Special Education Internet Resources

Watson Institute special education consultants have developed this list of relevant special education internet resources for educators and caregivers of children with special needs.

**Please note: listed products and websites do not represent an endorsement by the Watson Institute. The Watson Institute does not receive financial or other recognition from developing the suggested list below.

Some websites can be found in multiple topic areas.  Note many materials available on sites are applicable to different populations of students and adults but may be listed under a specific heading as ‘Autism’.

Complete list of websites and topics can be downloaded in the Word Document format here: Special Education Internet Resources

Autism Spectrum Disorder Sites

Relevant Websites

https://www.thewatsoninstitute.org/resources/special-education-resources/  Numerous special education resources for classroom Set-ups; find how to set up a classroom with power point descriptions; data sheets; schedule templates; Quality Guidelines; Behavior Stories; articles; and more

https://www.thewatsoninstitute.org/watson-life-resources/  Part of The Watson Institute site – this interactive site offers answers to teacher, parent, therapist, care-taker, and community personnel supporting students on the Spectrum, as well as any student facing challenges.  Questions and answers are provided with steps to implement strategies accompanied by short video vignettes and links to needed resources.

www.cindysautisticsupport.com  Printables in many domains; classroom photos; links galore – this site is used & awarded world-wide

http://www.autismclassroomresources.com/   Offer photos and instructions for creating a classroom including Independent Work information.  Numerous resources that are free and available to order.

http://theautismhelper.com/  Free printables; information and materials to purchase in all areas including behavior, communication, academics, seasonal.  Training videos, and videos demonstrating class set-ups and materials.

www.do2learn.com Includes areas of ‘Disabilities, Academics, Behavior Management, Picture cards, Social, and Job Tips.  Toolboxes available in each area with printable items.  Items available that can be used for Independent Work jobs. Photos that demonstrate strategies and information.  Lesson activities in areas available.  Licenses can be purchased to receive access to more materials

www.members.tripod.com/trainland/pecs.htm Hundreds of Links to Communication, Assistive technology, PECS, photos of workstations, picture/symbol sites, picture recipes, chore flashcards, purchase sites.

https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/irca  Indiana Resource Center for Autism –Includes numerous visuals for home, school , behavior/emotions.  Photos of worksystems, tasks, and schedules are available.  Demonstration videos for visuals in the home available.  Articles and other resources for autism.

http://visuals.autism.net/visuals/main.php?g2_itemId=25 – Many printable visuals with video vignettes to explain each

www.practicalautismresources.com/  Includes chart for Apps for Autism, free printables, links; the Gallery and Tips has room arrangement for Structured Teaching and independent work task photos.  Their products include CDs for discrete trial, VB, assessment as ABLLS; note their pintables are good for these as well

www.setbc.org – visuals under Picture set and Curriculum (Boardmaker)

www.buildingblox.net/home.html  Structured Teaching task photos and materials; classroom photos. Many items for tasks are free.  Includes a teacher share section.

http://www.victoriesnautism.com/index.html Free visuals (schedules, self-monitoring charts, behavior cue cards, and so much more)

http://www.aspergerssocialstories.com/ These are videos to teach many topics. The majority are in first person. Includes topics such as “How I calm down”; an exercise in facial cues. Preview first before showing students. Videos can be downloaded

http://www.speakingofspeech.com/  Printables for social stories, visuals such as cooking, social pragmatics, data forms; section on Lesson plan formats; IEP goal banks.  Boardmaker images for some items.

http://www.autism-pdd.net/testdump/test14154.htm

Social Stories – many in power point format, others in story format, or one page visuals

http://jillkuzma.wordpress.com/  Social Skills website with downloads, powerpoint presentations, shared materials; Pinterest materials; links including YouTube vignettes

http://positivelyautism.weebly.com/freebies.htm  Sections include Social Skills, Academics, Behavior, Community.  Collections include  Social Stories in PDF and powerpoint, ABA materials, Lesson Plans, Data Sheets, Games, Work Tasks, video vignettes to demonstrate materials, visual supports, behavior templates & other educational resources for students with autism spectrum disorder

www.kansasasd.com   Variety of visuals, training materials and social stories.

www.adaptedlearning.com   Boardmaker pages and activities.  Need to have Boardmaker.

