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The monthly newsmagazine for and about speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists, The ASHA Leader provides news you can use and showcases the latest research and practice advances in communication sciences and disorders. Celebrating the wide range of people at the heart of the discipline, The ASHA Leader also illuminates the day-to-day work and lives of the 182,000 members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

This is a site created for teachers and speech language pathologists who work with students on social/emotional skills in the school setting.  Most of the material here is geared for learners from Kindergarten – 8th grade.   Visitors to this site will find teaching tools to download and use themselves, tips for promoting pragmatic language and social-emotional skill success at home, and other useful links and resources. Many resources and tips on this site relate to helping children increase social perspective taking skills, emotion awareness and management, conversation skills, interpretation and use of non-verbal communication, and to develop friendship and interaction skills.  There are also ideas and information related to receptive and expressive language needs surrounding students who are identified with Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, “high” functioning autism, non-verbal learning disability, ADD/ADHD, and other related social cognitive areas.

Research and State Laws. The Education Commission of the States provides news, the latest research findings, and special education laws by state. The site lists special education workshops and other events focusing on the special needs of students. You can also join the community to meet other teachers in your area or across the nation to learn what’s worked for them in their classrooms.

IEP and 504 Plan Resources. The National Center for Learning Disabilities can help further your knowledge on many types of learning disabilities. Videos and articles contain valuable information and strategies to help you effectively teach your students. You can also read tips on assistive technology, improving parent-teacher relationships, and using the Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan.

Curriculum and Classroom Techniques. Teacher Vision offers free curriculum strategies and classroom management techniques to teach students with special needs effectively.

Activities and Games. Do2learn provides 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. In addition, we offer premier products including View2do, JobTIPS, FACELAND, books, and apps for purchase.

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This website provides lots of useful resources of educational web tools and mobile apps for teachers and educators.

Teaching Materials & Strategies. Learning Disabilities Online features an Educators' section, which provides instructional strategies, information, and solutions for teaching issues. There is also a Learning Store for products to supplement your teaching material.

Resource Guides. The National Education Association provides special education news and guides on common issues found in the special education school system. 

Staying Informed. The National Association of Special Education Teachers(NASET) provides news and information on special education teaching methodology.

Higher Education.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 17 percent increase in special education teachers from 2008 to 2018. Although competition in the field may rise, the U.S. Labor Statistics Bureau also reports that many school districts are having trouble finding an adequate number of licensed special education teachers. To put yourself in the best possible position and receive the teaching position you desire, consider seeking additional education with a Master of Science in Special Education to get advanced training along with professional certification.

​Learning Materials. SEN Teacher has Printables, specialist Links, free Software Downloads and Search Tools for all types and levels of special and remedial education. SEN Teacher is also used by many parents and teachers of younger students and children without special needs.

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