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ADHD
Autism
Behaviour
Bullying & conflict resolution
Positive Behavioural Support
Chronic health
Deaf and hard of hearing
Deafblind
Down Syndrome
ESL
FASD 

 

Part 2 (on this page)
Gifted
Instruction and management
Learning disabilities
Mental health
Multiple intelligence
Nonverbal learning disabilities
Physical disabilities
Processing disorders
Students at risk
Tourette Syndrome
Visual impairment
UDL/Differentiated 

Gifted

  • Gifted Education - A Resource Guide for Teachers
    Ministry of Education Special Education Resouce Guide
    This resource guide helps educators develop and maintain meaningful programs for exceptionally talented and gifted students.
  • Association for Educators of Gifted, Talented and Creative Children in B.C.
    11 articles or pamphlets on several topics and issues associated with gifted education including: Acceleration, The Affective Domain, Cluster Grouping, Gifted/Learning Disabled, Leadership, The Mathematically Gifted, Mentorships, Myths of Giftedness, Self-Directed Learning, and Underachievement.
  • ERIC Digests
    These are short reports (1500-2000 words) that provide a basic overview, plus pertinent references; available from their web site: ERIC directory - www.ericdigests.org/eric-digests.html.
    E574: Dual Exceptionalities (1999) 
  • Gifted Kids, Gifted Characters, and Great Books
    by Bertie Kingore
    The annotated bibliography in this article focuses on the following three criteria: the books are written by authors of merit; each book contains well-developed characters who display gifted behaviors; and the stories include thought-provoking problem situations, issues, or personal needs with which gifted students can identify.
  • Gifted Students
    Talking about Special Education Handbooks, written by the First Nations Schools Association and the First Nations Education Steering Committee. For teachers and parents. Written in easy to understand language. Download copies from their publications section on their web site: http://www.fnsa.ca/programs 
  • High Achiever, Gifted Learner, Creative Thinker
    by Bertie Kingore
    A comparison of these three types of learners.
  • The Journey: A Handbook for Parents of Children Who Are Gifted and Talented
    From Alberta Education - Supporting Every Student
    This compliments Book 7, "Teaching Students Who Are Gifted and Talented" from the Programming For Students With Special Needs Series
    This handbook offers information and strategies that parents can use to nurture their childs learning and emotional well-being at home, in school, and in the community. 2003
  • Lower Mainland Gifted Contacts
    Gifted Education coordinators and specialists in the region of Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Their mission is to create opportunities and environments that recognize, support, and enable the development of the gifted and talented.
  • Reading Instruction for the Primary Gifted Learner
    by Bertie Kingore
    What are some appropriate reading strategies for advanced readers?
  • Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom
    by Susan Winebrenner
    This book provides answers to teachers who recognize that their students have been unchallenged in the regular classroom, but aren’t certain how to provide them with appropriately interesting and in-depth curriculum. It also provides the rationale for the need for special curriculum for gifted children. 2nd edition includes a chapter on parenting gifted children, and more reproducibles.
    Available in CD. Free Spirit Publishing Inc. ISBN 1-57542-089-9

Instruction and management


Learning disabilities

Top 7 Picks

  1. Teaching Students with Learning and Behavioural Differences - A Resource Guide for Teachers
    Ministry of Education Special Education Resource Guide
    This manual is designed to support teachers as they strive to help students with learning and behavioural difficulties succeed in the classroom. Especially recommended is the section called "Especially for Teachers."
  2. Teaching LD
    Especially recommended is the section titled "Teaching How-To's."
  3. Understanding Learning Disability
    Learning Disabilities Association of Canada.
  4. Learning Disabilities on Line
    LD Online is an interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and children. LD OnLine is the official site of The Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities. LD Online provides articles on a wide range of topics, national calendar of events, network of resources, artwork and writings by children, parents, and other individuals, and much more.
  5. Math Disability: An Overview
    by Diane Pedrotty Bryant
    An expert explains what a math disability is, the underlying causes, and how it impacts kids at various grade levels.
  6. Reading and the Brain
    LD OnLine offers these videos to show you how the brain works when a person is reading. Sit with scientists and watch as they study children - and start to unlock the mysteries of how the brain processes sounds and letters.
  7. Writing Strategies to Help Students: Guides for Teachers, Tutors, and Parents
    Find out the reasons for students' trouble and learn some tried-and-true techniques that really work to improve writing. This article examines some of the issues that frustrate students with writing difficulties, and offers many practical strategies.
    These issues include: working memory, story size, sloppiness and understanding.
     
  • ABC's of LD/ADHD
    LD Online
  • Assistive Technology for Kids With Learning Disabilities - An Overview
    If your child has a learning disability, she may benefit from assistive technology tools that play to her strengths and work around her challenges.
  • Coaching kids with LD and AD/HD in sports entails considerable challenge and reward for parents and coaches alike.
    When you offer your child insight and strategies to guide him through the hurdles, sports participation can be a positive experience for your child.
  • Dissecting Dyslexia: Genetic causes and educational solutions
    Recent studies suggest that the reading difficulties that people with dyslexia experience are caused by "faulty wiring" in certain areas of the brain, due, at least in part, to genetics. Early screening for such variations would make it possible to provide timely and appropriate intensive intervention. This intervention can aid children to overcome their disability and to learn to read at an acceptable level.
  • Dyslexia — An Overview
    by Jan Baumel
    You've heard the term "dyslexia" and wonder if it applies to your child who's struggling in school. How can you tell if she has this language-based learning disability?
  • ERIC Digests
    These are short reports (1500-2000 words) that provide a basic overview, plus pertinent references; available from their web site: ERIC directory - www.ericdigests.org/eric-digests.html.  
  • Friendship and Stories: Using Children's Literature to Teach Friendship Skills to Children with Learning Disabilities
    by Katherine L. DeGeorge
  • Helping Children with Executive Functioning Problems to Manage Physical Impulsiveness
    Want your students to stop grabbing things, pushing, and shoving? Teaching techniques you can implement right now.
  • fHelping Teens Develop Daily Living Skills
    In this exclusive series of articles, Arlyn Roffman, Ph.D., an expert on transition issues, explains why kids with learning disabilities often struggle to learn basic daily living skills. She also shows how parents can help their kids succeed by providing explicit instruction and practice in the following skill areas:
    • Shopping for and preparing food
    • Housekeeping
    • Managing money and being a wise consumer
    • Travel and transportation
    • Healthy lifestyle, hobbies, and recreation
     
