10 Back to School Resources for Kids with Special Needs

Are you ready for every child in your classroom this year? Education is such a powerful tool, but reaching every child has proven to be difficult. We want to give you the toolset you need to help every type of learner succeed! Learn about autismADHD, and how to adapt worksheets for children with special needs.

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Children with Autism



1. Helping children understand autism –  Are you looking for a way to explain Autism or Asperger to your child? This would be a GREAT project to do in a classroom, where children need help understanding the challenges of a classmate.

2. Autism awareness visual schedule freebie – Here is a freebie to assist students in your classroom who have Autism.

3. Sensory tools: weighted buddies, blankets, and body socks – These sensory tools were created to address the needs of a very special child, Joey. Maybe you know someone like Joey… These tools are intended to help you bring comfort and success to your child.

4. Tips for homeschooling a child with autism – Choosing to homeschool your child with autism is a big decision. Consider these tips before AND during your child’s time learning at home.


Children with ADHD


5. Truths and myths about ADHD – Did you know ADHD impacts 1 in 5 of schoolchildren? Here’s a breakdown of ADHD, symptoms, myths about ADHD debunked, and questions to ask about ADHD.

6. How to handle students with ADHD at school – Teachers at schools must understand the struggle a student with ADHD goes through and ensure that an ordered, safe, predictable classroom environment is set for such students.

7. Seating tips for students with ADHD – No one ever told you about ADHD kids before you started teaching. Try these 7 strategies for choosing where ADHD students should sit to help refocus their attention.


Adapting Worksheets for Children with Special Needs


8. Learning how to write numbers – When a child is showing readiness to begin writing numbers, you’ll want to make it as engaging and hands-on as possible. Before the pencil even touches the paper, explore number formation in a variety of ways.

9. Learning alphabet sounds –  If you are teaching a child with a learning disability to read or write, you might be wondering if you should tackle the alphabet before your child is uttering sounds. Should you teach him to read? Should you bother with writing?

10. Learning how to write a letter – Learn how a special needs child with difficulties in reading and writing can not only compose a letter, but also mail it to a loved one.

Have your own tips or words of wisdom about teaching children with special needs? Share in the comments!