* Integrating content areas into reading, social skills, and math

Teachezwell is awesome! If you are a teacher, especially in the special education arena, I highly recommend you read this. She hits the bulls-eye every time. We need more teachers like her because she understands that just because a student has a disability they can still learn and adapt. You just have to work with them, not against them.

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atomglobe.jpgOK, here’s my bias.  Reading, writing, and math are core subjects to me, as are social skills and behavior.  At least one of these five subjects lies at the heart of needed remediation for special needs kids. I believe reading and social skills are primary.  They both allow access to the realms of the typical learners who never give a second (negative) thought to their abilities.  Lack of these two fundamental skills can lead to all manner of distress, anxiety, relational conflicts, and isolation.  Social skills and behavior are cousins, so the same consequences apply.  Math and writing follow closely behind as factors determining academic success and basic life skill acquisition.

The good news?  Science and social studies are often areas of interest for kids with the above weaknesses, the kids with autism, dyslexia or dyscalculia, and those labeled twice exceptional.  These content areas provide a footing upon which to build reading skills and a toolkit for incorporating social skills and behavior instruction through…

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