An abrupt move to home-based learning is especially hard for students with special needs--but these resources may help ease the transition, like this finger on a smartphone app

8 learning apps for students with special needs


An abrupt move to home-based learning is especially hard for students with special needs--but these resources may help ease the transition

Millions of students have transitioned to online learning over the past month as a health pandemic sweeps the globe. While that transition is easy for some students, many–including students with special needs–find it difficult.

Teachers have done, and are still doing, a fantastic job moving their instruction online, ensuring students without devices or home internet have access to school-provided resources or can obtain paper copies. Many districts are also weaving mental health services and SEL into core instruction to help students process their new learning reality.

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Students with special needs may be missing their regular routines and resources, but there are a number of apps and online tools that can help parents and caregivers fill the gaps as much as possible while a return to face-to-face learning remains undecided.

These apps can be especially helpful for parents looking for easy-to-access resources in the midst of helping their children adjust to learning at home.

The Teen and Adult Phonics (TAP) Library offers a growing collection of sequential, decodable digital novels with edgy, engaging themes designed to appeal to teenagers and adults. Care has been taken to build a positive experience for older emergent readers, especially those with SpLD such as dyslexia, ASD or ADHD.

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