This collection includes resources to help you adapt and modify your lessons for students with special needs. But really ... these are powerful techniques for ALL learners, so dig in!

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Plan your lessons with an eye toward providing just the right tool to help your students be successful, while still developing their independence as learners. It's called scaffolding.
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The purpose of specialized instruction in literacy and mathematics is to teach students skills and strategies to work independently to access content. This resource includes many such strategies to meet the variety of needs our special education students present to us.
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This is an outstanding resource for teaching individuals with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and other disabilities sound blending, phoneme segmentation, letter-sound correspondences, decoding, shared reading, sight word recognition, reading sentences and simple stories, and reading comprehension.
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Browse through this collection of strategies to address the needs of students who struggle with literacy.
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This is the first chapter of a new book from ASCD (http://www.ascd.org/Publications/Books/Overview/Total-Literacy-Techniques.aspx) that provides multiple tools to help students analyze literature and informational texts. Jump to page 22 to find specific information about students with special needs.
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Reading Resources.net

by Tricia Roach

This website is dedicated to helping children learn to read.  For anyone who cares about reading and helping those with dyslexia and reading difficulties, ReadingResource.net is for you. We can explain why children can't read and tell you what you can do to improve their reading skills. Whatever you are seeking, be it reading strategies, teacher resources, reading activities or just a better understanding of the causes of dyslexia and reading problems themselves, you have come to the right place.  
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Learn how to use the principles of Universal Design to help all of your students be successful with the Common Core standards.
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The Inclusive Class

by Tricia Roach

A great website offering strategies and solutions for teaching children in the inclusive classroom.
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The Intervention Planner for Academics  is a free online tool that lets educators put together customized academic intervention plans to address reading, writing, and math issues for struggling learners. Once you have created an academic intervention plan, you can download the plan in text or PDF format and even email it to others. And if you have a free Intervention Central account, you can also save academic intervention plans that you create online for later retrieval.
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Effectively engaging with text requires all students to be able to learn the academic vocabulary that goes along with that text. Check out what this strategy has to offer to do just that.
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How can we help our students with ADHD bring their attention back to the tasks we need them to focus on, while still honoring them and how they learn best?
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