Online Resources for Families and Educators of Students with Special Needs

In the spirit of learning and supporting families of students with special needs during this unexpected pause in the school year, Cotting School educators have been working (remotely) to communicate with families of our students to facilitate enrichment and continued learning.

Teams at Cotting School have also assembled a top-notch list of online resources to share widely. Take a look at the list below, share this post with a friend or colleague, and hey – let’s collaborate! If you know of a resource we should add, let us know. We will be updating links regularly over the next few weeks.

We look forward to having Cotting School students together at school again very soon, for a strong finish to what has been an amazing year of learning!

Activity Ideas
20 educational games and activities kids can do with access to an “Alexa” device.
Animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games.
Accessible literacy activity ideas organized and themed by month.
Daily writing prompts.
Over 30 virtual field trips with links.
Practice some magic tricks.
Shark themed information and daily Facebook story hour.
Storytellers from Rooted In Rights.

Animal Viewings
Fiona the Hippo through the Cincinnati Zoo.
TinyKittens Rescue Livestream.
Livestream of Various Animals.

Art
Art and drawing lovers daily drawing challenge.
Cotting School Art with Mrs. Trolan at home. Session 1.
Lunch doodle with Mo Willems.

Books
Audible Stories. Free stories for kids of all ages.
A library of story books read aloud by celebrities.
Epic! books online.
Abdo Nonfiction Book Network.

Communication (AAC)
Getting started with AAC.
Incorporating AAC and core vocabulary.
Language opportunities for using AAC at home.
PRC-Saltillo is making communication at home a little easier with deep discounts on two industry-leading iOS apps: TouchChat and LAMP Words for Life.
Tips on communicating with an AAC device at home.

Disability Awareness
11 YouTubers with disabilities that will make you laugh, think, and learn.
Top 10 podcasts about disability.

Educational Resources for Enrichment and Distance Learning
Council for Exceptional Children has shared a resource page for enrichment resources.
Khan Academy resources for students, educators, and parents.
Massachusetts Department of Education has shared a massive list of free resources assembled by educators from across the State.
Mystery Science.
News content from Newsela.
PBS Learning Media free interactive lessons. 
Scholastic news.
WGBH Distance Learning Center.

Equipment Rental
Waypoint Adventure’s wheelchair rental program.

Free Subscriptions
A list of companies making their subscriptions free for a period of time.

Independent Living
A checklist for building independent living skills.
Life skills activity download.

Mindfulness and Movement
Cosmic Kids Yoga.
Cotting School Adaptive Gym Classes with Mr. Cuddy. Session 1, Session 2, Session 3, and Session 4.
Movement and mindfulness with GoNoodle.
Participate in an adaptive gym class.
Rainbow breathing.
Relaxed breathing training.
Remote yoga sessions from Eve Costarelli at Always Be Moving: The Art of Movement for Every Body.
Spaulding Adaptive Sports is going VIRTUAL.
Special Olympics of MA live stream fitness classes every Wednesday at 3pm. 
Stop, breathe, think.
The Calm Classroom on Instagram.
Yoga though Scholastic and Alo Yoga.

Movies and Documentaries
10 Documentaries to Watch with Kids.
Boston’s ReelAbilities Film Fest will will be streaming all of their film screenings online for free through March and April.
From Zeno Mountain Farm, A library of films created by, produced, and acted by people with disabilities.

Museums
Museum of disABILITY Resources.
Several museums offering free, online virtual tours.
The DeCordova Museum’s outdoor sculpture park in Lincoln, MA is open, admission-free, to the public.

Occupational Therapy
Browse OT activity ideas by category or by age.
Ideas for OT using items you may have at home.
Promoting fine motor skills.
So many OT activity ideas. Pick a skill area and explore.

Online Access Assistance
Free or reduced online internet access resources.

Performing Arts
15 Broadway plays you can watch from home.
Metropolitan Opera Nightly Opera Livestream. 
Center for Puppetry Livestream Performances.

Stress Management
Managing Stress in Stressful Times.
5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety about the Coronavirus.

Transition
Supporting Transition-aged Individuals During COVID-19 Changes.

Virtual Trips and Tours
Disney
National Parks
New England Aquarium

Work Skills
Skill-building tasks to do at home.

 

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