This page was designed to assist you in broadening your understanding of special education students. It also provides program suggestions, internet resources and teaching tools at your fingertips to help you provide intervention for struggling students. You can scroll down or click on one of the tabs below to go directly to the desired section.

RTI | Learning Disabilities | Attention Deficit Disorder | Autism | Behavioral Issues |
Special Education
| College Resources for Students with Special Needs | Reading | Writing | Math | Differentiation


Resources for Response to Intervention (RTI) The RTI Action Network is a program of the National Center of Learning Disabilities and provides information and free resources for setting up and implementing your RTI program. This website offers information and resources for your RTI program.
The Iris Center comes out of Vanderbilt University and takes the current cognitive research and puts it into practice in the classroom. This part of the site offers information and resources for your RTI program. Check out other parts of the site for great resources for intervention strategies. Branching Minds is a new innovative App for purchase. It helps teachers to pinpoint the cognitive underpinnings that are getting in the way of a student's success, a database of targeted and researched backed interventions to address the cause, and progress monitoring and reporting systems to aid you in tracking this student through your RTI program. I had the opportunity to develop some of the diagnostic and RTI content in its early stages. If you move to purchase this program for your school please let them know Hollis sent you. This website provides web resources for finding information about, and resources for your RTI program.

resources for learning disabilities
Everyone reading is a leading resource for dyslexia and related learning disabilities. It was formerly the New York chapter of the International Dyslexia Association.
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them.
This is a user friendly website for teachers, parents and children facing learning disabilities.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Learning Ally, formerly known as Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, offers more than 75,000 digitally recorded audiobooks (including both textbooks and literary titles).
Dr. Anna Wilson, a dyscalculia expert from New Zealand, shares the latest on dyscalculia with parents, teachers, and individuals who struggle to learn math.


Resources for Attention Deficit Disorder
This magazine is great for parents of children with ADHD as well as for adults with ADHD.
This website is a national resource center on ADHD.
This organization, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, has local chapters that meet on a regular basis to provide support. It also provides resources to families challenged with ADHD.
School success for students with ADHD.
How to start talking and stop arguing with your ADHD child.
Ideas on how teachers can help their ADHD students.
Classroom accommodations for students with ADHD. This is an article, 10 Common Challenges and Best Practices for Teaching Students with ADHD.

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Resources for Autism
A "megajournal" that includes helpful articles as well as the latest research on autism and how that can translates into intervention ideas.
The Autism Society provides information on autism and provides local chapters where families faced with autism can find support.
This website provides a wealth of information including local resources, news and information about autism. 
This site offers a plethora of information and resources.
This website features products by an artist with autism to raise awareness about respecting differences. It includes posters for the classroom.
This site provides 101 noteworthy sites on the topic of Asperger's and The Autism Spectrum.
Article on how to use everyday routines to build language and social.
The National Institute for Health provides a wealth of information about Autism.
A curriculum for foster and adoptive parents on how to parent a child with autism.

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Resources for Behavioral Issues
The Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice provides information as well as prevention and intervention strategies for working with ED students.
The National Dissemination Center of Children with Disabilities provides excellent descriptions of specific mental and emotional disorders. The Iris Center comes out of Vanderbilt University and takes the current cognitive research and puts it into practice in the classroom. This site offers a plethora of strategies to implement in your classroom. This website provides information on Collaborative Problem Solving which is a fantastic method for solving behavior problems in and out of the classroom. Dr. Greene's website provides audio training and video examples of using a collaborative approach to dealing with behavior problems in children.

The" Magic Circle": A Daily Therapeutic Group (PDF)

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Resources for Special Education 
This is a comprehensive website that can benefit both parents and teachers. It provides many printable point charts/worksheets, strategies for specific disabilities, book suggests, and much more.
NYC's Charter Center provides a special education collaborative that provides charter schools with different levels of service depending on the type of membership purchased.
The New York State office of Special Education provides a plethora of information as well as forms needed. Click here to get information on impartial hearings
NYS Parent's guide to Special Education, although not revised, has all the information a parent needs to maneuver through the process.
New York City's Department of Education information on special Education
NYC Parent's guide to Special Education walks a parent through the process. It is also extremely helpful for Support Service/ Special Education Coordinators and school leaders. This is a comprehensive handbook for parents who are raising a special needs child. This is an amazing website that offers tools and strategies for helping students with special needs. There are how-to videos and step-by-step instructions for solutions you can use in your classroom tomorrow. This resource could have been put under the headings of Autism, Emotional Disturbance, ADHD, and Learning Disabilities because the strategies that are offered often are aimed at one or more of these types of populations. This website provides free educational information, financial options, and emotional support for parents of children affected by cerebral palsy. Resources for Cerebral Palsy Resources for Cerebral Palsy and Brain Injuries Help with understanding Sensory Overload

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College Resources for Students with Special Needs

College Resources for Students with Disabilities Great guide!
Great information on Scholarships and financial aid for students with disabilities. 
Scholarship information for students with disabilities
Scholarships and financial aid for students with disabilities.
Many resources for students with disabilities in higher education
This is your go to website for resources for college students with disabilities.
Information and resources for going to a trade school for students with disabilities 

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Resources for Reading

two girls readingReading Intervention programs that I have found to be effective: The Iris Center comes out of Vanderbilt University and takes the current cognitive research and puts it into practice in the classroom. This site offers a plethora of strategies to implement in your classroom.

