Teacher Toolbox


Children diagnosed with special needs display a range of strengths and challenges when using and understanding language in the classroom.

Strengths Challenges
Telling about events Stating conclusions
Describing events, objects, people Responding to questions that require inferences, deductions, and cause and effect
Responding to concrete questions Maintaining the thread of a discussion
Conversing during predictable situations Synthesizing the quickness of the verbal presentation with the visual intake
Taking turns during exchanges Struggling to interpret the subtle intonations and the nuances in language, such as a louder tone emphasizing the importance of a topic
Conversing in small groups or one-to-one Maintaining exchanges in large group settings