Special educational needs lesson plans and activities: Sensory impairment

Resources and ideas for special educational needs, sensory impairment, written by teachers to support teaching and learning

Ocean Themed Signing Book

Ocean Themed Signing Book

This is a book full of ocean themed words that also have the AUSLAN sign on the page to assist with teaching students with speech and hearing concerns. This was particularly helpful for the teachers aide to use while others in the class were doing classwork so that students with special needs could work on similar content. Good for vocabulary building.

By BenjiAus

Communication Comfort Cards

Communication Comfort Cards

This is a set of three colour-based communication cards that are a wonderful aid for the able and disabled alike. However, they can be particularly useful with those that have an autistic spectrum disorder. They are an easy and effective way for people to let staff members, classmates, friends or almost anyone know how they feel about communicating at that point in time.Each card is 3 x 4 and fit easily inside a name badge holder. Alternatively, you can laminate them and use a hole punch before threading them onto a lanyard.This set includes both a UK and US friendly versions; along with a set for those that are familiar with this system and also one for those that are new to it.I hope this simple aid can help your students, family or friends to communicate more effectively! If you have any feedback please get in touch.

By cbmorris1

Duplo London Bus. Lego-based Therapy

Duplo London Bus. Lego-based Therapy

This is a very simple step-by-step building instructions for Lego-Based Therapy interventions. Designated to help children to develop their social and communication skills. Involves using of concepts such as colour, size and position. Pupils work in pairs or group of 3 building collaboratively. Every student has a different role: engineer, supplier and builder.

By Mycar

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Swimming Lesson Plans

Swimming Lesson Plans

These swimming lessons were used during an Ofsted inspection. The lesson plans were positively received and would work well for teachers who are new to teaching Swimming or who have to delegate responsibility in their session to teaching assistants.These sessions were created for students with a visual impairment but would work well with Swimmers working at P6-NC2.

By GoldSEN

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WHAT? HOW MANY? WHAT COLOR? Adapted Book for Autism - Book 2

WHAT? HOW MANY? WHAT COLOR? Adapted Book for Autism - Book 2

What? How Many? What Color? Interactive Book (38 pages) for Autism, Special education, Speech Therapy, ABA, TEACCH.This is an activity to practice identifying the attributes of what, the number, and the color of a group of items. There are 30 groups of items. The student will match the corresponding picture to answer the question - What? How Many? What Color? There are 2 ways to use this file:1. Print the pages and use them as a “cut and paste” activity. The students will use glue to paste the correct answers where necessary.2. Print all the pages on photo paper and laminate them. Cut out the pages containing the colors, numbers and picture. The last 4 pages will serve as boards for the types of answers (“what?”, “how many?”, “what color?”). Use Velcro on the back side of each card and in the middle of each blank square on the boards as well as on each square containing the questions. Thus the activity can be reused as many times as needed.This is a great matching activity for K and 1st gr and for students with autism.

By angiesiddd

Autism Awareness Activity Pack - Six Activities / Tasks

Autism Awareness Activity Pack - Six Activities / Tasks

This resource contains an autism awareness activity pack. It is an ideal resource for Autism Awareness Day / Week. The pack contains six activities.Sensory Sensitivity / OverloadThis activity begins with watching a short clip about sensory overload. There are two tasks that follow designed for pupils to experience sensory overload when attempting to complete tasks; one is more challenging than the other. Autism Discussion CardsThese contain 4 statements about autism designed to provoke discussion and to get the pupils to think about and develop their awareness of autism. They are not true or false statements and there are no right or wrong answers. Communication Difficulties ExerciseThis is a task designed to simulate the difficulties that many people with autism encounter when trying to communicate. Pupils take part in an activity in which they have to think very carefully about the words they use and what they are saying.What is autism? How Can I Help?Pupils watch a video about autism in which a young man explains 5 things he thinks people need to know about autism and 5 things people can do to help people with autism. Pupils are asked to discuss the five things that the person felt people needed to know about autism and five ways that people can help. Pupils then complete a worksheet. Autism AcrosticPupils complete an acrostic piece of writing using the word autism as a stimulus. Two acrostic autism posters are included to give the pupils some ideas. An autism acrostic template is also included.A lesson / assembly presentation on autism awareness is also available. Autism Awareness Lesson / Assembly Presentation This is a fully editable and interactive presentation on autism and Autism Awareness Day / Week. I had the privilege of teaching and working with many amazing young people on the autistic spectrum for twenty years. People with autism are often misunderstood. Hopefully, this presentation will help others to be more informed about, and more understanding of, autism.It includes sections on Social Communication Difficulties Social Interaction Difficulties Rigid Thought Processes Sensory Issues Repetitions and Rituals Obsessions Gifts and Talents Famous people With Autism / Asperger'sThere are hyperlinks to videos and clips about1. Sensory overload2. Autism3. Schools’ Awareness Week 4. A young person and his autism

