Monday, March 31, 2014

BEST Special Needs Websites-2014

Our weekly blog article is coming to you a bit later this week, as we have been busy presenting and exhibiting at the 2014 Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo over the past weekend. What a wonderful event it was for homeschooling families---and for us, too!

We always look forward to this event each year and have participated since 2009. Once again this year, we were impressed with the enthusiasm of the many parents (and grandparents!) so motivated to teach their children in the best ways possible and with the best resources.

Over the past several years, we have been noticing a significant increase in the number of families searching for practical resources for their children challenged with special needs. This year was no exception. Again and again, parents visited our exhibit table for consultation about their children's learning struggles, particularly with reading. We provided many with relevant resources and strategies to help. At the same time, more than the usual number of parents and children wanted to interact with our Reading Focus Cards (Patent 7,565,759) to experience firsthand the tools' focusing and sensory features. We were happy to help them and enjoyed doing so.

For those of our readers who were unable to attend the conference but also need helpful resources for special needs, we thought we would provide here our most current list of websites for their children or students. If you are such a parent or teacher, we hope you will find these resources helpful in enriching the life of your child, your family or that of your students as a result.

Happy reading and learning, everyone!

BEST Websites for Special Needs-2014

Tax Strategies for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

Top 100 Special Needs Resources on the Web

SEN Teacher
Many FREE resources for teachers can be found here. There are numerous downloads and printables for immediate classroom use!

Autism Buddy
Aims to provide a FREE user-friendly website that provides high quality pintables and resources for teachers and parents for use with children with special educational needs

FREE life skills videos categorized by age of viewer and content area

ADHD Blogs: Meet the ADDitude Bloggers
ADHD blogs from ADD adults, parents of ADHD children, and ADHD experts -- helping you cope with the challenges of and delight in the benefits of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD).

FREE resources for teachers and parents of children on the autism spectrum that include thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills.

Free Technology for Teachers by Richard Byrne
FREE resources with lesson plans for teaching with technology

Best Free Children's eBooks Online
Link to 233+ sites for FREE children’s e-books

For information on customizable reading tools for ADHD & other reading challenges: Tools for struggling readers of all ages! Info & support for struggling readers

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