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Teaching Special Kids:
Online Resources for Teachers

Whether you teach in a special-education program or in a "regular" classroom, you probably encounter special kids facing special challenges. Education World brings you information about online resources that can help you better understand -- and help -- students with special needs.

Today, almost every classroom includes a number of students who are dealing with a disability -- either physical, educational, emotional, or a combination of all three. As a teacher, you probably find yourself looking for information and resources that will help you effectively teach those students and help them learn successfully.

However, the number of special-education Web sites for teachers can be overwhelming -- so overwhelming that it's hard to sort through them all.

Education World searched the Web for sites that provide information about specific disabilities and suggest activities for classroom use. Although most are intended primarily for use with students who have disabilities, many can be adapted for use with all students.


Teachers Helping Teachers is a terrific site for all teachers, but its Special Education section provides a number of activities that are specifically geared toward teaching basic skills to special students. The activities, for students from kindergarten through high school, are submitted by classroom teachers from around the country and include lessons in reading, math, geography, current events, and study skills. The activity Weird Letters, for example, helps students with learning disabilities identify and remember letters that don't always look they way they're supposed to. Using Newspapers is a functional activity designed to teach social studies or language arts to special-education students. This site also includes information on inclusion and mainstreaming and The Guest Book, a forum where teachers exchange ideas and advice.



The greatest number of disability-related sites do not include many lessons or activities. They are, however, excellent sources for information on special-education programs, policies, resources, organizations, educational strategies, and specific disabilities. Many also provide links to sites where you'll find activities that can be adapted for use with special-education students.

Outside the Box, a site for parents and teachers of all types of special-needs children, includes Resources for All Teachers, a list of links to content-specific sites for language arts, fine arts, social studies, math, and science. The linked sites provide information, lesson plans, and activities. There's a lot here, so be sure to check out the site map so you won't miss anything.

A number of other worthwhile sites that provide information on specific disabilities also include ideas and suggestions that can be used with students who have other disabilities.

  • The Behavior Home Page includes links to information and resources to help teachers deal with children who have behavioral disorders. Many of the sites provide helpful strategies for improving general classroom discipline.
  • United Cerebral Palsy provides information and resources about cerebral palsy and a number of other disabilities. Click Resource Center to learn about the Americans With Disabilities Act, assistive technology, employment, parent information, and more. This site includes a number of valuable links for parents and teachers.
  • The Arc Home Page contains information and resources for parents and teachers of people with retardation and other developmental disabilities. The site includes research and government reports, fact sheets, a discussion board, a search engine, links to state and local chapters, and much more.
  • Suggested Classroom Interventions for Children With ADD & Learning Disabilities contains a chart, Suggested Classroom Accommodations for Specific Behaviors, of specific strategies for dealing with 35 common classroom behaviors. Do you know what to do for a student who has difficulty prioritizing? If not, you'll find out here!


If you still haven't found what you're looking for, explore one of the sites below. Each contains extensive lists of links to sites on disabilities and special education.

  • Internet Resources for Special Children This site includes links to sites providing information, help, and specialty products for people with conditions ranging from amputation to Tourette's syndrome.
  • The Instant Access Treasure Chest: The Foreign Language Teacher's Guide to Learning Disabilities Although this site includes a section called Foreign Language and LD, most of the site links are valuable for any teacher involved in educating special students. The site provides lots and lots of valuable links to sites on teaching strategies, government resources, assistive technology, and more.
  • Our Kids For parents of children with almost every type of disability or disorder, this site includes a number of valuable resources for teachers as well.


Article by Linda Starr
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Updated 06/03/2014