By Krazikas

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Autism Awareness Bundle - Lesson / Assembly Presentation, Activity Pack, Set of 25 Autism Posters

Autism Awareness Bundle - Lesson / Assembly Presentation, Activity Pack, Set of 25 Autism Posters

This bundle contains a number of resources on autism awareness. It is an ideal resource for World Autism Day / Week. Purchased individually these resources would cost £11.23. Save money and buy the bundle for just £5.50. That's a massive saving of 51%! Autism Awareness Day / Week Lesson / Assembly Presentation This is a fully editable and interactive presentation which will help others to be more informed about, and more understanding of, autism. The presentation includes sections on - What is autism? Social Communication Difficulties. Social Interaction Difficulties. Rigid Thought Processes. Sensory Issues. Repetitions and Rituals. Obsessions. Gifts and Talents. Famous people With Autism / Asperger's. Simple Text Autism Awareness Day / Week Lesson / Assembly Presentation This is a simple text version of the above resource appropriate for younger pupils / older SEN students. Autism Awareness Activity Pack This resource contains an autism awareness activity pack. The pack contains six activities - Sensory Sensitivity / Overload This activity begins with watching a short clip about sensory overload. There are two tasks that follow designed for pupils to experience sensory overload when attempting to complete tasks; one is more challenging than the other. Autism Discussion Cards These contain 4 statements about autism designed to provoke discussion and to get the pupils to think about and develop their awareness of autism. They are not true or false statements and there are no right or wrong answers. Communication Difficulties Exercise This is a task designed to simulate the difficulties that many people with autism encounter when trying to communicate. Pupils take part in an activity in which they have to think very carefully about the words they use and what they are saying. What is autism? How Can I Help? Pupils watch a video about autism in which a young man explains 5 things he thinks people need to know about autism and 5 things people can do to help people with autism. Pupils are asked to discuss the five things that the person felt people needed to know about autism and five ways that people can help. Pupils then complete a worksheet. Autism Acrostic Pupils complete an acrostic piece of writing using the word autism as a stimulus. Two acrostic autism posters are included to give the pupils some ideas. An autism acrostic template is also included. Set of 25 Autism Awareness Posters A set of 25 colourful, eye-catching and thought-provoking posters which can be used for display or discussion purposes. For more inspiring educational resources visit Inspire and Educate Thinking of publishing your own resources or already an author and want to improve your resources and sales? Check out this 'must have' step by step guide. How to Become a Successful TES Author: Step by Step Guide To be kept informed of new resources click here and follow!

By Krazikas

Set of  25 Autism Awareness Posters - Ideal for Autism Awareness Day / Week

Set of 25 Autism Awareness Posters - Ideal for Autism Awareness Day / Week

This resource contains a set of 25 autism awareness posters. These are ideal for Autism Awareness Day / Week and can be used for display or discussion purposes.Further Autism ResourcesAutism Awareness Lesson / Assembly Presentation This resource contains a fully editable and interactive lesson / assembly presentation on autism and Autism Awareness Day (2nd April) and Autism Awareness Week. I had the privilege of teaching and working with many amazing young people on the autistic spectrum for twenty years. People with autism are often misunderstood. Hopefully, this presentation will help others to be more informed about, and more understanding of, autism.The presentation includes sections on What is autism? Signs of autism Social Communication Difficulties Social Interaction Difficulties Rigid Thought Processes Sensory Issues Repetitions and Rituals Obsessions Gifts and Talents Famous people With Autism / Asperger'sThere are hyperlinks to1. A video which shows what it is like to experience sensory overload.2. A short video on autism.3. A short video about Schools’ Awareness Week by the National Autistic Society.4. A video produced by a young person with autism who talks about five things he thinks it is important that people know about autism and five ways you can help him.For more inspiring educational resources visit Inspire and EducateThinking of publishing your own resources or already an author and want to improve your resources and sales? Check out this 'must have' step by step guide.How to Become a Successful TES Author: Step by Step GuideTo be kept informed of new resources click here and follow!

