October 18, 2017

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Natural Reader and other free text-to-speech tools

I’ve been working on gathering resources on for our new Emerging Literacies course and wanted to share some of the resources/app lists I’ve gathered for learners with special needs. Among the tools I am discovering are a few free resources for supporting text-to-speech. These resources are so handy for struggling readers, for ESL students, for […]

Tired of Fidget Spinners? Embrace Them As Teaching Tools, Not Just Toys

Librarian Christina Keasler advises educators to embrace the recent fidget spinner craze—and incorporate them into lesson plans and summer activities.

Digital Comics Boosting Skills of Students with Special Needs

Educators are turning to an old kid favorite in a new form to boost challenged learners’ interest and skills in reading and writing.

Snapchatting “The Odyssey”: An Epic Success

A librarian-teacher team figure out how to get a group of reluctant learners excited about a required project on Homer’s epic poem: Snapchat.

A Dream Library for Students with Special Needs | Take the Lead

A principal of a school for students with multiple disabilities spearheaded superb library services.

How Librarians Help Kids With ADHD Thrive

Students with this special need can require more attention in school, including in the library. Here’s how media specialists are guiding them to stay on task, and succeed.

Talking Shop About Special Needs and Inclusive Services | 2015 ALA Midwinter

At ALA Midwinter, Massachusetts librarian Ashley Waring held court at the Networking Uncommons to discuss special needs and inclusive services—from what to offer outside of sensory storytime to how to measure your program’s success.

The Illusion of “Normal” | SLJ Chats with Cammie McGovern About ‘Say What You Will’

Cammie McGovern aims to fill a gap in young adult literature with Say What You Will—featuring complicated, fleshed out characters with disabilities who live, fall in love, and make mistakes just like anyone else. She talks with SLJ about her inspiration for the novel, diversity in YA lit, and what she’s working on next.