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Resources for Students with Learning Differences

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Immersive Reader Guide

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Example (s)

Allow movement/breaks 

Allow student to have frequent movement breaks to help with attention/focus 



Brain Breaks, such as https://www.gonoodle.com/ 


First/then statements (e.g., “first complete [insert task], then you may [insert reward]”) 


A small electronic device used to make mathematical calculations using a keyboard and visual display.  

Calculator on phone, computer, tablet, or handheld calculator 

Check for Understanding 

A periodic check of student understanding 

Checking student’s work to ensure he/she is understanding the material or asking if the student has any questions about the content 

Chunking/Segmenting Assignment 

Break assignments into smaller sections 

Have students complete 5 problems at a time instead of the entire assignment at one time. 

Grid or Lined Paper 

Paper with built in spacing to help organize and solve math problems such as long division, decimals, and fractions. 

Grid paper 

Highlight Key Words/ Points 

Highlight or underline keywords/points within the text to maximize understanding  


Highlight clue words indicating the task the directions are asking them to do.

Math -highlight key words that indicate the needed operation(s).   


Reading -highlight clue words for the task the questions are asking them to do. 


Math Manipulatives 

Any small objects used to help student solve math problems 

Cereal, Coins, Blocks, Crayons,


Quiet Location 

To ensure focus, ensure the student has a quiet location to work. 

Student works away from environmental distractions such as TV, siblings, center of the home 


Prompting to refocus attention to the current task.  

“You’ve been doing a great job, let’s keep working” 


Rephrase/Reword the question or directions in a way that students can understand 


Repeat the directions or questions as needed for task completion 

Simplify or re-explain the directions by Using language at the level of a child’s understanding.  


Take unnecessary words out of questions or directions to simplify 

Rewards and Reinforcers 

Provide a reward to reinforce good choices upon completion of tasks or a specified number of tasks. 

Student chooses their favorite activity,  

Stickers, Star on paper, Positive reinforcement (nice work) 


A person will write a student’s answer as they dictate it, word-for-word. 

If your child states “the boy runned at the park” you will write the answer exactly as they stated it. *Do not correct grammar* 

Speech to Text 

Students can talk while the software will type what they say. Remember to say punctuation marks ex. “period” 

Google Voice Typing 

Text to Speech 

Software will read the text on the screen 

Human Reader 


Google Read & Write(extension) 

Visual Aids 

Visuals such as pictures, charts, or drawings that help students complete a task. 

Multiplication Chart 

100s Chart 

Graphic Organizers 

Task Strips 



Word Processor 

Any technology that can be used to type a response 

Google Docs 


Microsoft Word 

Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs 





For grades K-12: Lessons in Early literacy, Language, Reading, Social Studies, and Science.  Students take a placement test that provides a personalized lesson pathway to meet each student's individual needs. Students can log in by going to the RCS district clever portal and selecting the Moby Max tile. 

Moby Max




PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials 


PBS Learning Media




Preschool through 8th grade Home schooling E-Courses

A Better Way to Homeschool 


Educational games for grades PreK through 6 that will keep kids engaged and having fun. Topics include math, reading, typing, just-for-fun logic games   





Life skills curriculum for students in grades K-12. These resources include strategies for teaching social and emotional skills. We have included several example sites and direct links.





Adaptive curriculum in Math and ELA for Grades K-8


Adaptive Curriculum:


Adaptive curriculum in Science




Activity Schedule

An activity schedule is a visual representation or sequence of pictures or words that represent each step during an activity. For example, an activity schedule might list the specific steps involved in brushing teeth, getting dressed, or playing with play dough. 








File Folder Games 


Includes free templates to file folder games



Have Fun Teaching  


Worksheets, coloring pages, flash cards, activities, videos, songs and more tools that teach every standard. 




Free Touch Math Samples: https://www.touchmath.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=freestuff.welcome


Click on appropriate grade level 



Touch Math: 


Videos are available on Youtube.com showing how to do touch math.



Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/


Students practice at their own pace, first filling in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning. 



Quick Math:  https://quickmath.com/#c=simplify_algstepssimplify&v217=8855%2F45


Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and they show you the step-by-step work and answer instantly (2nd grade through college) 



Imagine Math:  https://math.imaginelearning.com/users/sign_in/


High School Math Intervention  

Students should use the log in information provided by his/her teacher  



Freckle (Free):   https://www.freckle.com/



Reflex Math:  https://www.reflexmath.com/



iReady:  https://login.i-ready.com/


Students log in through Clever account 


There is also an app available i-Ready for Students


iReady:  https://login.i-ready.com/


Students log in through Clever account 


There is also an app available i-Ready for Students