www.setbc.org   Includes visuals, social stories and curriculum materials.  PictureSet is a collection of downloadable visual supports that can be used by students for both expressive and receptive communication.

http://autismeducators.com/  Membership with low cost materials and free download materials.  Includes visual supports, work tasks, social stories, IEP goal bank with support materials, teacher tips, communication forum.  Note the site can be applicable to other populations as well as Autism Spectrum Disorder

www.disneyclips.com/funstuff/scenes.html  Interactive site for Special Interest Area for students. Click and drag to create 4 different Disney scenes.

http://autism.about.com  Provides listing of numerous sites and articles of information.

www.tinsnips.org  Tinsnips is a special education resource that shares a variety of specialized teaching tools, techniques, worksheets and activities with teachers of students with autism. Many links to free materials.

www.speakingofspeech.com/ – Printables for social stories, visuals such as cooking, social pragmatics, data forms; section on Lesson plan formats; IEP goal banks. Boardmaker images for some items.

http://www.sharonscreativecorner.com/  Blog site but includes numerous activities with photos. The Blog section provides short articles such as ‘How to Decrease Chewing’ – read carefully.

www.jkp.com/mindreading Software to help individuals with autism spectrum disorder learn about emotions

www.educateautism.com  Free educational materials and teaching aids for children with autism. Numerous articles & tutorials written about Applied Behaviour Analysis and interventions as social stories.  Free downloads including RECS, emotions, Dolch words, shapes, token templates

www.thetransporters.com/  DVD available for purchase for children with autism spectrum disorder to identify feelings/emotions.

http://Carolgraysocialstories.com Information provided to teach you about Social Stories by the creator.  Books by the author Carol Gray are available for purchase.

http://www.5pointscale.com/stuff_kari.htm   Downloadables and examples for using the 5 point scale including behavior, dating, requesting help, interacting, coping; includes visuals for training staff; book reviews; order information

http://www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/main/library_social_stories.html  Social stories, videos, songs, and links for resources for autism and other special needs.

http://www.adaptingforautism.com/visual-supports/autism-visual-supports-number-strip/ This site provides free items and items to order, specializing in adapting materials and providing visual supports across areas/subjects including: file folder activities, behavior support visuals, money visuals, history and social studies, pre-writing, and adapted books.

http://benziesangmassocialstoriesforautism.blogspot.com/ Website that provides numerous social stories

https://researchautism.org/who-we-are/ Part of OAR – Organization for Autism Research. This site provides a forum for questions and answers on topics of interest in the Spectrum arena for children and adults. The questions are often answered by people on the Spectrum and their experiences and advice.

http://www.understandingspecialeducation.com/site-map.html This site offers families assistance with the Special Education process

http://faqautism.com/This site offers 5 minute podcasts and/or short posts with “practical ideas and creative solutions to enhance life quality and maximize the potential of individuals with autism.” Tips are provided in the following areas: social issues, communication, behavior challenges, sensory issues, personal interaction, daily living rituals and routines, health and nutrition, leisure time, contentment, and general quality of life.

http://www.autismadventures.com/2013/04/teacch-task-boxes.html This teacher’s blog offers many supports for visuals, independent work tasks, and behavior supports. She provides photos of her materials, free items, and items for sale at reasonable costs. Areas include: organization, monthly themes, academics, behaviors, communication, and organization.

http://autism.lovetoknow.com/Worksheets_for_Autistic_Children This site offers a variety of topics. One section includes worksheets on emotions, behavior, communication, social, and academics for children on the Spectrum. Items are downloadable.

http://www.autismclassroom.com/ This site offers resources, photos, and narratives on setting up a classroom and/or home space for children on the Spectrum. Social and behavior supports are provided. Links to Pinterest are provided and items can be purchased. Video vignettes are provided as well.

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Special Needs Training

Relevant Websites

https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/afirm-modules  Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules offers MANY modules with the availability of earning CE credits.  Among the modules offered, a few include: Visual Supports, Visual Modeling, Technology aided Instruction & intervention, Structured Play Groups, Social Skills, Reinforcement, Prompting, Cognitive Based Intervention, peer mediated Intervention,Naturalistic interventions.