  • Is It a Reading Disorder or Developmental Lag?
    By: Susan Hall, M.B.A.
    How do parents know if their child's reading delay is a real problem or simply a "developmental lag?" How long should parents wait before seeking help if their child is struggling with reading?
  • Kurzweil 3000TM is the comprehensive reading, writing and learning software solution for any struggling reader, including individuals with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, or those who are English Language Learners. Access to Any Curriculum - The software can access virtually any information, whether it is printed, electronic, or on the Web. Because Kurzweil 3000 is also content independent, teachers in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges alike use it to help students succeed in the classroom regardless of curriculum or lesson plan.
  • LD Resources
    This site provides a collection of articles, Web site links, and organization contacts for people with learning disabilities.
  • The Learning Disabilities Association of Canada
    Since 1963, we have provided understanding and support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals. Working with our network of provincial/territorial and local partners, we provide cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and tools you can use
  • Lee Pesky Learning Center
    A non-profit, educational organization specializing in helping individuals with learning disabilities. Teachers at the Center work with approximately 75 students a week, providing assessment, one-on-one specialized instruction and counseling to children and adults with learning differences. The Center has expanded its services to provide classes in social skills, study skills, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Through the distance-learning video conferencing facility, the Center offers literacy education to teachers throughout Idaho.
  • Unlocking Potential: Key Components of Programming for Students With Learning Disabilities
    From Alberta Education - Supporting Every Student
    Provides practical strategies for regular classroom and special education teachers. Discusses topics from the conceptual model and applications, to identification and program planning and assessment and to addressing other learning disabilities. 1996 (K-12)
  • Provincial Software Acquisition Program
    SET-BC
    PSAP is a purchasing and preferential pricing program that enables BC school districts to acquire software products designed to help students with disabilities improve their reading and writing skills. The software products are useful for students with high incidence and low incidence disabilities.
  • Reading Problems in Middle School and High School Students
    By: Kevin Feldman, Ed.D.
    What happens to kids with delayed reading skills when they enter middle and high school? Are accommodations in the classroom enough? Is it too late to teach reading?
  • Risk and Resilience in People with Learning Disabilities
    Read what research says about "protective factors" that help kids with LD succeed despite challenges.
  • Social Competence and the Child with Learning Disabilities
    These tips and answers to common questions are from the Teacher's Guide to Last One Picked ... First One Picked On: Learning Disabilities and Social Skills with Richard Lavoie.
  • Social Skills: The Bottom Line for Adult LD Success
    by Marnell L. Hayes
    There are many aspects of social skills that are especially important in adult relationships. This article addresses relevant topics including body-space awareness, organizational skills, reading facial expressions and understanding vocal cues.
  • ProfessorGarfield.org
    Helps kids with learning difficulties feel better about themselves -- by giving them information about their learning problems, helping them recognize their unique strengths, showcasing their creativity, and connecting them to other kids who struggle with learning.
  • Successful People with LD and/or AD/HD
    Did you know that many successful and famous people grew up with learning disabilities (LD) and/or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)? Actress Whoopi Goldberg, business leader Charles Schwab, and Olympic diver Greg Louganis, to name a few, are all inspirations. Talk with your child about some of these successful people whose interests he/she shares or whose accomplishments he/she may admire. This will help her/him understand that she's/he's not alone with her/his struggles and will foster hope for her/ his future goals.
  • Teaching Kids with LD (and ADHD) to Drive: A Complex Family Matter
    All parents worry when their children reach driving age and blurt out the inevitable question, "When can I get my license?"
    But for those of us whose children are distractible, hyperactive, impulsive, or learning disabled (LD), the question is much more complex. Not only is it worrisome to think of the impact of these qualities on mastering the driver's education manual on the rules of the road, and the written test covering copious material that must be memorized, but the idea of a new driver with any sort of disability that impacts concentration taking to the road in a two-ton vehicle can be downright frightening.
  • Understanding Bullying and Its Impact on Kids with Learning Disabilities or AD/HD
    by Marlene Snyder
  • Understanding Learning Disabilities, How Difficult Can This Be? : The F.A.T. City Workshop
    PBS Video [distributor]
    Presented by Richard D. Lavoie, this workshop shows how the classroom can be such an intimidating place for children with learning disabilities. He leads parents, educators, psychologists and children through experiences that lead to the Frustration, Anger, and Tension (F.A.T.) that learning disabled children experience daily. By coming to an better understanding of the issues surrounding learning disabilities, viewers will learn strageties for working more effectively with LD students.
    Available for loan to BCTF members from the BCTF Video Library. For more information, see the BCTF Video Resource.
  • Using Technology to Enhance the Writing Processes of Students with Learning Disabilities
    by Charles A. MacArthur
  • Voiceprint Canada
    A non-profit service established to remove barriers to the media for vision impaired and print-restricted Canadians. Access 15 years of news from local and national newspapers using Voiceprint Canada.
  • What is Executive Functioning?
    Some children just can't seem to "get it together." They have trouble gathering materials to start an assignment, finding their clothes to get dressed in the morning, and deciding which task to do first. A list of executive functions includes: Inhibition, Shift, Emotional Control, Initiation, Working memory, Planning/Organization and Self-Monitoring.

