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Sensory rooms not only help students with special needs feel more comfortable and empowered in the classroom, they may also keep them in their neighborhood schools, according to K12 administrators.

TIENET Special Education Case Management System allows administrators to manage the entire special education process, including pre-referral, eligibility, reporting to parents and personalized education programs. It also supports Medicaid billing and ensures compliance with state and federal regulations, including the IDEA 2004 reauthorization and No Child Left Behind.

Year: 
2014

The Study Buddy handheld, personalized learning device is commonly used in before- and after-school programs. It’s also ideal for ELL and RTI programs. It has a 5-inch touch screen and a USB connection for exporting data. Software cartridges provide various lessons in English, Spanish, math, reading, writing and vocabulary. The new Study Buddy Gradebook program allows scores to be imported to a teacher’s computer to print report cards.

Year: 
2014

GoClaim’s dashboard helps districts increase Medicaid reimbursements and deliver special education services. Users can gain insight into their special education populations with customizable key performance indicators including service activity, monthly progress reports and student eligibility. GoClaim also manages and backs up data, giving administrators support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Year: 
2014

This web-based tool lets educators create fun, interactive, visually-supported lesson plans for children with autism and other learning challenges. VizZle provides templates and thousands of images, videos, and audio clips. Teachers also can choose from thousands of pre-made lessons.

Year: 
2013

With TIENET’s case management system, administrators can manage all aspects of special education and stay in compliance with state and federal regulations. The program can monitor student pre-referral and eligibility, and also send reports to parents, manage 504 plans, and support Medicaid billing.

Year: 
2013

As an Universal Design for Learning assistive technology, Kurzweil 3000 is a text-to-speech program with a suite of reading, writing, test-taking, and study skills tools that makes curricula accessible to all students. It’s appropriate for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and dysgraphia, and also for English-language learners.

Year: 
2013

The eStar Response to Intervention (RTI) application helps educators organize the information they need to evaluate and support students who are struggling academically or behaviorally. Districts can document strategies set to prevent students from being referred to special education, and share information with all staff members involved in the process. eStar RTI meets No Child Left Behind and Civil Rights Act requirements.

Year: 
2013

The web-based SEAS Education system allows district administrators to manage their special-needs programs while cutting down on paperwork. Administrators can digitally demonstrate accountability with timeline compliance, Medicaid billing, IEP forms, and assessment report management.

Year: 
2013

A human-like robot that can mimic emotions and play interactive games can help students with autism develop social skills.

Aldebaran Robotics’ “ASK NAO” robot, which is about two feet tall, mimics an emotion with gestures and sounds, and waits for children to recognize the emotion. It may then ask children the last time they experienced such an emotion. It also can teach autistic children time, taking turns, basic conversation, and other communication skills.

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