There are hundreds of websites and apps devoted to education, many that integrate visual and interactive learning. Thankfully, technology has made it extremely accessible for children with varying learning disabilities to work with dynamic and adaptive tools that can effectively build on academic progress. Practice drills actually feel like play. Here are several recommended sites that have attracted millions of views. Resource: Educational Resources - www.special-education-degree.net
Published by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Storyline Online is an excellent resource for children with learning disabilities like dyslexia. This website records free videos of narrators, and sometimes well-known actors like Eva Longoria, reading children’s books aloud. Students develop their literacy skills by following along with text as the literature comes alive.
Into the Book!
A reading comprehension multimedia resource for elementary students. The Wisconsin Media Lab created the Into the Book! website to provide engaging reading comprehension activities in English and Spanish. Elementary children with learning disabilities will benefit from dissecting books, such as The Wolf Who Cried Boy and A Pirate’s Life. Short, 15-minute videos are included to teach important reading strategies like visualizing and summarizing.
Featured on PBS, is a David M. Rubenstein Prize-winning website devoted to providing research based activities that help struggling readers. There is an extensive library of lessons centered on fluency, oral language, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, and other literacy skills. Children can also incite their passion for reading with themed booklists, such “Young Detectives.”
Starfall Pre K - K
Starfall is a free educational website that teaches basic English reading and writing skills. Founded in 2002, the website teaches children how to read by using games and phonics. Young children diagnosed with learning disabilities will load fun activity lessons from letter recognition to reading full-length books.
Letters and Sounds 1st - 8th Grade
Your young student can practice letter recognition, rhyme, letter sounds, and putting words together!
Attracting over 11 million views monthly, Do2Learn is an unparalleled special needs resource website started in 1996 through a NIH Small Business Innovation Research grant. Learning disabled youth access thousands of free elementary- level worksheets for literacy, math, visual discrimination, behavior management, and more. There are also printable picture cards to promote functional communication in children with Autism. For older students, JobTips helps with finding, getting and keeping a job.
AAA Math (K - 8th Grade)
Children diagnosed with dyscalculia will particularly benefit from AAA Math, a website filled with free, easy-to-understand K-8 interactive mathematics lessons. Interactive pages help remove frustration from tough concepts like division, ratios, exponents, and graphing. Practice questions and fun games like Countdown give students’ instant feedback to prevent learning incorrect methods.
Children with learning disabilities and a knack for science will enjoy The Exploratorium, a website that brings the San Francisco museum to your desktop. Youth can scroll through 55 pages of educational videos to illustrate key topics like climate change, electricity, and human anatomy. Also download the Total Solar Eclipse app to prepare for the upcoming astronomical