How to teach social skills. Social skill lessons.
Positive Behavior Support Creates Classroom...
There are multiple forms of positive behavior support that will create a positive learning environment and minimize the need for discipline.
Checklists for Children with Learning...
Characteristics of learning disabilities, learning disabilities checklists
A Color Wheel Behavior Management System
The color wheel classroom management system is a tool to clarify classroom expectations and help understand different expectations for different instructional activities
Shaping -- A Teaching Technique Which Moves...
Shaping is a teaching technique developed by behaviorists in which successive approximations are accepted.
Classroom Management
Classroom management. Rules, routines and tips for classroom management in the inclusional classroom
No Motivation!
How do you motivate students with disabilities and is lacking in confidence and self esteem? Motivational Stategies here will help!

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