Many children with special needs require differentiated learning. This means teachers adapt their lessons to suit the different learning styles of their students. Teachers are busy and have large classes of students, which makes it difficult to individualize learning for a particular child.
Fortunately, there are great resources on the internet that parents can use to help their children’s teachers by supplying tools that meet the needs of their children. In addition, many of the resources are suitable for parents and students to use at home. Here are five websites that offer educational resources that help children with special needs.
This website includes both free and paid resources to help children with special needs.
There are free printable worksheets to help with a range of topics including:
- Fine motor skills
- Social skills
- Math concepts
- Problem solving
- Test taking
In addition to the worksheets, the site provides information on assessment of special needs, special education and parents’ rights.
The George Lucas Educational Foundation runs this website. Although primarily directed at teacher development, most of the resources are relevant to parents.
Under the category special education, there are articles on lots of different topics including:
- Strengthening Executive Function Development for Students with ADD
- Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup
- Special Education: Promoting More Inclusion at Your School
- How Technology Can Improve Post-Secondary Outcomes for Students with Autism
Other categories are differentiated instruction, assistive technology and social and emotional learning.
This site has many resources for children with visual impairments and blindness.
Part of the website is Scout, which is a “searchable database of carefully evaluated online resources related to blindness and visual impairment.”
The website links to helpful articles including:
- Reading Strategies for Students with Visual Impairments
- Mathematics made easy for kids with visual impairments
- College Board Testing Accommodations: What You Need to Know
The government funds the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD).
Their website has extensive information on assistive technology and webinars on related topics including:
- Getting Started with Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) for Your Child
- Free and Low Cost AT Tools & Resources for Accessible Textbooks and Educational Materials
- Accessible Educational Materials: Basics for Educators and Families
The library section covers a range of topics from advocacy to transitions. There are also online courses available, but they require registration.
Tes is a website where teachers share information and lesson plans. It includes free and paid resources. The site also includes lessons so teachers can brush up on different subjects including English grammar, math and science.
Many of these lessons are suitable for children. There is a dedicated section for special needs with resources including:
- Visual timetable cards
- Dear zoo literacy activities
- Graphic organizers
- Six super sensory suggestions
- What’s for dinner? Sign language pictures for common foods
I first published this article on Examiner.com.