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Ideas for instilling essential life skills in learners with special needs.
Students discover different learning styles as they discuss how they go about a task or a problem. They read articles about learning styles and people and work with partners to complete activities. They explore learning disabilities.
Intended for use with children having severe and profound special educational needs, this resource brings practical science to life. In order to understand what objects float and what object sink, learners will predict and test their guesses through hands-on experiment. All you need is an open aquarium, water, and some small objects. Have fun!
Students utilize simulation methods and other teaching strategies within elementary-level social studies classrooms. They identify methods of delivering social studies content that enables learners with special needs to learn from and fully participate in the classroom experience.
Here is a great little reading and vocabulary development lesson created just for learners with special needs. The lesson is constructed with both core content and necessary adaptations in mind. The group will use PECS, pointing/gesture, oral language, and an interactive whiteboard to participate to the fullest extent. Bring rigor to the special education classroom.
Decrease risky behavior and inform your secondary Special Ed class about AIDS/HIV. They talk about germs, AIDS, transmission, and staying safe. Developmentally disabled individuals need to be informed about safe sex and disease transmission. Links, note to care provider, and worksheets are included.
Prepare your secondary special ed class for a life of independence. Part of independent living is knowing how to ask for help and where to go. They review the times they need help, the type of community resources available, and practice asking questions appropriately. Worksheets, note to the care giver, and role-playing card included.
Engage Secondary Special Education students in a developmentally appropriate lesson on human reproduction. They review genital anatomy and 5 key components that comprise the reproductive cycle. Perfect for a mild to moderately disabled class. Handouts are included.
What is puberty? Get your secondary special needs students on the right track with this develpmentally appropriate lesson. They define and describe the differences between men, women, boys, and girls, discuss major events that mark peberty, and sexual feelings. Handouts and note to care provider included.
Kindergartenrs examine ways to communicate about each other when they are grouped as verbal and non-verbal, multi-handicapped pairs. They design a slideshow showing what they have learned about their non-verbal friends, and make a communication book for the special needs students.
Secondary special education young scholars are introduced to the topics covered in health class. This is the first in a series of lessons focused teaching developmentally appropriate life and sexual health related topics. Intended for mild to moderately disabled students.
The FLASH program in Seattle has put together a set of questions for special education classes covering sexual education. Some of the topics include social skills, appropriate, inappropriate, self-esteem, puberty, hygiene, reproduction,  and sexually transmitted diseases. Use the resource as a pre-test or post-test. Tip: Break it up into smaller pieces, as forty-two questions is quite a lot to do in one class period.
Parents and children work together in a community circle to discuss caring for people with special needs. In separate groups, the children sing and listen to a story. They discuss ways people are alike, and ways they are different. Parents take on a physical limitation, and explore the site to determine accessibility.
There are many ways to say, no. Secondary special needs students need to know when and how to say no when they feel they are in an uncomfortable situation. They sign, say, and role-play how to say no. Worksheets and role-playing cards are included. A great lesson for building practical communication skills.
Sight words, word recognition, and flash card drills are the mode for teaching that is outlined here. To increase weather vocabulary and content specific word recognition, kids with special needs work through flash card drills. The teacher chooses several weather words out of a weather report, uses them to create flashcards, then drills the learners until they can identify them correctly. They then attempt to identify each word in context. 
Strategy-based programs that are executed with consistency are the best for achieving growth in any learner with a learning disability. Here is a seven-step lesson plan that is highly structured and is intended to help learners with significant struggles in reading. It includes with brain integration exercises, decoding practice, dictation, sight words, prereading, and oral reading, and finishes off with comprehension training. Any pre-service teacher or new special educator would be pleased to use a plan as well-developed and thoughtfully designed as this one.
Create a graphic organizer to review parts and systems of the body, then present a new topic. Special education students grades 3-5 learn about the sense of hearing. They draw parts of the ear, sign a song, read Perk Up Your Ears, and sort loud and quiet things. Could be used with any age as long as its developmentally appropriate.
Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the use of technology in order to help students with special needs. They take part in a lesson that is designed to help a specific student with an Individual Education Plan and focus upon the new technology needed.
Create a digital movie documenting research about an American President. Using internet sources, students with special needs gather information about their chosen president. Working in groups, they use this information to create a digital movie giving a biographical account of the president's life.
A good idea. To build both speech and social skills special ed young scholars go on a scavenger hunt. They locate people around the school and say a series of words, when they say the words correctly they receive a prize. They also ask for things, which they will receive if they ask appropriately.