Strategies to support SEN students

Resources team
15th November 2018
Supporting SEN students

Guides and practical activities for the inclusion of students with diverse needs

Working with SEND students is quite the challenge. In order to make lessons engaging, teachers need to have a good understanding of learning difficulties, as well as a multitude of differentiated resources. We've hand-picked a collection of booklets, strategies and hands-on activity ideas to help you create an inclusive classroom environment.

Looking for more SEN collections? Check out our latest resource highlights.

Getting to grips with special needs

Learn more about students with special educational needs with these guides and handbooks.

Supportive Classrooms Booklet 1

The ‘Supportive Classrooms Booklet 1’ is a tour de force of differentiation / SEN strategies! We put this together as part of staff training around 'narrowing the gap&' and it acts as a good handout for NQTs and PGCE student. --> For more:
By humansnotrobots

SEND Strategies for Differentiation Success in your classroom

Individual Educational Plan to specifically support SEND students. Use the strategies in your lessons to differentiate for SEND students. These plans were drawn up to support in Humanities lessons but would transfer to other subjects.

Local Authority, Ofsted have said that is is exemplary SEND practice.

I have written codes for the below areas of need. On your lesson plan write the code and the strategy number next to the initials of the child. Keep the IEPs in your teaching file with the students name on.

Practical strategies that support the new SEND code of practice.

Various strategies to use in lessons depending on the need of the child.

Area of SEND need covered includes:
SPLD Dyslexia
General Literacy difficulties
ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder
BESD Behavioural, Emotional and Social difficulties including
ODD Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Asperger Syndrome
Hearing Impaired

Editable file to personalise to your department.
By lesleyann75

Special School Support Pack

The Special Schools Pack is a comprehensive guide for pupils with Down's syndrome in special schools.
By Downssyndromeassociation

SENCO Support- Specific Needs Handbook- Overview and strategies

This is a booklet that highlights specific needs and provides strategies for inclusion for the following:
20 Practical Tips for Behaviour Management, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Aspergers Syndrome, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, General Learning Difficulties, Hearing, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), School Phobia, Speech and Language Difficulties ,Working with Pupils with reading/spelling ages below their chronological ages, Tracking paths from KS2 to KS4, Neutral Language Scripts, Useful Websites .

I used this to provide to new teaching staff, as part of their induction NQTS, and was provided to every Learning Support Assistant as a reference tool.

I also uploaded individual needs, for example dyslexia, onto SIMS which could be linked directly to an individual student, so it can also be used as a reference to teachers in connection to an individual
By maz760

Support for students with learning differences

Support pupils with SpLDs such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and other difficulties with these classroom strategies and practical activities.

Dyslexia support pack

Includes: finger space with prompts for writing, come back to the line prompt to support children who slope down the page, reading tracker to help children to read specific lines and follow the text, reading support strips to support reading techniques for weaker readers.
And a document with them all on one page (slightly less quality, not sure why)
By zvlovegrove

Dyspraxia, Dyslexia and Dyscalculia support activities

Hundreds of ideas designed to support children who have dyslexia, dyscalculia or dyspraxia.
The activities are split into KS1 and KS2 and are designed to be undertaken either as part of small group work or one to one.
Each activity uses minimum resources and gives clear instructions on how to carry out and extend the child's ability.
By smithy123

Supporting Writing Difficulties

A step-by-step guide in the form of a question and answer checklist helping you to identify problems and suggesting a range of practical technology focused solutions to support pupils with writing difficulties.
By CallScotland

Teachers TV: Secondary SEN Dyslexia Friendly Classroom

This programme looks at increasing the understanding of what it is to be a dyslexic at school and offers innovative classroom strategies to help dyslexic pupils to achieve.

It is estimated that around 1 in 10 school children are dyslexic, that’s an average of 3 students per classroom. So are there simple techniques you can use to work effectively with dyslexic students?

To find out we filmed a Dyslexia Awareness course with Special Needs staff from Sackville School in East Grinstead, as they learnt how to make their classrooms dyslexia friendly. Specialist trainers from the Medway Dyslexia Association put our SEN staff through their paces with various activities designed to put them in the shoes of a dyslexic student, from discussing their hobbies using limited vocabulary to attempting to copy passages written with the Greek alphabet while being timed!

This programme looks at deepening our understanding of what it is to be a dyslexic at school. It allow teachers to empathise with their dyslexic pupils and gives innovative strategies for teachers and LSA’s to use in the classroom to help dyslexic pupils to achieve.

By Teachers TV

Support for students with autism

Help students with autism express themselves and thrive in the classroom using these visual support packs.

Autism Support Pack with Widgit Symbols

This resource pack has been designed to support parents, teachers and carers who work with children who are on the autism spectrum.

The pack includes 21 ready-made resources to support routine, emotions, behaviour and social interaction. Use the resources to create timetables, sequences, task boards and many more.


- 5 day week planner
- 7 day week planner
- 2018 - 19 calendar with numbers
- 2018 - 19 calendar with space to add activities
- Months, days and time cards
- Months, days and time cards small
- Countdown calendars
- Event cards
- Small routine event cards
- Now and next boards
- Everyday sequences

- Behaviour prompt cards
- Reward and behaviour charts
- Keeping calm poster

- Feeling cards
- Feeling cards small
- Feeling boards

Social Interaction
- Cards
- Social story about being a good winner
- Social story about getting cross
- Social story about screaming

These resources were created using InPrint 3.
Widgit Symbols supports vocabulary development across the primary curriculum for all students, as well as helping individuals with special needs, autism or speech and language difficulties.

By Widgit_Software

Behavior Toolkit- 18 Visuals to Support Students with Autism

------- 18 Visual Supports for Your Behavior Toolkit-------

Behaviors got you beating your OWN head against a wall? Ready to implement strong visuals with students who have behaviors and not sure where to start? This is just the printable for you!

This Behavior Toolkit provides multiple ways to use Visual Supports to help manage behaviors in your self-contained unit or inclusion setting.

This toolkit includes:
--> Daily Work Schedule & Checkmark Icons
--> AM/PM Daily Schedule & Checkmark Icons
--> Visual: I need a break (2 versions)
--> Break Card: 10 Breaks/5 Breaks/ 3 Breaks
--> Break Card: Visual Choice Icons
--> Visual: I want (2 versions) & Blank Icon Template
--> Visual: I need help (4 versions)
--> Visual: Ready to Work (Y/N)- Large/Small Format
--> Visual: My Rules & Support Icons
--> Visual: Communication Necklace
--> First-Then Charts (2,3,5 Step) & Support Icons
--> Token Economy Chart: I Am Working For (3 & 5 step) & Visual Icons
--> Bonus: Token Economy Tokens (hearts, cars, Pokemon, and basketballs)
--> Parent Behavior Note Home (Weekly & Daily)
--> Positive Notes Home (8 versions)
--> Positive Rewards Punch Cards (16 versions)
--> Student Self-Evaluation with Visual Icons
--> ABC & Interval Data Guidelines and Sheets

You hear it all the time- you need more visual supports in your classroom to support your students with Autism and those with behavior concerns- now you can get all the visuals you need to implement a great behavior system and properly manage problem behaviors.

This resource was created by Ayodele Jones © 2017. All rights reserved by author. The materials in this unit were distributed and intended for single use only. The purchaser may reproduce copies for students in your classroom for classroom use only. You may not share with other teachers in your building, district, or otherwise. Redistributing, editing, selling, or posting this item (or any part thereof) on the internet is strictly prohibited. Violations are subject to penalties of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Additional licenses can be purchased for multi-use at a discount. Please contact the author at
By Noodle Nook

Visual Supports for Autism: Communication and Behavior

Visual Supports for Autism: Communication and Behavior. This resource is a GREAT support for students with autism and other special need students. Use them at school or at home.

These Visual Supports for Autism: Communication and Behavior includes:
-My School Day (subjects, emotions, and questions)
-Notes from the home/my weekend
-Choice board
-Social Story (The Teacher is Teaching)

Visual Supports included:
-worried, pencil and paper, night before, listen to teacher, watch others, take deep breath, books, practice, think, listen, count, note-taking, lunch, match ideas. attention, think about, solution, brain turned on, shoes and clothing, hands still, try another plan, sit in your chair, fold hands, take a deep breath, count to 3, show me, happy again, ready to work, feet on floor, quiet hands, look at teacher, I'm ready to work, sit on floor, fold hands, look, listen, quiet, I get tickled, I hear a joke, I'm happy and excited, for no reason; just because, I made a silly mistake, I watch a funny show, I get tricked, someone plays a joke on me, now you think of one..., Hi, Bye, How are you?, I'm fine, please, thank you, excuse me, sorry, what's your name?, nice to meet you, can I play?, I'm having fun, see you later, what's new with you, guess what?, and more...

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Autism Visual Support

Autism Communication Cards
There are 6 Autism & Special Needs Communication Cards: "Wait!", "Help!", "I want"," Break!", "Yes" and "No". The page must be printed on photo paper, laminated and cut out.
By Angie S

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