PATHS Program https://www.channing-bete.com/prevention-programs/paths/paths.html

Second Step http://www.secondstep.org/early-learning-curriculum

The Incredible Years   http://www.incredibleyears.com/   These are 3 program resources that OCDEL (Office of Child Development and Early Learning)  recommends providers use to address Social Emotional Learning in order to prevent suspension and expulsion. They go beyond infant, toddler, ,and preschool.

http://www.thewatsoninstitute.org/resources/special-education-resources/  Numerous special education resources for classroom Set-ups; find how to set up a classroom with power point descriptions; data sheets; schedule templates; Quality Guidelines; Behavior Stories; articles; and more

www.thewatsoninstitute.org/watson-life-resources/  Part of The Watson Institute site – this interactive site offers answers to teacher, parent, therapist, care-taker, and community personnel supporting students on the Spectrum, as well as any student facing challenges.  Questions and answers are provided with steps to implement strategies accompanied by short video vignettes and links to needed resources.

www.autisminternetmodules.org   Free interactive empirically-based training modules on autism topics

http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/sites/autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/files/Naturalistic_Steps.pdf   Module on Naturalistic training

http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/  Information on latest research, and video modules

www.educateautism.com

Free Educational materials and teaching aids for children with autism spectrum disorder. Numerous articles & tutorials written about Applied Behaviour Analysis and interventions as social stories. Free downloads including RECS, emotions, Dolch words, shapes, token templates

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/autismSpecDis.html  Chapters in the following are provided:  Foundations, Teaching and Learning, Communication and Behavior, Tools and Techniques.  Visuals, forms, many samples provided especially in the Tools and Techniques chapter.

http://www.pattan.net/category/Resources/Instructional%20Materials/Browse/?tt=Autism&t=3

Educator webinars and resources: PaTTAN (Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network) – Find distance learning, video conferences, and online courses. Many of the training opportunities have accompanying support materials to further explain the concepts addressed in training and to provide “take home” materials for learners. Available for download free of cost. Filter the Instructional Materials by topic to find relevant resources.

http://www.5pointscale.com/stuff_kari.htm   Downloadables and examples for using the 5 point scale including behavior, dating, requesting help, interacting, coping; includes visuals for training staff; book reviews; order information

https://www.autismspeaks.org/  A listing of websites provided by Autism Speaks.  Majority of sites provide curricula, assessments tools, software and other products for purchase.

http://www.understood.org/ This site offers articles and strategies to support children from 3 to 20 years old with learning and attention challenges. They state: “15 non-profit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood aims to be that support.”

Special Education Apps & Technology

Relevant Websites

http://touchautism.com/ Description on the site: Apps for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and Special Needs

Touch Autism began to build mobile device applications for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities and other special needs after discovering how incredibly useful this type of technology can be.

Some of the many advantages of these apps are that they suit visual learners, they allow for non-verbal and non-written responding, they provide immediate and consistent feedback, and are very motivating, because they are just so much fun!

http://touchautism.com/Autism%20Apps.aspx Part of touchautism.com – wait for the left side menu of categories to appear.

http://www.linguisystems.com/products/product/appsearch Lingui system has categories of apps listed including specifically for autism

https://www.getpuzzlepiece.com/  For $19 receive an Android tablet and for additional $19 monthly provides 10 ‘autism apps’ each month.

http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/01/ipad-apps-for-autism-spreadsheet-of.html   Blog site that provides a spreadsheet of Autism apps by domain/area.

https://sites.google.com/site/tech4asd/ Training at PATTAN – Exploring Technology for Students with HFA. Handouts, resources, web links, books, apps provided. Emphasis on task analyzing writing process & using technology in more ways than keyboarding to assist students with the difficult motor & cognitive task of writing. Noted technology is available and accessible within common word processing software, through the use of power point and by adapting graphic organizers with speech output for ALL students to use.  Click ‘More Tools and Resources’ for listings/chart of APPS (autism pedogogy wheel)

http://a4cwsn.com/ This site provides on the latest app videos, iPad loans and giveaways, apps on sale. It lists 1,000 recommended apps for children with special needs with contributions from SLP, OT, PT, Vision Therapists, Behavior Specialists, adapted PE teachers, guidance, Music therapists, and more.

http://www.goodkarmaapplications.com/ This site has apps that include: First/Then visual schedules, My Choice Board, Social Stories, Video Models and more.

