Diverse Learners: Additional Supports
This page is intended to help support students in accessing online learning. Students and families can select resources to explore and learn from in supporting their continued education. The suggested activities and resources in this guide do not replace the experience of being in school and are not intended to continue the school year at home. Students can select resources to explore and learn from while they are at home, based on their grade level, current courses, and interests.
On this page, you will find helpful tips and tools for a variety of learning styles and specialized needs. To supplement resources shared elsewhere on this site, the Additional Support page highlights tools for students in special education, who require accommodations, as well as those who are English Learners. While these tools may be designed for specific needs, they may help any student.
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Talking to Students with Special Needs about COVID-19
Resources for Parents
Learning at Home
Chromebook Accessibility Features
Reading & Writing Supports
Access to eBooks, Audiobooks
Organization Tips and Tools
More Technology Tools for Diverse Learners
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In addition to this Social Story about the Corona Virus, there are many more visual supports for explaining topics related to COVID-19. These are gathered from the public from a variety of sources, so we strongly encourage parents and guardians to select those most appropriate for each student. In speaking with your students about COVID-19, you may also wish to review these mental health resources.
Due to our current situation, our counselors and psychologists want to make sure families have the information and resources they need to support their student’s mental health. Here are three key resources to supplement social emotional learning for any student:
- Child Mind Institute: Supporting Families During COVID-19 with Resources for Kids, Anxiety, Mindfulness and Self-Care (multimedia)
- 'Choose Love’ Lessons For Parents and Children: Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness, Compassion & Action (recorded webinars)
- While You Are Home Lessons: Empathy, Attention, I Messages, Feels & Colors, Perspectives, Worries & Paraphrasing (YouTube videos)
There are overwhelming amount of resources for parents. Our hope is to provide parents with a few quality resources that they may find helpful or to start the conversation with their child's case manager on their needed resources. These resources are appropriate across the age and disability categories unless noted otherwise.
Health and Safety
How to Teach Your Child to Wear a Mask (English, ASL, CC)
Covid Testing Social Story (Please ask your Case Manager for other versions of this story (e.g., nasal test, testing at clinic, etc)
Video: How to Help your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Similar Needs Learn at Home During Covid-19 - 5 Easy Strategies (~22min)
How can I make my Chromebook ...
- read aloud to me? Use Read&Write for Chrome or the built-in accessibility feature of Select-to-Speak.
- type with my voice? Use dictation or voice typing in Docs.
- easier to see? Use keyboard shortcuts and other tips to zoom.
Need to accommodate for other reasons? Don't miss the Chromebook Accessibility Guide.
Read&Write for Google Chrome
Try this add-on (extension) for the Chrome web browser, which provides a variety of reading and writing supports, like having the computer read text aloud with highlighting as reads. This works on websites, Docs, and more!
Students must log into their Edmonds Chrome account to access these tools.
Click here to add Co:Writer to Chrome
Another Chrome add-on that provides writing support, Co:Writer is for word prediction, with topic dictionaries and custom features. Works throughout the web, with Google Docs, Gmail, and more.
For students supported by Title 1/LAP Programs, this simple word list can be used by families to practice phonological awareness.
Overview in Spanish (video) - Resumen en Español
Feature Demonstrations in Spanish (video) -Demostraciones de Funciones en Español
Quick Guide to Read&Write Tools - en Español
These tools are specifically for students who require accommodations to access books.
Many of the resources shared on the Elementary page can be used in creative ways for improved access by students with specific needs.
Tips for reading at home for parents & caregivers of kids with complex needs.
A website to improve English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.
Access through Clever.
Tools and strategies to keep you and your student organized while learning at home.
Children who are not yet using verbal language, or who need visual support for their language, may need augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) supports (such as pictures, signs, gestures) to communicate their thoughts and feelings, and to understand what adults are saying to them. Here are some tools you can use to keep talking at home!
CORE words (see right) are a small set of highly useful words that make up most of what we say. CORE boards, with symbols for CORE words, are a great way to interact with your child using picture communication symbols. If your child uses a CORE board, here's one that's made just for parents in Edmonds! Print and use it along with the guides below.
CORE vocabulary is the name for the most common words used in English. These words are what we call "CORE words" or "CORE vocabulary." Within CORE words are about 40 words are the most useful for beginning communicators. These words are included in CORE vocabulary boards, and are the first CORE words taught to students learning AAC.
A one-page handout of common accommodations using readily available tools.