Ch 12: Special Education Classroom Strategies

About This Chapter

Use these teacher resources to enhance your instructional skills and apply special education strategies in your classroom. This self-paced chapter offers a handful of classroom accommodations and ideas that are designed to benefit you and your students.

Special Education Classroom Strategies - Chapter Summary

Consult these convenient teacher resources to apply special education strategies in your classroom. Our expert instructors will show you the pros and cons for a variety of special education approaches, as well as classroom ideas, strategies and accommodations that you can use to ensure your students' success.

You can make sure you fully understand and are ready to apply these strategies by taking the including lesson quizzes and chapter exam. These mobile-friendly resources are available to accesses at any time that fits your schedule.

How It Helps

  • Offers classroom accommodations : You'll be able to make special classroom accommodations for students with intellectual disabilities.
  • Outlines instructional strategies: These lessons can help you take away several teaching strategies and apply them in your classroom.
  • Assesses the effectiveness of special education approaches: You'll differentiate between specific classroom approaches and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages.

Skills Covered

After finishing this chapter, you'll be equipped to:

  • Evaluate the pros and cons of classroom inclusion and mixed-ability grouping
  • Make classroom accommodations for students with intellectual disabilities
  • Apply sensory integration and auditory processing disorder strategies in your classroom
  • Use sensory break ideas in the classroom

38 Lessons in Chapter 12: Special Education Classroom Strategies
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Ice Breakers for Special Education Students: Activities & Games

1. Ice Breakers for Special Education Students: Activities & Games

Like all students, those with special needs can benefit tremendously from ice breakers that help them get to know each other. This lesson offers activities and games for use in the special education classroom.

First Day of School Activities for Special Education Students

2. First Day of School Activities for Special Education Students

The first day of school is important for everyone, and for special education students, it can be especially consequential. This lesson gives you some ideas for making the first day of school effective for your students with special needs.

Team Building Activities for Special Education Students

3. Team Building Activities for Special Education Students

Feeling like part of a team can be difficult for students with special needs. This lesson offers team building activities designed to be completely inclusive of students of all abilities, including special education students.

Inclusion in the Classroom: Pros & Cons

4. Inclusion in the Classroom: Pros & Cons

This lesson gives a description of an inclusive classroom and provides you with pros and cons of using inclusion in the classroom. You'll also take a look at how inclusion in the classroom can look in practice.

Intellectual Disability Accommodations in the Classroom

5. Intellectual Disability Accommodations in the Classroom

In your teaching career, you will have many different kinds of students in your classroom. You will need to make accommodations for those learners who have an intellectual disability. This lesson will provide some examples of these accommodations.

Sensory Integration Disorder Classroom Strategies

6. Sensory Integration Disorder Classroom Strategies

Sensory integration disorder, or more commonly known as sensory processing disorder, can be challenging to deal with in the classroom. In this lesson, we will discuss simple, effective classroom strategies for students with sensory integration disorder.

Sensory Break Ideas for the Classroom

7. Sensory Break Ideas for the Classroom

Providing sensory breaks for students is important, especially for students with special needs. This lesson presents ideas to help students of a variety of ages to relax and refocus during lessons.

Mixed-Ability Grouping: Advantages & Disadvantages

8. Mixed-Ability Grouping: Advantages & Disadvantages

Today's classrooms are diverse and contain many levels of learners. In this lesson, we'll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of mixed-ability grouping.

Classroom Strategies for Auditory Processing Disorder

9. Classroom Strategies for Auditory Processing Disorder

Finding ways to help your students with auditory processing disorder can be challenging and frustrating. This lesson provides simple, practical strategies for communication, environment, and instruction for teachers with students with auditory processing disorder.

Classroom Accommodations for Students with Epilepsy

10. Classroom Accommodations for Students with Epilepsy

Having a student with epilepsy does not need to cause you anxiety. Instead, follow these steps to prepare yourself to appropriately accommodate your student with epilepsy.

Peer Tutoring in Special Education

11. Peer Tutoring in Special Education

Peer tutoring in special education has been proven to be an effective teaching strategy for student tutors and tutees. Let's look at some of the benefits, challenges, and special considerations for establishing a peer tutoring program.

Teaching Social Skills to Preschoolers with Special Needs

12. Teaching Social Skills to Preschoolers with Special Needs

Many preschool students with special needs require help learning to socialize properly with others. This lesson gives you some ideas for teaching social skills to preschool children with special needs.

Teaching Strategies for Music Therapy

13. Teaching Strategies for Music Therapy

If you are a special education teacher interested in incorporating music therapy into your work, it can help to have some meaningful strategies to start with. This lesson introduces some big ideas and techniques for music therapy in the classroom.

Williams Syndrome in the Classroom

14. Williams Syndrome in the Classroom

Is there ever a time where direct instruction is beneficial over a visual method. This lesson addresses how for students with Williams Syndrome, the benefits of verbal instruction outweighs the benefits of visual instruction.

Inclusion Strategies for Learning Disabilities in Reading

15. Inclusion Strategies for Learning Disabilities in Reading

How does a teacher effectively promote reading comprehension among students with different learning styles? In this lesson, we'll learn about inclusion strategies for students with learning disabilities in reading.

