Ch 3: Teaching Special Education

About This Chapter

Review instructional techniques and methods for teaching special education students with these short and informative lessons. Learn ways to apply adaptive and assistive strategies that will help these students achieve success in the classroom.

Teaching Special Education - Chapter Summary

Enhance your ability to teach students with various learning and developmental disorders with the use of this chapter. Instructors will guide you through examples and definitions relevant to specific disorders and strategies for teaching students with these disorders. In addition, you will develop a deeper understanding of classroom management and technological practices designed for teaching in the area of special education. With the lessons in this chapter, you will learn to:

  • Define and understand the symptoms of emotional disturbance
  • Apply strategies and accommodations for teaching emotionally disturbed students
  • Understand teaching methods for students with ADHD and autism
  • Create Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for ADHD students
  • Accommodate students with autism
  • Adapt physical education activities for special education students
  • Use assistive technology for special education students, including those who are hearing-impaired

How It Helps

  • Offers various teaching strategies: Get details about how to instruct and assess special education students with different types of disorders.
  • Emphasizes technological approaches: Develop a stronger sense of how technology is used to support the learning experience of special education students in the classroom.
  • Details specific disorders: Read about disorders such as ADHD, autism and emotional disturbances to develop an understanding of these disorders, which will help you devise effective teaching techniques.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Utilize effective classroom technologies for your special education students
  • Engage special education students and enhance their academic performance
  • Design lesson plans to accommodate special education students
  • Develop physical education activities appropriate for special education students
  • Incorporate inclusive teaching strategies in the classroom
  • Manage special education classrooms

43 Lessons in Chapter 3: Teaching Special Education
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Universal Design for Learning Strategies

1. Universal Design for Learning Strategies

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an instructional method to provide all students equal access to the curriculum. This lesson presents instructional strategies for student engagement, representation, and expression using the UDL framework.

Teaching Strategies for Students with NVLD

2. Teaching Strategies for Students with NVLD

Nonverbal Learning Disability, or NVLD, can affect your student's learning in many ways. Read more about NVLD, and how you can reach and teach students with Nonverbal Learning Disability.

Specific Learning Disability: Definition & Types

3. Specific Learning Disability: Definition & Types

Specific learning disabilities are more common than you may think, with some occurring in as many as 1 in every 5 children. Learn more about specific learning disabilities, how they can manifest and how you can recognize them in your students.

Non-Verbal Learning Disability: Symptoms & Accommodations

4. Non-Verbal Learning Disability: Symptoms & Accommodations

This lesson is designed to define non-verbal learning disability. This lesson also describes some of the symptoms of NLD and what teachers can do to help students with NLD in the classroom.

How Slow Processing Speed Affects Learning

5. How Slow Processing Speed Affects Learning

Do you know that slow processing speed can have a significant impact on academic performance? Learn how slow processing speed affects learning in students.

Slow Processing Speed Interventions

6. Slow Processing Speed Interventions

Students with slow processing speed can have difficulty keeping up in class, following discussions and completing assignments. Learn about some interventions that may help.

Tactile Defensiveness Activities

7. Tactile Defensiveness Activities

Tactile defensiveness activities aid in helping individuals who are sensitive to touch better process tactile input and become less overwhelmed by sensory experiences. Read on for advice and activities for reducing tactile defensiveness.

Other Health Impairment (OHI): Definition & Characteristics

8. Other Health Impairment (OHI): Definition & Characteristics

Students with 'other health impairments' often get tired easily, have trouble paying attention in class, and miss school frequently, causing them to fall behind. Let's explore other health impairments and how federal law protects these students.

Other Health Impairment (OHI): Teaching Strategies & Accommodations

9. Other Health Impairment (OHI): Teaching Strategies & Accommodations

Teachers of students with medical conditions learn to get creative with lesson plans and accommodations. Let's take a look at how teachers help their students with other health impairments.