Special Education Reading and Language Arts

Relevant Websites

https://www.readworks.org/  Reading Comprehension instruction with free content including curriculum and tools.

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/  Interactive and printables – includes ebooks, strategies/resources, student Activities. Extensive

www.carlscorner.us.com Reading resources. Many ideas; free visuals

www.storylineonline.net Select a story to be read aloud.

www.vocabulary.co.il – All ages; interactive games for multitude of grammar/reading as antonyms, synonyms, phonics; even includes SAT; teaching videos for areas also available

http://www.storyplace.org/  Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-digital.  Provides Pre-school and Elementary books.  Each book is audio online accompanied by an online activity, a take home activity, suggested readings, and a parent activity.

www.learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org  ESL site that includes games, stories w/audio, grammar, crafts, and more.  Topics can be chosen with interactive aspects for students if they join (no cost) Note: Narration with English accent

http://www.toondoo.com/  Can create cartoon strips and books.  Students with a special interest as ‘avatars’ can create these characters.  The following link provides a detailed look at the site and how to use in classrooms: http://ictacrosscurriculum2012.wikispaces.com/ToonDoo

www.vocabulary.co.il – free vocabulary games

www.interventioncentral.org  RTI site; Academic and Behavior Interventions with Featured Tools – Generate reinforcement lists, math worksheets, behavior materials, Dolch lists and more. Time to generate ranges from low to high.  Training articles provided.

http://www.kids-pages.com – Flashcards, worksheets. There is also coloring, riddles/jokes, stories (not sound), alphabet, games, animal rhymes – note some sections/items have religious overtones. Materials are free to download. This is an ESL site.

http://esl-kids.com/  Flashcards, worksheets –The worksheets have a multitude of formats and can be generated with words, etc. Song sheets for youth available. States there is a fee but appears one can access majority of the site for free

http://www.mes-english.com/  ESL – Free worksheets, flashcards, phonics, videos, games, curriculum, certificates, projects, coloring.  The videos (go to full screen) include ‘wh’ ?s with answers.  The flashcards can be small, large, or in powerpoint

http://www.teachingheart.net/froggybooks.htm  More than just LA – Thematic ideas, lessons, free printables, crafts

http://www.raz-kids.com/  There is a fee but there are free samples.  Choose books and select to have it read to you or read it.  There are quizzes for each book. Free Apps available.

http://www.busyteacherscafe.com/literacy/comprehension_strategies.html#questioning – Comprehension Strategy resources, templates, worksheets, visuals including Making connections, Questioning, Visualizing, inferring, Determining importantnce, Synthesizing, Data logs

http://en.childrenslibrary.org/  – International children’s digital library.  Students can choose books and read the book online.  No audio.

http://read.gov/  US government site.  Can read books online but no audio. There are webcasts of authors, webcast for teacher, kids, families.

https://child1st.com/#_l_1c This site is an ordering site for Snap Words materials. The description on the site: “The answer for children who struggle lies in incorporating right-brained elements such as visuals, body movement and stories in teaching resources. We integrate left-brain content with right-brain functions so struggling children can be successful. Child1st resources are designed specifically for children who need visuals and movement to learn, including beginners, right-brained learners, visual and kinesthetic learners, children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s, auditory processing disorder, ADHD and more.”

http://www.magickeys.com/books/ This website provides online stories for a variety of ages. Some stories are coded as audio. The site also includes riddles, quizzes, and phonics, and interactive coloring with Java in Browser.

http://pbskids.org/ Videos and stories available for children online. Create a free account for access to professional development, state and national standards, and all subject area activities.

https://tarheelreader.org/ This site describes itself as: “Welcome to the Tar Heel Reader, a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. Each book can be speech-enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces, including touch screens, the IntelliKeys with custom overlays, and 1 to 3 switches. You may write your own books using pictures from the huge collection at Flickr or pictures you upload. All books should be complete, edited, and revised to the best of your ability before publishing them to the site. While you are working on them, please save them as drafts.” Easy to use!

http://www.spellingcity.com/ This site offers vocabulary word lists for LA, Science, Math, and other areas. Information and materials are offered by grade level. Wordlists, spelling activities, writing, phonics, lesson plans, supplemental materials, and interactive student lessons are provided. All materials are standard aligned. Membership fee is required and reasonable.