Setting Educational Goals for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

16. Setting Educational Goals for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Students with intellectual disabilities benefit significantly from setting relevant and attainable educational goals. This lesson explores four essential components in educational goal setting for students with intellectual disabilities.

Strategies for Teaching Social Studies to Special Needs Students

17. Strategies for Teaching Social Studies to Special Needs Students

Stop here for fun and engaging teaching strategies to increase academic achievement for students with intellectual disabilities! Specifically, we'll explore strategies for teaching social studies in a classroom that serves students with special needs.

Homemade Fidget Toys for the Classroom

18. Homemade Fidget Toys for the Classroom

Though you can buy fidget toys for your classroom, you can also make some inexpensive ones for your students to use. This resource will show you how to assemble some quick and easy fidget toys.

Fostering Creativity in Special Education

19. Fostering Creativity in Special Education

If you are a special educator, you probably spend some time thinking about what you can do to foster creativity in your students. This lesson gives you some ideas that might help as you work toward this important goal.

Classroom Management Strategies for Special Education

20. Classroom Management Strategies for Special Education

Are you looking for fun and practical ways to manage behaviors in your classroom with special needs students? This lesson will provide you with easy-to-implement activities that you can begin using today!

Special Education Accommodations for Science

21. Special Education Accommodations for Science

Science is a fun subject that allows students to learn new concepts about the world in which they live. Let's look at some accommodations that will help students with disabilities learn grade-level content in a way that fits their individual needs.

Positive Discipline for Students with Learning Disabilities

22. Positive Discipline for Students with Learning Disabilities

As a teacher who works with students who have learning disabilities, one of your challenges might be providing discipline that benefits students' development. This lesson discusses the use of positive discipline for students with learning disabilities.

Techniques for Handling Tantrums from Students with Asperger's

23. Techniques for Handling Tantrums from Students with Asperger's

All children have periods of emotional dysregulation from time to time, and for many, this results in tantrums. This lesson offers some ideas for handling tantrums specifically for students who have Asperger's syndrome.

Christmas Themed Sensory Activities

24. Christmas Themed Sensory Activities

Sensory input is a great way to engage a person completely in what they are doing. This lesson offers Christmas themed sensory activities for your students to fully engage in sensory exploration.

Fall-Themed Sensory Activities

25. Fall-Themed Sensory Activities

The sights, sounds and smells of fall are distinctive. In this lesson, you will find fall-themed activities to engage your sensory-seeking students, either in groups or individually.

Spring-Themed Sensory Activities

26. Spring-Themed Sensory Activities

When you think of spring, what do you think of? You might think of flowers blooming, baby animals, and the changing weather. These ideas also make great themes for sensory activities in your classroom.

Farm Animal Sensory Activities

27. Farm Animal Sensory Activities

Sensory activities are great for encouraging students to engage fully in the learning process. This lesson provides activities designed to allow your students to explore farm animals.

Halloween Sensory Activities For Kids

28. Halloween Sensory Activities For Kids

Halloween is a time when it can be hard to keep students interested and focused in the classroom. Use these sensory activities to keep your young students engaged in classroom activities while helping them explore their senses.

Homemade Sensory Activities For Preschoolers

29. Homemade Sensory Activities For Preschoolers

Young children love being able to make their own things. This lesson offers activities that will allow your students to make their own sensory play items.

Outdoor Sensory Activities For Kids

30. Outdoor Sensory Activities For Kids

Children love to explore their surroundings using their eyes, ears, and hands. Help engage your students with their environment by designing some fun ways for them to to explore using these outdoor sensory activities!

Rice Sensory Table Ideas

31. Rice Sensory Table Ideas

Rice tables have become staples in the special education classroom, but what are some ways we can make them more interesting? This lesson includes a few ideas for making your rice table routines more stimulating.

What are Sensory Activities? - Benefits & Importance

32. What are Sensory Activities? - Benefits & Importance

Have you ever noticed a student who tips his chair back on two legs during math class, but he is following along when he does? Or a student who was really rattled after a fire drill? These students both demonstrate why sensory activities are important and beneficial in the classroom.

Sensory Activities for Science

33. Sensory Activities for Science

Although you might be tempted to put these two areas into different categories, science and sensory activities work really well together. Here are some ideas and guide points for combining science with sensory activities.

Sensory Box Ideas For Preschoolers

34. Sensory Box Ideas For Preschoolers

Preschoolers love to play and explore with their hands. Create a fun and engaging activity where students can have a hands-on learning experience by implementing sensory boxes.

Sensory Group Activity Ideas

35. Sensory Group Activity Ideas

Do you have students who crave or avoid sensory input? Are you considering putting together a sensory group activity for your students? This lesson provides a number of activity ideas you can use or adapt for your classroom.

Sensory Integration Disorder Activities

36. Sensory Integration Disorder Activities

Students with sensory integration disorder often swing between sensory seeking and sensory avoiding behaviors. This lesson offers activities that will satisfy either of these needs in your students.

Classroom Strategies for Students with Low Vision

37. Classroom Strategies for Students with Low Vision

If you have a student or students with low vision in your class, they may need some special accommodations in order to participate safely in the classroom. Read this lesson for some ideas about how to address their unique needs.

Music Therapy Lesson Plan

38. Music Therapy Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will teach your students about music therapy. Additionally, they will participate in a fun hands-on activity to reinforce newly learned concepts related to music therapy.

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