Teaching Students with Traumatic Brain Injury

10. Teaching Students with Traumatic Brain Injury

Imagine waking up one day unable to remember what happened the day before, or having a difficult time reading a book. This lesson will explore a few teaching strategies that might help a student with a traumatic brain injury.

Special Education Teacher Resume Sample

11. Special Education Teacher Resume Sample

If you are applying for a position as a special educator, you want to make sure your resume really highlights your strengths and experiences. This lesson offers you a sample of how your resume might look.

What is a Paraprofessional Teacher? - Definition & Role

12. What is a Paraprofessional Teacher? - Definition & Role

In this lesson, you'll review a clearly defined explanation of what it means to be a paraprofessional in the classroom. You'll also review the roles and expectations of a paraprofessional teacher who works closely with students with special needs.

What is Remedial Education?

13. What is Remedial Education?

Remedial education is vital to students who are falling behind in core academic areas. In this lesson, we will discuss remedial education and the different ways that it can be implemented.

Using Technology in Remedial Education

14. Using Technology in Remedial Education

In this lesson, teachers will learn about the benefits of using technology in remedial education classrooms. They will also learn some strategies for implementing technology. These strategies can be adapted for a variety of ages and grade levels. Students in regular education programs, as well as those with learning disabilities, can benefit from the strategies outlined in this lesson.

Transition Planning & Special Education

15. Transition Planning & Special Education

In this lesson, we'll cover the basics of transition planning for special education students, including what teachers need to do to make sure their students are ready to enter the adult world.

Convergence Insufficiency: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

16. Convergence Insufficiency: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Binocular vision comes from the process of converging images from each eye into one image. This lesson reviews a dysfunction of this ability called convergence insufficiency. Definitions, symptoms, and treatments are covered.

Visual Schedule Template for Students with Special Needs

17. Visual Schedule Template for Students with Special Needs

Visual schedules can be helpful to students in a variety of situations. If you are looking to create a visual schedule for your students, check out this lesson for some templates to get you started.

Formative Assessments in Special Education

18. Formative Assessments in Special Education

In this lesson, teachers will learn about using formative assessments in the special education classroom. This lesson also will cover special considerations for students with learning disabilities and provide examples of formative assessments.

Strategies for Teaching Common Core in Special Education

19. Strategies for Teaching Common Core in Special Education

Students in special education classes are still required to meet the Common Core State Standards. This lesson gives you some strategies that will work regardless of your student population.

Science Activities for Children with Special Needs

20. Science Activities for Children with Special Needs

Incorporating activities into your instruction can be a great way to get children with special needs involved in science. The activities in this lesson offer a diverse range of possibilities.

What is Stereotypy? - Definition & Examples

21. What is Stereotypy? - Definition & Examples

Repetitive habitual behaviors can indicate a condition known as stereotypic movement disorder. This lesson will define stereotypy and provide examples of stereotypic behaviors.

Using Sign Language with Special Education Students

22. Using Sign Language with Special Education Students

Are you interested in using sign language with your students that have special needs? This lesson includes information on American Sign Language (ASL), simple sign language, and gestural sign language.

Severe Disabilities: Definition & Examples

23. Severe Disabilities: Definition & Examples

A growing number of students in our schools are classified as having severe disabilities. In this lesson, you will learn about what this means for these students and their participation in the school curriculum.

Teaching Students with Moderate & Severe Disabilities

24. Teaching Students with Moderate & Severe Disabilities

As the number of students with moderate and severe disabilities in our schools increases, educators must be prepared to meet their needs. Learn about three areas to consider when programming for students with moderate and severe disabilities.

Specific Learning Disability Teaching Strategies

25. Specific Learning Disability Teaching Strategies

In this special education lesson, we'll be going over practical tips for teaching students with learning disabilities. After briefly reviewing what learning disabilities are, we'll dive into strategies you can use in the classroom to improve student learning.

PBIS Model for Discipline

26. PBIS Model for Discipline

In this lesson, we'll be learning about a model of discipline, called positive behavior intervention and strategy (PBIS). By the end of the lesson, you'll understand the philosophy behind this strategy and how to implement it in your school.

