Curriculum Ideas

Curriculum for students with special needs:

Each of these curriculums are research-based, quality curriculum designed specifically for students with significant disabilities.


  • VizZle:
    • Initially developed for students on the Autism Spectrum, VizZle has also been found to be beneficial  for many different types of unique learners, including DCD. VizZle also has a free app that goes along with the site license. All of our districts have site lecenses for VizZle. If you need assistance accessing it in your district, please contact Mary Olson or May Jo Boehning
    • http://www.monarchteachtech.com/vizzle/
  • STAR and LINKS Curriculum:
    • STAR:
      • Uses the ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) instructional methods of discrete trial training, pivotal response training and teaching functional routines form the instructional base of this comprehensive program for children with autism. The STAR Program includes detailed lesson plans, teaching materials, data systems and a curriculum-based assessment for teaching in the six curricular areas of receptive language, expressive language, spontaneous language, functional routines, academics, and play & social skills.
      • http://starautismsupport.com/star-autism-program
    • LINKS:
      • Links is a comprehensive curriculum designed to promote student independence in natural environments. The Links online system utilizes a curriculum-based assessment to individualize routines for every student.  The Links school and community lesson plans provide the user with the tools necessary to teach both individual skills and independence in daily routines.
      • http://starautismsupport.com/Links_online
  • ATTAINMENT:
    • The Early Literacy Skills Builder program incorporates systematic instruction to teach both print and phonemic awareness. ELSB is a multi-year program with seven distinct levels and ongoing assessments so students progress at their own pace. The Early Reading Skills Builder (ERSB) is a multi-year reading program that addresses the five components of effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. Early Science Curriculum uses the research-based inquiry process to teach basic science content to elementary students with significant developmental disabilities, including autism. The content is aligned to general education standards and taught systematically by incorporating scripted lessons, least intrusive prompt strategies, teachable objectives, and ongoing assessments. The researched-based Early Numeracy Curriculum teaches early developing numeracy skills to elementary students with significant developmental disabilities, including autism. Its primary objective is to lay the foundation for later math instruction by stressing fluency in number sense. It begins with counting with one-to-correspondence and progresses to more complex skills like using sets for addition and creating ABAB patterns. Lessons are taught systematically incorporating scripted lessons, least intrusive prompt strategies, teachable objectives, and ongoing assessments.
    • Attainment Company has similar curriculum areas suitable for older students also. River Bend has a sample copy of this curriculum available for teachers to view. Please contact Mary Jo Boehning to request from lending library.
    • http://www.attainmentcompany.com
  • TASKS GALORE
    • Has a variety of Tasks Galore books: for out in the community, working with literature, play with peers, etc. Tasks Galore takes a look at developing tasks that address skills across curriculum areas. Task ideas are presented within the following categories:
      • Fine Motor Skills: Pre-writing, writing, and computer skills
      • Readiness: Matching and sorting skills
      • Language Arts: Book, print and phonemic awareness, decoding and word recognition, comprehension, and vocabulary
      • Math: Number sense, numeration, and numerical operations, spatial sense, measurement, patterns, relationships and functions
      • Reasoning: Concepts as relate to the student’s environment: exploring materials, making predictions, generating attributes and using common objects
      • Play: Art, music, manipulatives, games and independent play
      • http://www.tasksgalore.com/index.html
  • First Author:
    • by Don Johnston, is based on the research of Dr. David Koppenhaver and Dr. Karen Erickson, both leaders in the field of literacy for students with significant disabilities.  one of their webinars is archived on the link given.
    • http://donjohnston.com/firstauthorsoftware/#.U3OJmF7o0gc
  • Kansas Strategies:  
    • Research based and utilizes direct instruction for teaching a variety of strategies for students to use. Some strategies addressed are: Reading strategies from word identification to   paraphrasing, Strategies for studying & remembering information, for writing, for improving assignment & test performance, for effectively interacting with others, Self-Advocacy, motivation, and math from addition facts to place value.
  • A learning strategy is a person's approach to learning and using information. Students who do not know or use good learning strategies often learn passively and ultimately fail in school. Learning strategy instruction focuses on making the students more active learners by teaching them how to learn and how to use what they have learned to solve problems and be successful.
  • http://www.ku-crl.org/sim/strategies.shtml
  • UDL Toolkit: