SELF-STUDY: Supporting Special Needs in the Classroom (10 hours)

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“This course is an excellent overview of extremely complex student issues faced by all of us in the teaching profession today.”

Welcome to this dual course aimed to help you understand more about supporting special needs in the classroom. This dual course consists of the following 5 hour courses:

  • Recognition of Early-onset Mental Health Disorders in Children & Adolescents
  • Understanding ADHD

Through this dual online PD course, explore classroom modifications and adaptations to maintain order, discover methods for communicating more clearly with special educators and parents about their children, and gain confidence in successfully teaching students who are energetic, hyperactive or have difficulty paying attention.

As educators and parents, we are often, by default, among the first people to notice that a child may be experiencing problems. To equip teachers for such scenarios, the first section, presents a basic understanding of warning signs of early-onset mental illness in children and adolescents which is useful to professional teaching and learning as it strengthens teacher-parent communications. Topics covered in this course include an overview of mental illness, parent and teacher responsibilities, as well as a range of specific disorders like Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Schizophrenia. The information in this section provides an understanding of each disorder as well as key warning signs for early-onset mental illness in children and adolescents.

The second section, the focus is on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder or ADHD which is seen commonly in today’s classroom. Children with this condition are restless, find it difficult to sit, are very impulsive and have a very short attention span. On the other hand, they are also very intelligent and creative. These energetic students can often disrupt a classroom, if misunderstood. Thus, it becomes crucial for teachers to understand what this condition is and learn strategies to teach a child with ADHD. This section provides teachers with a variety of tips, adaptations and strategies to use while working in the classroom.


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31 Reviews of “SELF-STUDY: Supporting Special Needs in the Classroom (10 hours)”:
  1. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    I found this course very valuable and effective. It helped clear a lot of questions I had about two of my students, and also helped me to better understand how to help them. Thank you! Seema I.

  2. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    Really appreciate the practical application of these classes to teaching. Bethany G.

  3. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    Very interesting. Collen C.

  4. LoriBeth T says:
    Five Stars

    This course on ADHD was very interesting.

  5. Amanuel T says:
    Five Stars

    I'll take additional courses.

  6. Andrew P. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you much! This course on ADHD, in my opinion, may have been the best one yet. Very informative and very clear an too the point concerning information.

  7. Rachael H. says:
    Five Stars


  8. Vanessa C. says:
    Five Stars

    The customer service representative was extremely responsive and kind as she guided me through the online registration process, which was giving me fits! Thank you. It was nice to complete the coursework online, in the comfort of my living room.

  9. Angela D. says:
    Five Stars

    Great class very informative.

  10. Melissa J. says:
    Five Stars

    Love utilizing the Professional Learning Board! I recommend it to others all the time!

  11. Wanda G. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you for this site! I needed 4.5 hours and this site made it easy and convenient!

  12. Rosa E. says:
    Five Stars

    I really enjoyed this course, ""Understanding ADHD"". Times have changed and there are many new things to help ADHD students. I really got a very good update in this subject.

  13. Lauren E. says:
    Five Stars

    Great class!

  14. Christine K. says:
    Five Stars

    Well worth my time.

  15. Denise L. says:
    Five Stars

    Very informative.

  16. Heather A. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you for this opportunity; really relevant material and excellent skill ideas to assist the teacher with ADHD children in the classroom.

  17. Thomas B. says:
    Five Stars

    This was a well-organized and informative lesson. It was interesting to complete, and I know that I will use the ideas to help my students with ADHD issues have a better school experience. Thank you.

  18. Karl H. says:
    Five Stars

    This was a well put together course. I have a step-daughter with ADHD and many of the strategies could prove very useful in helping her. Obviously, these same strategies could be helpful in the classroom as well.

  19. Dara S. says:
    Five Stars


  20. Karen J. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you for offering online courses for those with busy schedules.

  21. Andrew T. says:
    Five Stars

    Good courses, I appreciate the ease of taking these hours online. 

  22. Milan I. says:
    Five Stars

    Thumbs up!

  23. Jennifer A. says:
    Five Stars

    I learned a lot of different tips on how to make children with ADHD feel more comfortable and feel more successful in the classroom.

  24. Amy M. says:
    Five Stars

    I had a pleasant experience with this! Thank you!

  25. Donna S. says:
    Five Stars

    Learned a lot from this class. Thanks.

  26. Mark E. says:
    Five Stars

    Both met my needs for professional development needs in this area for Minnesota re-licensure, AND was very informative and helpful.

  27. Kathryn W. says:
    Five Stars

    Interesting course.

  28. Melanie S says:
    Five Stars

    I've really enjoyed taking these courses! They are overall interesting and educational! Thank you!

  29. Patricia W says:
    Five Stars

    Thanks for the great experience. Enjoyed immensely and learned so o o o oo much.

  30. Kathryn S says:
    Five Stars

    Excellent option for renewal requirements. Thank you.

  31. Rachel S says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you for making this available.

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