For Decoding
Preventing Academic Failure is an Orton Gillingham based intervention program. It provides explicit instruction on phonemes in a sequential order and teaches decoding along with encoding. It includes controlled readers that help students gain confidence and learn to enjoy reading.
Wilson Reading Program was designed for students in third grade or above who are reading below grade level. It is based on the multisensory Orton Gillingham method.

Decoding Word Lists
Word lists are a great way for students to practice and become fluent with new phonics rules. Why reinvent the wheel. Click the word lists below to download PDFs.

Short Vowels Consonant Digraphs Magic "e" Long Vowels Bossy "r"
short a th a-e long a review ar
short a nonsense ch i-e long i review or
short i sh a-e & i-e long e review ar & or
short a & i mixed digraphs o-e long a,i,e review er,ir,ur
short o wh, ph a-e, i-e & o-e long o review bossy "r" mixed review
short e   u-e long u review  
short u Suffixes e-e long vowel review Nonsense Words
short vowels mixed -es magic "e" review   one syllable
compound words -ed   Syllable Division Rules two syllable
-ing Syllables Types VCCV three syllable
Vowel Digraphs -er closed VCV nonsense word test
ow, ou review --es, -ed,-ing, -er open VCCV/VCV  
oo mixed review open and closed VCCCV Miscellaneous
oi, oy -tion magic e VV soft c & g simple
oo, oy -sion bossy r   soft c & g complex
ui, ou, ew -cial, tial vowel digraph Multi-Syllables contractions
au, aw   special syllables multisyllable 1  
aught, ought Prefixes   multisyllable 2  
  re-, pre-   multisyllable 3  
  ex-, sub-, under-      
  mixed review      
  prefix and suffix mixed      

For Comprehension
Soar to Success has engaging books and a program that has a proven record of helping below grade level readers reach grade level and beyond.
Leveled Literacy Intervention was created by Fountas and Pinnell to help raise the achievement of struggling readers. It has a five minute phonics section but mostly focuses on comprehension. It incorporates writing a response to literature as well.

Click here for Effective Instruction for for Middle School Students with Reading Difficulties:
A Teacher's Sourcebook (PDF)

For Inferencing
This book, Between the Lines – Enhancing Inferencing Skills by Cecile Cyrul Spector has great activities and provides explicit instruction on how to inference.


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Resources for Writing

boy Self Regulated Strategy Development is a researched backed writing strategy that provides Mnemonics and simple structures to support writing development in narrative, informational, and opinion formats. It also adds explicit instruction in self-regulation and self-talk to help students talk themselves through challenges in writing. It is appropriate for all grade levels.
An online resource for graphic organizers

Click to download one of the PDF writing resources in the table below.

Reading Response Planning & Graphic Organizers Word Help Editing Check Lists
story map sandwich paragraph transition words story writing criteria
story board paragraph frames other ways to say... writing inventory 1
  creative story   writing inventory 2
  expository map   five step editing
  expository outline    
  persuasive essay organizer    

andwriting Instruction/Intervention
Handwriting Without Tears is a multi-sensory handwriting program that is especially good for pre-school and kindergarten students. It can also be used with older elementary students with dysgraphia (impaired ability to write, form letters).
Preventing Academic Failure has a handwriting component that is very effective for teaching and reinforcing letter formation.

Typing Programs

For students with dysgraphia, learning to type can release their inner author and provide a sense of empowerment and freedom.

Voice Recognition Software

For some students with severe dysgraphia and fine motor difficulties, this is a great accommodation.

i-pad by Apple is also a great tool for this task. Have the student use Siri to dictate his/her writing, Then use the voice recognition software in the i-pad to turn it into type. The student can then edit it. Many children find this extremely motivating.

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Resources for Math

boy doing
This website offers many games and practice activities for different math concepts.
This website provides fun math games to help kids practice and become fluent with math facts. 
This website offers many online games to help develop and reinforce math skills. It also offers videos and printable worksheets. 

AT Devices for Students Struggling in Math
This chart from the Georgia Department of Education is a comprehensive list of assistive technology tools for students who struggle to learn math. The chart makes suggestions by age group and math content area.

The Math Forum @ Drexel
This site offers resources for improving math learning and teaching, including remedial math guides, technology tools, practice problems and solutions, and more. This active site is useful for both those who struggle to learn math and those who seek to help them (teachers and parents). Eight Step Model Drawing is my favorite method for teaching students a strategy for math problem solving. It is especially helpful for students with language based learning disabilities, Dyscalculia, and higher order thinking challenges. I am not connected with the author's or publishing company in any way. This website offers a plethora of math resources from games, to websites, to kid friendly activities.

Math Intervention Programs
This is a great multisensory program that can be used in conjunction with other math programs to target specific weak concepts.
For those students who struggle significantly with basic number sense, this multisensory program can help.

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Resources for Differentiation and
Universal Design for Learning Strategies
This is a comprehensive website for Universal Design for Learning.
This is a nice introduction to UDL in powerpoint format.
Reading Rockets offers a great overview of UDL.
This is a new and innovative App for purchase. It provides teachers with a database of UDL strategies as well as resources for writing IEP goals according to CCSS.
This website is a great resource not just on information about differentiation but also it provides lesson plans and strategies to help you differentiate in your classroom.
This is a helpful blog about differentiation.
This online merchandiser is a great resource for differentiation tools to use in your classroom.

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