The ultimate guide to special needs teaching: 100+ resources and links

Whether you have an entire class of students with special needs, or you’ve welcomed a student with a disability into your traditional classroom, this massive list of resources will help you research different disorders and conditions, review special lesson plans, and find the support you need to work with your students and help them succeed. There are sections devoted to teaching students with: visual impairments, deafness or hearing loss, autism, … [Read more...]

Autism spectrum disorders: A primer for parents and educators

This primer comes from the National Association of School Psychologists with basic facts about autism spectrum disorders and effective intervention strategies. … [Read more...]

How to increase student learning time

Here's an interesting suite of resources from the Doing What Works initiative. It features elementary schools, increased learning time programs, partnerships, and schools with extended learning day initiatives that successfully implement research-based practices connected to increasing learning time. At the link below, practitioners can learn about the research base for schools and programs seeking to increase student learning time, see how these … [Read more...]

Using “What Works”

Updated August 2012This resource page is a companion to NICHCY's Structured Abstract 80, which summarized the findings of Scruggs, Mastropieri, Berkeley, & Graetz (2010) in their published meta-analysis entitled Do Special Education Interventions Improve Learning of Secondary Content?It's a fascinating meta-analysis of special education research about "what works." We urge you to read the structured abstract, learn more about the specific interventions … [Read more...]

Learn to Implement Effective RTI for Mathematics!

by the IRIS Center The IRIS Center is a national center that provides high-quality resources about students with disabilities for college and university faculty and professional development trainers. Visit IRIS' website to find free, online, interactive training enhancements that translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice. ******************************************************************************************************** Did … [Read more...]

Arranging a Classroom to Create an Inclusive Learning Environment

By Nicole Eredics Nicole Eredics is an Elementary Educator who has spent over 15 years working in inclusive classrooms, a parent advocate and community support group leader. She currently hosts Inclusive Classrooms on the Talking Special Needs Network on blog talk radio. Nicole has developed and discovered many valuable resources for parents, teachers and schools that focus on the inclusion of special needs children in the classroom. Adapted from … [Read more...]

Educator’s guide to getting accessible materials for your students

From the center that knows all about accessible instructional materials, the AIM Center.  (posted September 1, 2011) … [Read more...]

What Works: Effective Teaching Strategies for Students with Disabilities

by Elaine Mulligan Project Director, National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)September 2011 Teaching is not an exact science, where one approach fits all. A carefully planned lesson might inspire one student to craft an amazing story, commit to improving her grades, and go on to college to become a journalist. That same lesson might leave another child confused and discouraged.Effective teaching requires flexibility … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Bad Co-Teacher

by Elaine Mulligan Project Director National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) I am a teacher. No, I’m not currently working in classrooms. I’m a teacher in the same way that I’m a pink-nosed Irish woman, or a Virgo – it’s inherent in my character. More specifically, I’m a special education teacher. My attention is always drawn to the person in any room who seems excluded or in need of help; I … [Read more...]

Finding What Works for Children with Special Needs

by the What Works Clearinghouse Educators working with children who exhibit emotional and behavioral concerns are interested in new techniques that will help them meet the needs of their students. But we shouldn’t expect teachers to have the time to examine the voluminous number of articles on this topic.The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) takes on this task by providing an independent examination of education research in order to provide central, … [Read more...]

NOTICE: The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) is no longer in operation. Our funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) ended on September 30, 2013. Our website and all its free resources will remain available until September 30, 2014.