Special Education Games

Relevant Websites

www.scrubclub.org  Interactive games and educational tools for teachers based on hygiene.  Meet influenza Enzo.

http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/state University of Illinois Extension site. Go to PROGRAMS to open a page with entry onto science sites.

http://www.education.com/  Includes all ages across topics. The menu includes: games, activities, worksheets, workbooks, articles, science fair, schools, and more. Many free materials and online interactive games across academic area.

Special Education Resources – General

Relevant Websites

https://storytimestem.com/  This site offers purchase information on STEM Pack products incorporating Sciecne and Math into literature.  Authors state:  In 2013 we started to work with children’s librarians helping them to integrate STEM activities into their summer reading program. The children’s librarians asked us for activities that were fun and engaging for kids, easy to use, require minimal preparation time, and are aligned to research and standards

https://www.lessonplanet.com/  Provides immediate access to requested grade level and topics including activities, resources, curriculum

https://www.superteacherworksheets.com/  Worksheets in all academic areas in all grades for a reasonable membership

https://www.teachwithme.com/  Free projects, patterns, Tips & Lessons categorized by: Seasonal, Subject area, Teaching Categories.

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/  Interactive and printables – includes ebooks, strategies/resources, student Activities.  Extensive

www.enchantedlearning.com   You can subscribe but there are many free items available including science, history, language arts and much more.  Booklets, cloze activities, coloring pages and more.

www.thewatsoninstitute.org/watson-life-resources/  Part of The Watson Institute site – this interactive site offers answers to teacher, parent, therapist, care-taker, and community personnel supporting students on the Spectrum and as well as any student facing challenges. Questions and answers are provided with steps to implement strategies accompanied by short video vignettes and links to needed resources.

http://www.paulabliss.com/Life%20Skills.htm  Online and printable resources in the areas of Math, Social Studies, Health, Science, Vocational, Transitions for Life Skills population

www.abcteach.com  Variety of format uses, subject areas, including interactive SmartBoard activities; Promethan Flip charts; power points; printables. Subjects include Arts & Crafts, Handwriting, LA, Math, Music, Phonics, Reading, Social Studies, Science, Phys. Ed. and more. Elementary through middle school. Many free tools, more access if membership

www.teachingheart.net   Elementary –  Includes teaching ideas, printables, inspiration, links, lessons, units, activity sheets, and much more – Photos of a classrrom with centers and samples materials to print are included; photos of a science unit with free materials provided. Note more materials available at reasonable costs.

www.preschoolprintables.com  Offers free prinables for awards, bingo and memory games, bulletin boards, calendars, center signs, certificates, feltboard stories, file folder games, sticker charts, teacher notes, writing paper, classroom news

www.kidzone.ws/  Grades 1-5. Inclues Geometry, LA, Math, Science, Thematic Units, Magic. Printable (choose ‘non-advertisements)

www.edhelper.com  Worksheets, unit materials, reading pages, downloadable books on subject areas; every subject, grade level.  Some fee materials but membership required for most – General $20.00; ALL is $40 year.  Licenses available

www.puzzlemaker.com aPuzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more-using your own word lists.

www.sandbox-learning.com  This site requires purchase of items which include data sheets, emotion cards and personalized stories.

http://www.teachingheart.net/froggybooks.htm  Thematic ideas, lessons, printables, crafts;  LA, Science, and other units

http://www.speakingofspeech.com/  Printables for social stories, visuals such as cooking, social pragmatics, data forms; section on lesson plan formats; IEP goal banks. Includes different ages for some sections. Boardmaker images for some items

http://www.pppst.com/index.html – Powerpoint lessons in LA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Family/hygiene. Promotes independence and provides alternate activities

www.teachers.teach-nology.com  Links to the ‘Best on the Web’ for teachers. All ages, all subjects; downloadables, age-appropriate news, and much more.

www.mikids.com  Listing of grade levels to click then multitude of areas to choose from with interactive subject area games and materials. Grades K-8

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ – Membership to order materials from other teachers; note there are many free materials to download in every subject.

http://www.testdesigner.com/ – Printable tests and worksheets made easy

http://urbanext.illinois.edu/kids/  Science audio lessons –extension, alternate or accompanying lesson to curriculum

https://www.kinderplans.com/  Many free items, can join as well.  Headings include lesson plans, activities, reading, worksheets, math, crafts.  Videos are included as demonstrations.

