How to Teach Students with Special Needs

These are the HOW-TO documents!

How to do paperwork.

How to teach students with Special Needs.

These resources are for Parents and Teachers.

They focus on Special Education in Ontario and Canada, but many ideas can be used elsewhere.

These resources are great for those interested in the Educational System (the land of IPRCs and IEPs) as well as classroom resources for HOW to teach students with special needs in the general education class or other settings.  Many documents can be searched according to specific Exceptionality (i.e. you want a list of accommodations for Autism).  This is NOT just for teachers.

Parents, please bring this information into your school case conferences so you can advocate for your child.  Why not hand the teacher a package that suggests preferential seating or frequent breaks? Just because they’re doing something in Alberta doesn’t mean we can’t do the same thing in Ontario.

Parents – Tell the teacher how your child will learn best! Parents – please check out the policy and procedure documents.  You can also learn about the ridiculously huge Special Education systems that you and your children are a part of (and hopefully make the system work for you!)

Alberta Ministry of Education Policies and Procedures http://education.alberta.ca/admin/special.aspx

Alberta Ministry of Education

Amazing Resources for SPECIFIC EXCEPTIONALITIES (LD, ASD, ADHD, Mental Health, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Multiple, Developmental Disabilities, Gifted, First Nations, etc…) http://education.alberta.ca/admin/special/resources.aspx

British Columbia Ministry of Education Policies and Procedures http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/specialed/ppandg.htm

British Columbia Ministry of Education

Amazing Resources for SPECIFIC EXCEPTIONALITIES (LD, ASD, ADHD, Mental Health, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Multiple, Developmental Disabilities, Gifted, etc…) http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/specialed/sped_res_docs.htm

Teacher’s Gateway to Special Education 

Developed by the Ontario Teacher’s Federation and Ontario Minisrty of Education – fantastic easy to use compendium of teaching strategies and resources for specific exceptionalities.  In my opinion ALL teachers should be using this site.   http://www.teachspeced.ca/index.php?q=splash

Ontario Ministry of Education – Education for All

The Report of the Expert Panel on Literacy and Numeracy Instruction for Students With Special Education Needs, Kindergarten to Grade 6 Every teacher should read this – whether you teach in Ontario or Zimbabwe; or you whether you teach Elementary, Intermediate or Secondary.  A must read! http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/reports/speced/panel/index.html

Ontario – Ministry Special Education Document Gateway 

This site can direct you to info about funding, procedures for identification and placement, IEPs, Policy/Program Memoranda (ie. our recent PPM 140 mandating ABA training for teachers of students with ASD) http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/speced.html

The Special Education Companion, 2002

Possibly the BEST and most under-used document in Special Education!  This document lists countless ways to help students under each Exceptionality Category.  If you look at ‘Gifted’ you have 10 pages of characterisitics of gifted students, issues, general teaching and learning strategies, program ideas, subject-specific strategies (reading, spelling, mathematics) and assessment strategies!

Do NOT write an IEP without reading this document! Parents and Teachers should use this resource to determine appropriate accommodations, modifications, and strategies for the classroom.  Parents, please bring this to your teacher meetings to advocate for your child!

http://www.ocup.org/resources/documents/companions/speced2002.pdf

or alternate link

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/ocup/documents/speced2002.pdf

Note: This is a PERSONAL blog, not an official Ministry of Education website. This is a forum for sharing.

Please add comments and your favourite resources (and let me know if there are any dead links!) Thank you!

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