Four Teacher Tools for Helping Students Who Have Special Needs

By Edmodo HR | March 14th, 2017 | No Comments


April is Autism Awareness Month, and after doing a bit of research, we wanted to share some teacher tools and classroom resources relating to helping students with special needs to make your lives a little bit easier. We scoured Edmodo Spotlight for some of our favorite examples. Have a look!

Vaccines and the Autism Myth

In recent years, one particularly controversial study has kicked up a storm of discussion, even with dozens of studies that contradict it. In this video series, Rishi Desai, a pediatric infectious disease physician who works at Khan Academy, breaks down the evidence against the link and how the myth emerged. If you’re looking to help your class understand the controversy spreading through the country, consider assigning this video as homework and then holding a discussion in your classroom the next day.

Transition Programming for Students with Significant Disabilities

Transitioning students with special needs through graduation or deferring graduation is a tough process. Special Education departments may find Terri Mac Donald’s Transition Programming document particularly helpful, which is a record of what her school’s program is doing to prepare students for success in post-secondary education. It may not be a perfect fit, but you’re free to modify the transition activities and programming.

Google Tools for Special Needs

Google has an almost impossibly broad range of apps, tools, and browser extensions that can help students with special needs. But finding them and figuring out how they can help your classroom can be rough, and presents the possibility of being a timesink if you don’t find the right fit. Thankfully, this video presentation gives you a detailed overview of which Google tools you can use effectively for students with Special Needs.

The Survival Guide for Kids with LD*

Ever since this book was first published in 1990, this guide has been essential for many students with learning differences. The revised and updated version of the guide has kept the original’s accessible tone while keeping the important answers after laws and technology have changed since the first publish date. This is a great book to have on hand for students who are discovering they may have learning differences, but it also includes resources for teachers and parents.


Do you have any recommendations for helpful resources on students who have special needs? Let us know in the comments!

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