http://www.coloring.ws/simple_shapes.htm  Coloring page templates

www.childcareland.com Early Childhood CDs for purchase; file folder games, center materials, forms. No free materials. Prices around $14.00 for a CD

http://kinderart.com/index.html VisualsHundreds of free art lessons by age, grade, themes, medium, and for adults and children.

http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators ArtsEdge is the Kennedy Center’s free digital resource for teaching & learning in, through, and about the arts.  Includes lessons, activities, projects; all Core Standard based

http://www.incredibleart.org/  Free art lessons and arts & drama lessons from Preschool through College.  All materials available to download. Also includes activities, a gallery, and links.

http://etc.usf.edu/clippix/ ClipPix ETC is a source for photos and pictures for classroom use. A friendly license allows teachers and students to use up to 25 free photos in a single, non-commercial school project without further permission/

http://www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/main/resources.html Includes visual supports, video social stories, articles; array of topics

http://www.kellyskindergarten.com/ Printable materials for kindergarten and early elementary – games, class labels, phonics, and much more

www.understood.org This site offers articles and strategies to support children from 3 to 20 years old with learning and attention challenges. They state: “15 non-profit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood aims to be that support.”

http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/ This site offers printables, lesson plans, powerpoint visual supports in all academic areas as well as behavior supports and seasonal materials.

https://www.superteacherworksheets.com/ This site offers many free materials including worksheets, lessons and activities with printables, and awards in all subject areas. Membership is also available.

http://www.nchpad.org/ This site provides articles, videos, and resources on health issues for students with challenges. It includes inclusionary strategies for areas as the arts and physical education. Teachers of specials will find this an excellent tool when planning to meet student needs.

http://learningworksforkids.com/ Articles on recent trends, featured games that include student special interest areas; information on topics as executive functioning, thinking skills, strategies to improve working memory and executive functioning. Includes a feature that assesses your child/student per questions for parent or teacher, then recommends games and apps available on the site.

Special Education Curriculum

Relevant Websites

www.esc2.net/centers/instructional/ADTech/FACES.asp Functional Academic Curriculum for Exceptional Children

This is a functional curriculum with goals/objectives in 6 areas: Health, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Vocational. The curriculum crosses age levels from elementary to high school.

Special Education Resources – Hygiene

Relevant Websites

www.scrubclub.org Interactive games and educational tools for teachers based on hygiene. Meet Influenza Enzo! Review items first to see if appropriate for students.

http://kidshealth.org/kid/grow/index.html#cat20070  Site for pre-teen and teen – note the majority of the site is text but read aloud option available; interactive games

http://www.freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com/hygiene_behavior_charts.htm  ‘behavior chart printable’ site; includes a variety of hygiene charts.

http://www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/main/resources.html#tab=resource_online&text=hygiene+social+stories  Video vignettes for hygiene issues. Note this site includes many topics. See General –Everything section for ‘home’ page

http://asdsexed.org/  Support site for teaching sexuality to students with special needs. Includes teaching information, Curriculum, Resources, and interactive question section

Special Education Life Skills Resources

Relevant Websites

http://empoweredbythem.blogspot.com/ This blog offers ideas, resources, and materials in her TpT store.   The titel is:  Adventures in a High School Special Education Transition program

http://www.breezyspecialed.com/ This site offers TpT resources, free resources, photos for Life Skills.  The title of her page is: Life Skill Resources to help all Students Succeed.  Sections include: Language Arts, Life Skills, Math, Work Tasks, Vocational.

