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Students with Special Needs At-Home Resources

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We have compiled learning activities and digital resources that are aligned with the Mississippi College-and Career-Readiness Standards to continue and reinforce your child's education. Parents and caregivers should promote good screen time practices when students are online, continuing their studies, playing games, or socializing with friends and family. 

The resources below have been curated by the Mississippi Department of Education Special Education and Intervention Services Specialist for students with special needs, including resources specifically for students with dyslexia, autism, speech/language development, visual impairments, and students receiving interventions. 

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Behavior

  • PBIS World
    This website gives appropriate strategies to support students with their social-emotional and behavioral needs.

Dexterity Skills

  • iWrite Words (PreK - 2nd grade) Sun Icon
    This app for iPad or iPhone will assist students with handwriting.
  • LetterSchool (Prek - 2nd grade)
    This app for iPad or iPhone will assist students with handwriting

Digital Lessons

  • Atlanta Speech School Online Preschool (Birth - 5 years)
    Flexible activities broken down into easy-to-follow steps, morning songs that build language skills, the story reads that emphasize age-relevant vocabulary.
  • GreatMinds
    Knowledge-building resources from Eureka Math® (for Grades K–12),  English language arts curriculum Wit & Wisdom® (K–8), and PhD Science™ (3–5). Customized by grade and module, these consistent and coherent video lessons, delivered by experienced teachers, are viewable on any device. Coordinating activities are also available with each module.
  • IXL (PreK - 12th grade)
    Students can access different activities that span different content areas and different grade levels. 
  • PBS Learning Media (PreK - 12th) Sun Icon
    PBS has curated a unique collection of resources organized by grades and subject areas. Parents will find videos and activities that support learning at home. 
  • STEM Activities for Kids (1st - 8th grade)
    This online site interactive program engages students in hands-on activities using STEM.

Dyslexia

  • Alta Read (Parents)
    ALTA is an international professional certifying organization dedicated to the remediation of written language skills. ALTA certifies individuals trained in the remediation of written language skills. ALTA requires that members meet specific standards, maintain CEUs, and follow the organization's Code of Ethics.
  • International Dyslexia Association (Parents)
    To create a future for all individuals who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading differences so that they may have richer, more robust lives and access to the tools and resources they need.
  • Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity (Parents)
    This website is a resource to illuminate the creative and intellectual strengths of those with dyslexia, to disseminate the latest scientific research and practical resources, and to transform the treatment of all dyslexic children and adults. 

Educational Games

  • ABCya Sun Icon
    Games in many content areas for Pre-K through 6th grade.
  • Scratch (3rd - 8th grade)
    This website assists students with programing their own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share their creations with others in the online community.  It also promotes students to be creative, think systemically, and collaborate with others. 
  • Starfall (PreK - 3rd grade) Sun Icon
    Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children and is especially useful for special education, homeschooling, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL).

Language and Reading Skills

  • Neuhaus Academy (9 - 12th grade)
    Free vocabulary tutorials focused on meaning and usage, as well as pronunciation and spelling.
  • Reading Rockets (PreK - 12th grade)
    This online interactive website is a resources-based site to assist with reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed for all educators who work collaboratively or independently with students as well as parents to assist with identifying struggling reading to help build fluency, vocabulary, comprehension skills, phonics, phonemic awareness.
  • Read Write Think (K - 12th grade) Sun Icon
    Activities, tips, games, projects, and printables to assist children with reading and writing.
  • Seusville (PreK - 3rd grade)
    This website includes activities, crafts, recipes, and learning guides to engage children to learn how to read and to learn about their environment. 
  • Sonday System Parent Empowerment Kit (K - 5th grade)
    Utilizes an Orton-Gillingham Approach that is structured, systematic, phonics-based, multisensory, scaffolded curriculum, and an intensive spelling component. 
  • Speech with Milo (K - 5th grade) Sun Icon
    This iPad and iPhone app is engaging, fun, and affordable for building basic language and speech skills.
  • Story Place (PreK) 
    This online site was launched in 2000 as a virtual website designed to introduce children to the experience of going to the library. The website participates in the same types of activities the library offers at a  physical location. 
  • SuperDuper (PreK - 8th grade)
    This link provides assistance with improving developmental, articulation, and language skills (expressive and receptive). 
  • The Writing Machine (PreK - 1st grade)
    This iPad app is essential for providing a roadmap to literacy based on a foundation that starts with specific concepts related to language, print awareness, and concept.
  • Wilbooks (PreK - 3rd grade)
    This site has available over 1,000 of our titles (both English and Spanish) online to read for free, educational videos, poetry pages, and downloadable word searches.  
  • Words on Wheels (K - 6th grade)
    This app is an augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) for the iPhone or iPad that helps children with speech deficits to communicate more effectively by combing images to create sentences.