Differentiated Materials and Programs – All Subjects

For more differentiated and adapted curriculum see also:

Assistive Technology
Adapted Learning Resources
Learning Online
Learning Charts, Templates and Tricks for Math, Science & Language Arts


Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL)
Stanley Greenspan and Serena Weider’s Floor Time program for children on the Autism Spectrum, based on specific theories about learning differences and engaging the atypical learner appropriately.

Angelfire Autism Education materials

Autism Learn
Uses visual learning techniques with sorting, matching, and other visual spatial tasks for basic learning skills in alphabet, number, money, colors, shapes, sizes, seasons, direction, fine motor,  and visual discrimination.

Children’s Hospital of Boston Autism Program – Learning Products
Offers computer learning products for purchase such as VIP (Visual Immersion Program) which uses video modeling lessons which the student watches and then imitates, Puddimgstone Place software program which activates sounds, motions, uses, and naming of objects within the animated house, and Learning Together with Music, which teaches basic language and communications skills through music.

MouseTrial Autism Software List
Collection of links to publishers, developers and distributors of software that may be useful for children with Autism. Some programs are specifically for autism while others are more general educational or special-needs titles that have been used with autistic children.

Visual Suite DVD – Mayer-Johnson
Uses easy to access photographs for use in learning tasks, schedules, communication tasks, and daily living.  ”Contains over 15,000 distraction-free images from the following photo CDs: Picture This Professional, Visual Essentials, Visual Foods and Places You Go, Things You Do. Want even more photos? You’ll find a bonus section with over 700 photos from various categories including behavioral and living skills.”

Zac Browser
Zac Browser is a free software package developed for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Offers software that allows your child to access games and activities, along with videos (that allow a stimulating experience and encourage children to talk).


Academic Therapy Website and Catalog
Books, materials, for children with various special needs, including High-Low readers

Balance Therapy based on the theory that balance and integration of other brain functions play a role in learning and related disabilities such as ADD/ADHD, CAPD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and other academic issues.

Boardmaker Products
Communication software for students with language disabilities, including autism, that allows parent or teacher to customize lessons with print, images and audio and to create communication boards with symbols and images that can be printed out or used on the computer as a communication device that students can click on or point to in order to express their needs and ideas.

Bookshare® is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities, offering accessibility of books and periodicals to people with print disabilities through a searchable online library. Bookshare offers approximately 90,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools for readers of all ages.

Brain Fitness Games
Cognitive program stimulates attention, language, memory, visual-spatial and executive function skills.  Offers free trial of games and subscription to all games.

Child First Publications
Click here to see their categories of products for the right-brain learner
Offers ‘snap words’  and beginning math and reading products that use images imbedded in letters and numbers.

Classroom Suite and Intellitools
Computer program (Classroom Suite) with Intellitools and Activity Exchange activities geared toward students with disabilities such as blindness, Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and other learning or developmental disabilities that require multi-sensory and differentiated curriculum or assistive technology to learn. Can be purchased for classroom or home learning. Offers all academic subject areas.

Do 2 Learn
Offers games, songs, communication cards, print resources and information for special needs, (especially for developmental disabilities and autism spectrum children) as well as email newsletter and products for sale. Free and subscription services.

Don Johnston, Inc.
Sells assistive technology programs for reading, writing, math, autism, and other categories, including core reader texts (computer, book, and/or tape combos) for science and social studies topics. PHP has a bulk discount from this company.

EPS Educators Publishing Service
Programs and products for educational intervention.

Homeschool Diner – Audio/Visual Learning Materials
List of products and materials for audio-visual learners, most of which are inexpensive videos, online streaming, and computer learning, which can be used at home, while in the car, or online.

Loads of useful types of free downloadable specialty graph paper which can be used for those with writing disabilities or or for help with organization and comprehension by use of these as templates.

Interchange by Cambridge App
Use this as an I-Phone app or use online practice by chapter and topic to learn and use basic English phrases, common words, as well as ‘test’ yourself by clicking on an audio button and selecting the correct image.

Comprehensive computer technology that allows K-6 and special needs students to learn, write, and do math, with visual icons and mind maps

Kurzweil Education Systems
“Comprehensive reading, writing and learning software for individuals with learning difficulties, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder or English Language Learners (ELL), which reads and ‘adapts’ most texts, including print, electronic, and Web-based documents.”

