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Resources for Documenting Your Child’s Progress Over Time

  • STAMS series: Strategies to Achieve Math Success, available through Curriculum Associates.
  • Teaching Your Special Needs Student—Strategies and Tools that Really Work: You Can Do This! By Judith Munday 2nd Edition, 2007, available at
  • Brigance Diagnostic Inventories: (published by Curriculum Associates)
    The Inventory of Early Development (yellow)—birth through developmental age 7
    The Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills (green)—pre-K through grade 9 functioning level
    Available to HSLDA members for rent by contacting the Special Needs Department
  • Functional Assessments for the IEP by Dr. David Feldman, available through Attainment Company. Includes practical assessment tools like basic skills templates for math, safety skills checklists, etc.
  • Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Autism by Pat Chrissy, available through Attainment Company. Includes valuable reproducibles, assessments, etc.
  • Fine Motor and Gross Motor Skills in Children with Down Syndrome series by Patricia C. Winders, available through Woodbine House publishers. Contains gross motor activities, as well as lists of milestones, which are useful for tracking progress and determining what to work on next.
  • Evaluating for Excellence: A Handbook for Evaluating Student Progress by Teresa M. Moon (has a suggested scope and sequence by skill/content area and grade level, as well as sample reading checklists, student education plans, and much more).
  • 35 Rubrics and Checklists to Assess Reading and Writing (Grades K-2) by Adele Fiderer (available through Scholastic Publishers)
  • 3 Minute Reading Assessments series by Timothy Rasinski, available through Really Good Stuff Reading.
  • The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Special Needs by Sue Schwartz (has evaluation checklists and summary sheets, as well as activities).
  • Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready by June Oberlander (has developmental checklists and activities for children birth to age 5).

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