Special Education Transition Plans from Middle School to High School

27. Special Education Transition Plans from Middle School to High School

This lesson will help you plan the transition from middle school to high school for your students with special needs. You'll explore the components that are required in the transition plan, then you can test your knowledge of transition with a short quiz.

Louis Braille Activities

28. Louis Braille Activities

Louis Braille developed a system of reading and writing for the blind that is still used today! Use these activities to help your students learn more about this innovative educator and his impact.

Reciprocal Teaching in Special Education

29. Reciprocal Teaching in Special Education

In this lesson, you'll learn how to implement reciprocal teaching, a reading comprehension skill set, with your special education students in both inclusion and resource settings.

Constructivism & Behaviorism: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities

30. Constructivism & Behaviorism: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities

In this lesson, you will learn about the learning theories of constructivism and behaviorism, including how to use both theories when teaching students with learning disabilities.

Collecting Data for Functional Behavioral Assessments

31. Collecting Data for Functional Behavioral Assessments

In this lesson, you will learn about various methods for collecting data, including student records, interviews, and observations, when performing a functional behavioral assessment.

Functional Behavioral Assessment Hypothesis Examples

32. Functional Behavioral Assessment Hypothesis Examples

In this lesson, you will explore examples of functional behaviors assessment hypotheses. Included with each example is an overview of the student's observation data and the resulting hypothesis.

Functional Behavioral Assessment Interview Questions

33. Functional Behavioral Assessment Interview Questions

This lesson will provide you with examples of interview questions to complete a functional behavior assessment. There are questions for the teacher, staff members, parents and, when appropriate, the students.

Cerebral Palsy Lesson Plan

34. Cerebral Palsy Lesson Plan

Students will explore the various types of cerebral palsy and diagnosis in this lesson plan. They will read a lesson, participate in discussion questions, watch a video, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Assessment Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

35. Assessment Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Looking for ways to assist students with disabilities during assessments? This lesson discusses concepts of assessment accommodations for students with disabilities and provides tangible ideas for implementation.

Teaching Students with Tourette's Syndrome

36. Teaching Students with Tourette's Syndrome

Tourette syndrome is a neuropsychiatric disorder that causes physical and verbal tics. This lesson focuses on what you can do as an effective and empathic teacher of students of all ages with Tourette syndrome.

What is Deferred Imitation? - Definition & Examples

37. What is Deferred Imitation? - Definition & Examples

How do infants and toddlers learn? This lesson discusses deferred imitation which psychologist Jean Piaget defined with regard to how children learn. The lesson also provides examples of the process.

Sign Language Lesson Plan

38. Sign Language Lesson Plan

Educate your students about sign language with this lesson plan. They will study two text lessons, take two related quizzes to follow up, and participate in two fun hands-on activities.

Sign Language Lesson Plan for Elementary School

39. Sign Language Lesson Plan for Elementary School

In this lesson plan, students will learn about sign language. This lesson plan involves collaborative discussion about an informational text as well as some partner activities in which the students will practice sign language.

Sign Language: Lesson for Kids

40. Sign Language: Lesson for Kids

Sign language is a way that many people around the world communicate. In this lesson, learn the history behind sign language, why sign language was developed, and how people use it.

Down Syndrome Lesson Plan

41. Down Syndrome Lesson Plan

We have learned so much over the years about genetic diseases such as Down Syndrome. Your students will have an interesting class session as they read and discuss a text lesson, create Down Syndrome Awareness posters, and complete a worksheet.

Progress Report Template for IEP Goals

42. Progress Report Template for IEP Goals

If you're responsible for reporting progress toward IEP goals, consider using a progress report template to maintain documentation of your students' progress. Use the following template to help complete progress reports for IEP goals.

Types of Progress Monitoring in Special Education

43. Types of Progress Monitoring in Special Education

In this lesson, you'll learn about the various types of progress monitoring used in special education, including strategies for implementing and documenting progress monitoring.

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