Mental health

  • Anxiety among Kids with LD: Three Clinical Psychologists Discuss Causes and Symptoms
    Research shows that children and adolescents with learning disabilities (LD) may experience increased levels of anxiety compared to young people without LD. This article helps to give a better understanding of these issues as three clinical psychologists are interviewed to share their expertise.
  • BC FRIENDS for Life: The FRIENDS program is a school-based anxiety prevention and resiliency skill-building program, sponsored by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). There is also a FRIENDS Parent Program, teaching parents about anxiety and ways to reinforce the FRIENDS skills at home. 

  • BC Mental Health Fact Sheets
    These articles are researched using the best available evidence and are written in magazine style complete with statistics, interviews and sidebars, and are intended for people with only basic knowledge about mental health or substance use problems. These fact sheets cover a wide range of mental health and substance use issues from schizophrenia or stress to eating disorders or tobacco addiction. There are also population-specific articles for issues of particular relevance to seniors, children and youth, and ethnocultural groups.
  • Can We Talk? - The Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Canadian Mental Health Association, with support from Global Television, are raising awareness of the mental health of children and youth.
  • Fact Sheets on Mental Health and Addictions Issues
    by the Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Division
  • Here to Help 
    A group of seven leading provincial mental health and addictions nonprofit agencies are working together as the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. This site has lots of articles, publications, fact sheets and links to resources on the topic of mental health.
  • How Parents Can Help Children Who Are Anxious
    The second in this series, this article focuses on approaches parents can use to help their children with LD who are experiencing anxiety.
  • Kelty Mental Health
    Mental health and substance abuse information resource page.
  • Medical/ Disability Information for Classroom Teachers - LearnAlberta.ca
    This downloadable resource reviews characteristics and definitions of a variety of disabilities, both physical and mental; suggests classroom strategies and explains how disabilities impact students' learning, behavior and adaptation in a school environment. 
  • Non-suicidal deliberate  self injury - a presentation about behaviour.
  • Stop Wondering, Start Knowing
    A Mental Health School Video Resource
  • Strong Kids
    A scripted curriculum developed to promote social and emotional learning and resiliency with children in grades 4-8.
    Developed by the Oregon Resiliency Project.
  • Strong Teens
    A scripted curriculum developed to promote social and emotional learning and resiliency with adolescents in grades 9-12 (or ages 14-18).
    Developed by the Oregon Resiliency Project.
  • Teaching Students with Mental Health Disorders: Resources for Teachers Volume 1 - Eating Disorders
    Ministry of Education Special Education Resouce Guide
    This resource is intended to support the classroom teacher who is teaching a student with an eating disorder by providing insight into this complicated health and mental health condition. It is designed to support teachers in acquiring the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to allow them to feel confident in responding in a positive and proactive manner to students with eating disorders.
  • Teaching Students with Mental Health Disorders - Resources for Teachers Volume 2 - Depression
    Ministry of Education Special Education Resouce Guide
    This resource guide has been developed to help educators: access basic information about students with depression, achieve a realistic awareness about depression in children and youth, learn background information to assist in identifying early warning signs so that appropriate referrals to physicians or mental health professionals can be made, and develop strategies for supporting students with depression.

Multiple intelligence

  • How Are Kids Smart, Multiple Intelligences In The Classroom
    National Professional Resources, Inc.
    This production on Multiple Intelligence (M.I.) features Dr. Howard Gardner working with students and teachers in the Fuller Elementary School M.I. program in Gloucester, Ma. The viewer can learn about M.I. theory and myths and also observe how teachers in the Fuller program incorporated M.I. theory into their classrooms and community. "A must for every classroom teacher struggling with the challenges of increasing diversity, inclusion of students with special needs and the move toward heterogenous grouping."
    Available for loan to BCTF members from the BCTF Video Library. For more information, see the BCTF Video Resource.
  • Mel Levine –“All Kinds of Minds”
    When general lesson interventions fall short of an individual’s learning needs, there is a wealth of support and help in the Learning Library section of Levine’s web site including:
    1. Thinking with numbers,
    2. Mastering the challenges of reading,
    3. Getting thoughts on paper,
    4. Developing control over attention,
    5. Acquiring motor mastery,
    6. Understanding ideas,
    7. Producing and communicating ideas,
    8. Getting organized and having good work habits,9. Learning to relate to others
       