By Krazikas

Autism Awareness Simple Text Lesson / Assembly Presentation - 106 Slides

Autism Awareness Simple Text Lesson / Assembly Presentation - 106 Slides

This resource contains a SIMPLE TEXT, fully editable and interactive lesson/assembly presentation on autism and Autism Awareness Day (2nd April) and Autism Awareness Week. I had the privilege of teaching and working with many amazing young people on the autistic spectrum for twenty years. People with autism are often misunderstood. Hopefully, this presentation will help others to be more informed about, and more understanding of, autism.The presentation includes sections on What is autism? Signs of autism Social Communication Difficulties Social Interaction Difficulties Rigid Thought Processes Sensory Issues Repetitions and Rituals Obsessions Gifts and Talents Famous people With Autism / Asperger'sThere are hyperlinks to1. A video which shows what it is like to experience sensory overload.2. A short video on autism.3. A short video about Schools’ Awareness Week by the National Autistic Society.4. A video produced by a young person with autism who talks about five things he thinks it is important that people know about autism and five ways you can help him.A more detailed version of this presentation, more appropriate for older students, is also available.Autism Awareness Lesson / Assembly PresentationSet of 25 Autism Awareness Posters Autism Awareness Activity PackFor more inspiring educational resources visit Inspire and EducateThinking of publishing your own resources or already an author and want to improve your resources and sales? Check out this 'must have' step by step guide.How to Become a Successful TES Author: Step by Step Guide

By Krazikas

Professional Development Training: Memory Techniques for ADHD Students

Professional Development Training: Memory Techniques for ADHD Students

Working memory is part of our executive function and if often referred to as our “mental workspace” where information is stored and used for a short time i.e. a few seconds. It’s that place where we store a phone number, an address, an email address, etc.If a student is not able to retain the information needed to solve the problem, then the student is unable to complete the task and, of course, does not feel good about it at all.What is language processing? Several parts of language are very difficult for children with ADHD to make sense of and use successfully on a daily basis. Syntax is the set of rules of oral and written grammar. Semantics are the word meanings that influence oral and written grammar. Finally, pragmatics is the social use of language to convey thoughts and humor. The following thirty-three presentation and training slides are an explanation of many different memory techniques and strategies that can be modeled and used successfully with students with characteristics of ADHD to help improve his/her/their working memory deficits. This training can be used in a focused faculty meeting, an all-day professional development session, and/or a small group professional learning community. As well, this training can be given to parents to allow them to help their children at home more successfully when studying with them or helping with homework!

By MissAlaneious

Visual Timetable Cards (Updated)

Visual Timetable Cards (Updated)

A set of cards to make a visual timetable covering most things you do in school!!!!. These have been updated to include golden time, swimming, register clubs, tidy up time, trip, quiet reading and more as suggested. (Aug 07 - Thanks for all your comments - I may get around to making the adjustments suggested at some point - keep passing them on…. I can’t wait to walk into someone else’s classroom and see my cards!!)

By wonreka1

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Spelling CVC Words

Spelling CVC Words

Spelling CVC Words- Autism & Special Needs- great for K and students with special needs.There are 34 cards containing real life pictures on prompting word boards.The pages must be printed on photo paper, laminated and cut out. You`ll get 2 sets of letters- uppercase and lowercase. Use some velcro in the middle of each blank square and on the back side of each letter.The words included are: bag, pan, fan, bed, dog, cup, car, hat, cap, pen, fox, jug, jar, nut, vet, pig, hen, cat, jam, six, bat, bus, web, can, rat, man, map, ham, ten, bug, pot, red, box, zip, fig.

By angiesiddd

Halving and Doubling Small Numbers

Halving and Doubling Small Numbers

These PowerPoint presentations are designed to introduce the concepts and vocabulary of halving even numbers to 10 by either splitting or sharing the set. The splitting PP also looks at what happens when you try to split an odd number. The doubling PP covers doubling numbers up to 10 by combining two identical sets to find a total. Thanks to Silver Lining Multimedia for permission to use their images which remain copyright.