Learning Abled Kids
This website has information, curriculum resources, and tools to help you teach your bright child with learning issues at home or school. You’ll find information about reading disabilities, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), ADD, ADHD, and homeschool curriculum.

Programs and products for language-related disorders and other learning disabilities.

I-Phone application to help facilitate communication through pictures, audio, and social stories tutorials, for people with communication disorders

National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials
Offers educators, parents and others information a list of, and how to  implement, accessible materials for classroom and home learning.

Pete’s Powerpoint Station
Extensive collection of powerpoint materials created by teachers and others on school subjects and other areas of interest for very young learners to high school and college students.

Pics 4 Learning
Comprehensive sections of photos which have been donated for teachers free use for learners who need visuals.

Extensive easy to use downloadable library  of pictograms (icons) for use with learners and readers who need a visual augmentation to understand what is written or to stand alone as communication.  Other programs and links for programs to use with the pictograms.

Riverdeep by Edmark (‘House’ Series)
Computer software and print versions for Basic and differentiated curriculum in Math, Vocabulary, Reading, and other subjects.  Also offers switch and ‘Visual Voice’ software and tools.

Scholastic – Rookie Read-About Series Books
Click here or search Scholastic for Rookie Read About here
Lists of easy reading, nicely illustrated books about social studies, science, and other academic or basic / daily life subjects, which can be ordered on this site or other book sources.
Good for language learners, autistic students and beginning readers.

Sensory Smarts
Find products to help with Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Handwriting, Sensory Environment, Sensory Soothing, and other sensory issues.

Slater Software
Offers ‘picture-assisted literacy’ through the Picture It, Pix-Writer and other programs to help parents and teachers prepare  lessons, text material and other communication materials for classroom or home.  Text is accompanied by colored icons and/or photographic images for
visual ease of comprehension.

SEN Teacher Special Needs Teaching Resources
Free downloadable printables (selection of worksheets, handouts and customizeable teaching aids) Links to specially selected websites (with information and sources of cost-free learning resources and software) Files Page (lists free educational software for teachers and parents of special needs students) and Search Tools (Google search engines to locate free resources and information.)

SEN customizable and printable picture communication cards

Study Guides and Strategies
‘Learning to Learn’ offers all kinds of topics to help learners, including such things as learning issues, organizing, studying, learning with others, classroom learning, research, writing, preparing and taking tests, active listening and much more.

Teen Biz
Offers online subscription-based differentiated reading and writing instruction solution for grades 6-12.  Current events, social studies, and science topics in a magazine style reading, with vocabulary links, writing assignments, mini-quizzes, and more – all with the ability of the user to select their reading level. The particular selection is then adjusted up or down in the amount of text, vocabulary used, and reading difficulty levels.

Tel-A- Vision
Students with Disabilities or are ‘at-risk’ create movies about themselves in classroom, workshop, or home programs using a multimedia software program (modified for special education students but usable by all students) and then share these movies online or through email in order to inspire other students.  Lesson plans are included with the purchase of the program.

Therapy Street – for Kids
Find information and activities for occupational therapists as well as parents, who can use these basic developmental tasks in bilateral coordination, fine motor strength, upper body strength, crossing midline, and other hand/eye coordination skills to help children.

Vizzle – Software for Visual Learners
Use their extensive library of images and shared lessons in all subjects to create or teach students who are visual learners, (autistic, language or learning disabled, or those who learn best with images to support their learning.) Subscriptions available to individuals or schools to use the program materials.

Therapy Shoppe
Offers specialty products for use by educational, speech, and occupational therapists, as well as parents. Sells items for fine motor, gross motor, sensory defensiveness and integration, speech and social skills, and more.

Watch Know
Currently has links to over 20,000 educational videos that have been suggested by educators and then reviewed, approved, and organized into a directory of over 3,000 categories.  The videos cover all major educational topics from elementary to secondary schools.  Videos are available without any registration and are claimed to be ‘Kidsafe.’  {Parents should monitor viewing of any online site with images.}


The Brain
Use this program to help you record, organize and instantly locate ideas and communications, as well as to use them for creative projects.

Play brain games for attention, memory, and speed

Memory Games and Exercises (to increase visual or auditory memory)

Mnemonic Devices (Memory Tricks for Learning)
(create your own with this) http://human-factors.arc.nasa.gov/cognition/tutorials/mnemonics/index.html
(peg word memory system) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mnemonic_peg_system