     

Nonverbal learning disabilities


Physical disabilities

  • Abilitations
    Brings fun and function together for physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, special education and adapted physical education. A wide variety of products available. The web site also includes articles on: adapted play, advocacy, assisted living, aquatics and fine motor.
  • The BC Epilepsy Society offers a variety of resources and services to assist teachers and other school personnel in supporting the learning and psycho-social needs of students with seizures. These include educational workshops for school staff or students, classroom resource kits, and information materials. It is estimated that 30-40% of children with epilepsy have cognitive difficulties; this can lead to various academic and social problems. However, within these formative years, teachers and students are in a unique position to help children and youth with epilepsy develop a positive and healthy attitude towards themselves and their learning. For more information on the Partners in Teaching program, email outreach@bcepilepsy.com or call 604-875-6704.
  • Dyspraxia is a term that refers to a specific disorder in the area of motor skill development. People with dyspraxia have difficulty planning and completing intended fine motor tasks. It is estimated that as many as 6% of all children show some signs of dyspraxia, and in the general population, about 70% of those affected by dyspraxia are male.  Learn about the effects of dyspraxia and strategies to help.
  • Partners in Teaching program
    This initiative from the BC Epilepsy Society includes free educational workshops and materials about seizures, first aid, and the related school issues for school staff or students. The goal of this program is to create safe and supportive classrooms for any student who may experience seizures. For more information, individuals can call BC Epilepsy at 604-875-6704, or email them at outreach@bcepilepsy.com.

Processing disorders

 


Students at risk

  • The BC Epilepsy Society offers a variety of resources and services to assist teachers and other school personnel in supporting the learning and psycho-social needs of students with seizures. These include educational workshops for school staff or students, classroom resource kits, and information materials. It is estimated that 30-40% of children with epilepsy have cognitive difficulties; this can lead to various academic and social problems. However, within these formative years, teachers and students are in a unique position to help children and youth with epilepsy develop a positive and healthy attitude towards themselves and their learning. For more information on the Partners in Teaching program, email outreach@bcepilepsy.com or call 604-875-6704.
  • From the BCTF Video Library
    For more information, see the BCTF Video Resource.
    • Children In Need CED
      "...people and programs working to change the lives of disadvantaged children. It shows how children can be helped to blossom...students can succeed....American business is becoming an active partner in this process..."
    • The Keys to Motivating and Teaching Youth At Risk, A Three-Video Set For Parents and Those Working With At-Risk Youth
      National Educational Service
      "A three-video set for parents and those working with at-risk youth."
    • The Mind Of A Child, Children On the Edge ; Working With Children Affected By Poverty, Racism and War
      Face to face Media Ltd. in association with the National Film Board of Canada [et al.]
      This inspiring documentary chronicles the work of First Nations education specialist Lorna Williams, a member of the St'at'yemc Nation. Her mission: to help aboriginal children strive beyond mere "survival" by overcoming the multiple learning challenges created by their social, pedagogical and economic environments. It also features the noted Jewish educator and psychologist Reuven Feuerstein, whose work with children of the Holocaust provided him with an understanding of how "cultural transmission" becomes a critical component of children's cognitive development. This understanding subsequently became the basis of his "mediated learning theory," successfully used by educators world wide and by Lorna in her present work as she sets out to create strategies / programs that strengthen "at risk" children's inherent intelligence and learning abilities.
    • Reclaiming Youth At Risk, Our Hope For The Future
      National Educational Service
      This production illustrates how the "Reclaiming" concepts of Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity have been used successfully in two schools and two residential treatment centers.
     