Special Education Behavior Support

Relevant Websites

https://usat.ly/2xZt5SX  This video provides information on online stories, videos, and resources for children needing emotional supports including those suffering from traumatic events.  The resources are provided by Sesame Street.

http://www.psrideaweb.com/p/behavior-chartsrewards.html – Behavior visuals from Pinterest

http://www.freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com/hygiene_behavior_charts.htm  Behavior charts. Free printables. Includes token printables as well as the charts.

http://www.livesinthebalance.org/ – For teachers and caregivers by Ross Greene – teaches about behavior challenges, strategies/interventions and resources

http://www.freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com/ – Includes motivator pictures

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/character_ed.htm  Printables for students, lessons for teachers, activities with videos, articles and ‘how-to’s’ in the areas of Anger Mangement, Bullying, and Conflict Resolution

https://lynnenamka.com/ Lessons, visuals, order information; all ages

http://specialed.about.com/cs/behaviordisorders/a/behaviorcontrac.htm Printable contracts. Site includes descriptions of strategies, steps to implementation

www.educateautism.com   Free Educational materials and teaching aids for children with autism spectrum disorder. Numerous articles & tutorials written about Applied Behaviour Analysis and interventions as social stories. Free downloads including RECS, emotions, Dolch words, shapes, token templates

https://www.abaresources.com/ Provides free downloadable materials including: thematic token cards, activity schedule boards, picture symbols for restaurants, story books, picture cards for drills, and data forms.

http://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/ This site offers evidence-based practices in a myriad of formats including articles, booklets, handouts, workshops, and tools with ready-made visuals for families and educators.

http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/behaviour/behaviour.htm This site offers myriad of visual supports for behavior. The homepage is found under GENERAL as well with supports for all academic areas.

Mental Health Resources

Relevant Websites

http://www.theottoolbox.com/2018/01/mindfulness-for-kids-youtube-videos.html?m=1 A listing of numerous Mindfulness websites of videos for children and youth. Includes the Cosmic Kids videos.

http://mindfulnessforteens.com/guided-meditations/ Includes blogs, videos, resources on mindfulness for teens

http://www.helpguide.org/index.htm  Articles and Self-Help Tips

http://www.livesinthebalance.org/ – For teachers and caregivers by Ross Greene – teaches about behavior challenges, strategies/interventions and resources

http://www.anxietybc.com/  Cognitive Behavioral Training techniques. Offers written information, interactive site for teens/young adults; videos; tool kits. Much information and user-friendly site.

http://www.coe.fau.edu/centersandprograms/card/documents/CARDASDMHBrochurefinalnores092309.pdf  Provides information on numerous disorders – title is for ‘Autism’ – includes Anxiety, OCD, and many others. Provides strategies including prevention and de-escalation.

http://www.mentalhelp.net/  Site includes Disorders and Issues, ‘News’, Blogs, Video and podcasts, and ‘Find Resources’ Appears to be suited for middle school through young adults. Review before making accessible.

http://www.therapistaid.com/about This site states: “Therapist Aid is dedicated to helping mental health professionals improve their craft by providing free evidence-based education and therapy tools. Our resources are created with clients in mind, which means avoiding jargon, and creating tools that are not only useful in theory, but in practice.” There are levels of membership including Free, Annual, or Monthly at reasonable rates. The basic free provides downloadable worksheets, interactive activities, systemized tools for many areas including emotions, grief, depression, stress, anger, CBT for all ages.

Special Education Resources – Communication/Social

Relevant Websites

https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/  Information and materials in many areas of speech and language.  Many free materials and more when joining the site.

http://www.socialskillscentral.com/free/101_Ways_Teach_Children_Social_Skills.pdf   This online booklet is a ‘ready to use’ reproducible Activity Book that includes major categories of Social Development including: communicating, nonverbal communicating, expressing your feelings, caring about yourself and others, problem solving, listening, managing conflicts, standing up for yourself.

http://lessonpix.com/  This site offers an affordable subscription based product that allows the creating of unlimited custom visual materials.

http://www.socialskillbuilder.com/  An interactive social skill builder providing social skills software and curriculum for children and young adults with autism and special needs.

www.overcomingobstacles.org    Free curriculum for middle and high school to teach communication, decision making, goal setting skills. Lesson plans, time estimates, and worksheets all included. Can download specific lessons as needed.

http://www.speakingofspeech.com/  Printables for social stories, visuals such as cooking, social pragmatics, data forms; section on Lesson plan formats; IEP goal banks.  Boardmaker images for some items.

http://www.aspergerssocialstories.com/   Instructive videos –  The majority are in first person.  Includes topics as “How I calm down”; an exercise in facial cues.  Preview first before showing students.  Videos can be downloaded

http://www.cccoe.net/social/opening.htm – Middle school site; site description:

Our teacher section presents: Over 100 social skills lessons cross referenced to middle school literature; Assessment tools for documenting student knowledge and school climate; Teaching strategies and classroom management techniques; References and resources for social skill development

The student segment features: Online and downloadable games; Puzzles and word searches; Internet resources; School projects and activities

http://autismteachingstrategies.com/tag/joel-shaul/ – Free Printables

http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/  Make your own comic – note there are advertisements and links to other materials of this author for a fee

www.thetransporters.com/  DVD available for children w/autism to identify feelings/emotions

www.jkp.com/mindreading   Software to help individuals with autism learn about emotions

http://web.uvic.ca/~letsface/letsfaceit/?q=home Let’s Face It! is a joint project between the University of Victoria Brain and Cognition Lab and the Yale Child Study Centre. The program is a multimedia, computer-based intervention that is designed to teach face processing skills to children with autism. The Let’s Face It! curriculum combines software and hands on learning to teach these basic face processing skills. A series of engaging, interactive game modules are further described in the Computer Fun section of this site. Each module targets some aspect of face processing, such as the recognition of facial emotions, interpretation of eye gaze and eye contact and the recognition of people across changes in facial expression. Skills introduced through computerized training are further expanded through hands-on group activities. Please click on our Face Activities page to access lesson activities designed for parents, teachers and interventionists to get the most out of the LFI! Program

http://speech-specialed.blogspot.com/p/transition-tools.html  Blog site by SL therapist and Special Education teacher. This link is a section regarding transition to Middle School with videos by 2 students covering a wide range of issues. The entire site serves students identified as struggling with behavior disorders, social disorders, autism, and language.  Includes gamut of topics including class organizations, whole body listening, friendship, sensory, emotional regulation, data forms, and much more. Most sections include photos.

Special Education Resources – Sensory & Occupational Therapy

Relevant Websites

http://yourtherapysource.com/freestuff.html – Check the entire site but this section includes free materials for fine motor, gross motor, ADL, visual processing, sensory, handwriting, self-calming videos, videos that show how to make activities.

http://www.sensoryworld.org/ -Interactive site for students. Appears you must log in but hitting “enter” takes you as well. It is free even with the ‘log in’

http://www.school-ot.com/fine%20motor%20activities.html  Provides ‘instruction’ for adults; tools w/visuals; links; Fine Motor activities, Handwriting information

Special Education Information

Relevant Websites

https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/afirm-modules  Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules offers MANY modules with the availability of earning CE credits.  Among the modules offered, a few include: Visual Supports, Visual Modeling, Technology aided Instruction & intervention, Structured Play Groups, Social Skills, Reinforcement, Prompting, Cognitive Based Intervention, peer mediated Intervention, Naturalistic interventions.

https://goalbookapp.com/toolkit/browse   Able to ‘create’ goals, objectives by entering domain/topic/grade and links to standards (repository);  provides strategies & visuals.  Cost to join

http://www.elc-pa.org/   Recent cases; laws; requirements; publications; recent news; what is recently being discussed; coalitions

http://nichcy.org/  Information to federal laws on disabilities; links to individual state information; research; articles, publications. Photo Symbols – Free (Use for Social/Behavior Stories, Presentations) www.freedigitalphotos.net/ and http://pics.tech4learning.com/

https://goalbookapp.com/toolkit/browse  Able to ‘create’ goals, objectives by entering domain/topic/grade and links to standards (repository); provides strategies & visuals.  Cost to join

http://www.naset.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Autism_Series/Examples_IEP_Goals_Objectives_for_ASD.pdf  Article with examples, checklists for writing specific goals and objectives; provides additional links at the end.

https://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/iris-resource-locator/#content This site offers teaching modules for a wide range of topics: accommodations, assessment, assistive technology, behavior, collaboration, disability, diversity, early intervention, learning strategies, juvenile corrections, leadership, related service, RTI, transition

http://www.nchpad.org/ This site provides articles, videos, and resources on health issues for students with challenges. It includes inclusionary strategies and resources to promote participation in all types of physical and social activities. Physical educators will find this excellent tool when planning to meet student needs.

Sign Language Resources

Relevant Websites

http://www.lifeprint.com/ ASL University. View the quick link to first 100 signs

http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/aslweb/browser.htm American Sign Language Browser developed by Michigan State University

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