On this page are activities and materials related to teaching students with disabilities or special learning needs. Many of these activities also fit well in other categories of this wiki.MC900292122.png

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Do2Learn: Educational Resources for Special Education

A very comprehensive website with many "hands-on," practical suggestions for teaching students with disabilities. Many sorts of disabilities are discussed. The focus is very much on providing assistance to the teachers as individual professionals as well as to schools as learning communities.

Hands-on Tasks and IDEAS, Inc. (HOT-IDEAS)

Another website that offers ideas and (in this case) materials that can be purchased to support teaching students with disabilities. Like Do2Learn (cited above), it is fairly complete--but unlike it HOT-IDEAS is a commercial venture.

- Seifert Seifert Feb 13, 2012 on behalf of Tammy Allison and Cynthia Bowman, Marist College

Slideshow about ADHD and Its Implications for Teaching and Learning

This link goes to a set of 20 slides explaining the nature of attention deficit disorder and its implications for teaching and learning in classrooms. The slides are in Powerpoint format. To edit them, save the file under a new name; to print them in black-and-white, change the color scheme to a simple "gray scale" or something similar.

- Seifert Seifert Feb 2, 2012 on behalf of Tammy Allison and Cynthia Bowman, Marist College

LD Online

This website offers articles about all aspects of working with students with learning disabilities. The focus is only on Learning Disabilities, and not on other sorts of disabilities. Most of the material offered is in the form of short articles on various topics.

- Seifert Seifert Feb 13, 2012 on behalf of Tammy Allison and Cynthia Bowman, Marist College

The ADHD Information Library

This link goes to website with lots of information about ADHD and how to respond to it helpfully. Among other things that it does, the site explains and illustrates different types of ADHD and offers practical strategies for dealing with each type.

- Seifert Seifert Feb 13, 2012 on behalf of Tammy Allison and Cynthia Bowman, Marist College

The Diversity of Special Needs

This link goes to a discussion activity that highlights the tremendous diversity among students with special educational needs.

- Seifert Seifert Jun 2, 2010

Nature of Developmental Disabilities: Summary

This is a summary of several kinds of disabilities that affect the rate and extent of cognitive and social development. The descriptions are based somewhat on a "medical model" of disabilities, which may limit their usefulness to classroom teachers. They are clear, however, and trustworthy, since the author is the USA National Institute of Health.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 9, 2011 on behalf of Katie Infante (Marist College) and Jody Osika (Marist College)

Overview of Ways To Respond to Special Educational Needs

This is a free 100-page book published by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), and as such it takes an international perspective in places. But it is quite relevant to North American preservice teachers' needs! Well-written and well-organized.

- Seifert Seifert Oct 20, 2010

Bug-Ridden Math Work Sheet

A simulation of a math-related learning disability, using invented data. For a few more suggestions about simulating disabilities, see the next item below.

- Seifert Seifert Jun 2, 2010

Perceptual Masking--a source of reading difficulty?

One reason some students have trouble learning to read may have to do with so-called perceptual masking--the interference of one perceptual stimulus with another, causing an overall decrease in effectiveness of perception. Here is a brief, in-class demonstration of this phenomenon as it might affect a student learning to read.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 12, 2010

Simulations of Various Disabilities

Certain disabilities can be simulated for periods of time using a few simple strategies. This activity describes how to do them, and some ethical issues related to using simulations as a teaching device.

- Seifert Seifert Jun 2, 2010

Pros and Cons of Labeling Disabilities in Students

The concept of "learning disabilities" is one of the most ambiguous labels used in special education, and therefore one of the most controversial. Here are a couple of readings that can help students understand why.

- Seifert Seifert Jun 2, 2010

Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder "Real"?

Social observer Ken Robinson offers a sweeping critique of public education. For part of his evidence, he cites the special education category of “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,” and critiques it for its ambiguity.

- Seifert Seifert Feb 4, 2011 on behalf of Helenrose Fives.

IEP Information and Examples

Here are examples of IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) forms used in a few school jurisdictions to support students with disabilities.

- Seifert Seifert Jun 2, 2010

Youthful Tendency Disorder

This article from the Madison, Wisconsin-based Onion is a spoof on the pitfalls of using disability labels to describe children. It's amusing to read, but at the same time it makes a serious point about the stereotyping and stigmatizing effects of labels.

- Seifert Seifert Dec 2, 2010