  • ChildTrauma Academy
    A not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas. Their goal is to help improve the lives of traumatized and maltreated children and their families. They do so by working to improve the systems that educate, nurture, protect and enrich these children.
    Video Series 1: “Understanding Traumatized and Maltreated Children” is a seven-part series featuring Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and hosted by Art Linkletter. Comprehensive information is presented by Dr. Perry on the primary problems facing maltreated children and dynamic approaches for effective caregiving for professionals and lay people alike.
    Video Series 2: “The Six Core Strengths for Healthy Childhood Development” is also a seven-part series featuring Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. Each program focuses on a key skill and ways to help children acquire that skill, critical to healthy child development: Attachment, Self Regulation, Affiliation, Attunement, Tolerance and Respect.
    Free articles for download:  

Tourette Syndrome


Visual impairment

  • Students with Visual Impairments
    Ministry of Education Special Education Resource Guide
    This resource guide provides basic information, and teaching strategies to broaden your awareness of the feelings and the educational needs of your student with a visual impairment.
  • The Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired
    PRCVI is a Ministry of Education Provincial Resource Program, hosted by the Vancouver School Board (VSB). The mission of the PRCVI is to provide leadership, information, training and consultation to support school districts' goals of equitable access and enhanced learning opportunities for students with visual impairments. The primary function of the PRCVI is to provide British Columbia school districts and Group 1 & 2 Independent schools with alternate formats of provincially recommended learning resources and with specialized equipment to support the educational needs of students with visual impairments. A second responsibility is to support school districts by providing training and inservice opportunities for teachers of students with visual impairments. Thirdly, PRCVI provides to schools, on a cost recovery basis, access to its audiotape and E-text collection for use by students with a print disability.
  • The Blind Fragging the Blind
    by David Cohn
    Michael Feir is an avid gamer. He spent so much time playing games in college he created his own online gaming magazine. But Feir doesn't play the best-selling games and has never seen World of Warcraft -- he's blind. It doesn't matter. A growing library of computer games has been built specially for blind gamers, using sound instead of visuals to let players know what's going on around them.
  • Cortical visual impairment in young childrenPDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children - on line pamphlet
    Information to assist parents and caregivers of a child with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI).
  • Kurzweil 3000TM is the comprehensive reading, writing and learning software solution for any struggling reader, including individuals with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, or those who are English Language Learners. Access to Any Curriculum - The software can access virtually any information, whether it is printed, electronic, or on the Web. Because Kurzweil 3000 is also content independent, teachers in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges alike use it to help students succeed in the classroom regardless of curriculum or lesson plan.
  • Orientation and mobility parent informationPDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children - on line pamphlet
    Information on the development of travel skills for children who are blind or have a visual impairment. This training is guided by the natural stages of a child’s development.
  • Essential Components of Educational Programming for Students who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
    From Alberta Education - Supporting Every Student
    Offers basic information to help provide successful school experiences for blind or visually impaired students. It addresses: the nature of visual impairment; educational implications; specific needs; instructional strategies; importance of orientation and mobility instruction; use of technology. 2004 (K-12)
  • Learning Ally  formerly Recording for the Blind and the Dyslexic (RFB&D) 
    A national educational library for those with print disabilities. For individuals living outside of the U.S., you may register as an individual member, but you may only borrow books that are in RFB&D's Classic Cassettes format.
  • SET-BC Learning Centre
    (Special Education Technology British Columbia) — choose Vision
  • A Strong Beginning - A Sourcebook for Health and Education Professionals Working with Young Children who are Visually Impaired or Blind
    Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
    Provides new curriculum material on vision impairment, includes functional vision assessment, transition to school, practical tips to give parents, and much more.
    To order, contact the Technical Aids Centre of your local CNIB office. See office listings at www.cnib.ca. Product number 30-03-00-320. $39.95 Cdn.
  • Voiceprint Canada
    A non-profit service established to remove barriers to the media for vision impaired and print-restricted Canadians. Access 15 years of news from local and national newspapers using Voiceprint Canada.

Universal Design for Learning/Differentiated Learning


See also Part 1 for more general resources.

Updated June, 2015 

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