By trogfoot

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SENCO Toolkit

SENCO Toolkit

Includes:Assess, Plan, Do, Review CycleFocused feedback forms x 3Intervention tiersPupil Passports templateStudent support booklet templateLearning Walk proformaStudent observation sheet

By schandler1

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Feedback forms (staff)

Feedback forms (staff)

Ideal to use together information on students for meetings with parents. Staff are also able to complete to report concerns on a student to the SENCO/HOY/DoL/AH

By schandler1

The Very Hungry caterpillar

The Very Hungry caterpillar

Interactive story (powerpoint) of the very hungry caterpillar, using photos. A selection of visual resources to accompany story (a good alternative to sparkleboxes). Various types, duplicates in different styles for your choice.

By Ibuzzybea

Basic Letter Formation for the IWB (Sassoon Infant font)

Basic Letter Formation for the IWB (Sassoon Infant font)

A presentation with animations of letter formation. Letters can be repeated as often as necessary and chosen in random order via action buttons. Small animation of initial sound object/word to match each letter (x is represented by end sound: box and fox). This will work even if you do not have the Sassoon font installed as the letters/writing have been converted into jpegs. The second presentation has a long f and looped k for those who would like an alternative.

By bevevans22

Widgit Symbols for Visual Timetables

Widgit Symbols for Visual Timetables

A large set of Widgit Symbols (54 in all) to print off and use for visual timetables. Includes nearly all subject areas and specialist therapies that could take place from Key stage 2 upwards. 9 portrait format cards per A4 page, Comic Sans Font.

By bevevans22

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Learning Concerns - Teacher concern/referral/feedback form

Learning Concerns - Teacher concern/referral/feedback form

A handy resource I have created and made available to teaching staff in my setting. They can use this to highlight where a student is struggling with their learning and hand to the SENCO to look into further.Makes it easier to collate information on particular pupils if concerns are raised.Creates an easy way of contacting the SENCO/Inclusion Manager/Year heads - rather than being told things in passing whilst walking down a corridor!!

By schandler1

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Primary School Special Educational Needs

Primary School Special Educational Needs

This resource is in a powerpoint format. The purpose of this powerpoint is to showcase best practice of Special educational needs within a primary school.This powerpoint is a scaffold for teachers to use -there are gaps in the powerpoint to add your own pictures , the name of the school and emblem of the school. This can be used to show external profesionals and share with school to showcase SEN in the school.30 + slides includedThe key sections are the changes in SEN and the Code of Practice, different stages of SEN, daily support for SEN pupils, interventions and provisions in place and support for statemented children.

By sparkle1978

Let's Make Letters - Cursive letter formation for IWB

Let's Make Letters - Cursive letter formation for IWB

A presentation with animations of cursive letter formation. Letters can be repeated as often as necessary and chosen in random order via action buttons. Small animation of initial sound object/word to match each letter (x is represented by end sound: box and fox). This will work even if you do not have the cursive fault installed as the letters/writing have been converted into jpegs. 2 choices to download - one with the letters resting on a line, one without.

By bevevans22

Sensory recipes and activities

Sensory recipes and activities

A collection of free recipes, activities and ideas collected over a number of years from the internet. These remain the intellectual property of their creators and may not be sold in any way, shape or form.

By te4chr

People who help us, photo/ symbol cards how do they help

People who help us, photo/ symbol cards how do they help

Photos of 12 people who help us supported with symbols, matching cards with photos/ symbols of situations in which the people can help. Use to make flip books, pairs, lotto, matching or as a basis for discussion. Print and laminate, it is is powerpoint due to easy production. Be aware of the photo that matches the paramedics although not graffic may scare without support.

By Ibuzzybea

Dinosaur Alphabet Practice Cards

Dinosaur Alphabet Practice Cards

A5 pdf file: just print and laminate to use with a dry wipe marker. Sassoon Infant Dotted Font throughout, with a choice of styles for f and k. Vowels bordered in red, consonants in blue. Developed with boys in mind. Realistic dinosaur pictures rather than clip art or cartoons

By bevevans22