If you teach students with special learning needs such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, autism, or auditory processing disorder, you are acutely aware of the unique challenges they face when learning to communicate. Whether they are learning to read or attempting to write, they face hurdles that other students seldom encounter.
IEW addresses these needs in a way that allows struggling students to flourish:
- Customizable lesson plans allow the teacher to work with the child at the point of need and to provide support specific to the child's unique challenges.
- Incremental pacing allows each student to progress at his or her own pace with as much practice as necessary before moving on to the next skill.
- Models provide clear and concrete directions to follow.
View our core products for special needs students below. Click here for other resources to support you in your teaching and here for testimonials.
Primary Arts of Language:
Reading Complete Package
Discover the blended sound-sight approach to teaching your child to read. By combining phonics with some sight words, special needs students can learn to read while building a solid foundation for the future. Games, activities, and stickers add interest for the child, and you'll love the clear directions and thorough explanations. Use concurrently with the PAL: Writing program.
Primary Arts of Language:
Writing Complete Package
Bring your child from learning to print to writing one- to three-paragraph compositions with structure and style. This complete package includes everything you need to teach your child to write, from printing practice and sentence formation to early grammar, story sequence analysis, and writing paragraphs.
People and Places in Our Community
While writing compositions with stylistic techniques and six of IEW’s nine structural units, students will get to know the workers who keep a community running smoothly—from firefighters and police officers to road crews and rescue workers. The purchaser receives access to a downloadable Teacher’s Manual e-book that supplies sample key word outlines, comprehension questions, and thorough instructions for activities.
Bible Heroes Writing Lessons
Get to know the heroes of the Bible while learning to write with structure and style.
† Contains distinctly Christian content
Adventures in Writing
Explore a wide variety of fascinating subjects in Adventures in Writing! In this theme-based writing curriculum, students write about adventurous topics such as Roman hoplites, tornadoes, Leif Eriksson, and other interesting subjects while they learn to write with the Structure and Style® writing method. Offering a full year of instruction for students in 3rd grade, these lessons cover seven of the nine IEW Units. Literature suggestions and access to vocabulary cards and other helpful PDF downloads are included.
Discoveries in Writing
Discover a wide variety of fascinating subjects in Discoveries in Writing! In this theme-based writing curriculum, students write about exciting topics such as the Bayeux Tapestry, tsunamis, Jerusalem and the Crusades, and other interesting subjects while they learn to write with the Structure and Style® writing method. Offering a full year of instruction for students in 4th grade, these lessons cover seven of the nine IEW Units. Literature suggestions and access to vocabulary cards and other helpful PDF downloads are included.
Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales Writing Lessons
Let your students’ imaginations soar while enjoying classic children’s tales and learning to write with structure and style!
Wonders of Science Writing Lessons
Students will write about science-themed topics such as insects, inventions, and famous scientists while they learn to write with Structure and Style.
Structure and Style for Students: Year 1 Level A Premier
This discounted package includes enjoyable classes on DVD for the student, clear lesson plans and assignments, and confidence-building teacher training sessions.
Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization
This teaching tool provides a system to introduce students to a vital, but often neglected, source of powerful and sophisticated linguistic patterning: memorized language, especially memorized poetry.
This phonics-based program uses auditory input to ensure that the correct spelling of each word is absorbed by the brain. The audio allows students to work independently much of the time while allowing for the repetition needed for mastery.
Studies show that cursive helps with the problem of letter reversals, spacing issues within and between words, and even short attention spans. For students of all ages who are either new to the art or who have already learned cursive and need a refresher, this course resource provides clear instruction in upper and lower-case letter formation, reproducible practice sheets, and high-quality source material for meaningful copy work.
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IEW's Special Needs Support Forum (Click here to join.)
Watch: Understanding Child Brain Development (A Family Hope Center Presentation)
Learning Difference Podcasts with Andrew Pudewa:
R14: Learning Differences, Part 1 – Dyslexia
R15: Learning Differences, Part 2 – Dysgraphia
R16: Learning Differences, Part 3 – ADHD
R17: Suggestions for Gifted and Talented Students PRIMARY TABS
Episode 143: Jill Pike: Struggling Learners/Special Education—Answers to Difficult Questions
Episode 159: IEW and Dyslexia: A Conversation with Susan Barton
Episode 186: Help for Teachers of Autistic Students Using IEW: An interview with Marie Greenhalgh
Episode 197: While Andrew's Away: Living with Dyslexia—An Interview with Chris Pudewa, Part 1
Episode 198: While Andrew's Away: Living with Dyslexia—An Interview with Chris Pudewa, Part 2
Episode 231: The Dyslexic Advantage: A Conversation with Brock and Fernette Eide (Parts 1 & 2)
Episode 232: The Dyslexic Advantage: A Conversation with Brock and Fernette Eide, Part 2
Episode 255: Success in Teaching Writing to Special Education Students, Part 1
Episode 256: Success in Teaching Writing to Special Education Students, Part 2
Episode 257: Structure and Style for the Gifted and Talented Student
Episode 259: Ask Andrew Anything: Special Education Edition (Parts 1 & 2)
Episode 296: Impacting English Language Learners with Structure and Style
Episode 363: IEW Helps Students with Dyslexia
Episode 378: IEW and Dysgraphia with Jennifer Mauser
Webinars with Andrew Pudewa:
Struggling Learners/Special Education: Strategies for Teachers and Parents
Struggling Learners/Special Education: Answers to Difficult Questions
Blog Posts and Articles on Learning differences:
Opening the GATE for Exceptional Children: Podcast 379
One Step at a Time: Balancing Health and School
The Work of a Child by Andrew Pudewa
Hope for Your Struggling Learner (Dyslexia)
Dyslexia: Finding Help and Hope for Your Struggling Reader
Don’t Let Dyslexia Get You Down
Help for Dysgraphia: Hands off Content; Hands on Style
A Case for Cursive
A Special Needs Child Meets PAL (Down Syndrome)
Beyond Surviving: A Story of Thriving with ADHD
Teaching Students on the Spectrum: Wisdom from the IEW Forum
So What, Exactly, is Dysgraphia?
Working Memory and the Key Word Outline
This program is a great fit for my ADHD child. He enjoys the videos as well as the work he does. He is learning a great deal without feeling overwhelmed with the writing as he usually was. It breaks down down the concepts and skills into manageable chunks. –Mrs. Norrington
Just had to take the time to give my most sincere thanks to the crew that created the PAL program. My two youngest children both have special needs—one (7) is dyslexic with other vision processing issues and the other (almost 9) is cognitively impaired and on the autism spectrum. At the beginning of this school year we were still sounding out three letter words with varying success. Neither child could distinguish the d, b, p, q combo. Now, less than a month later, both children have mastered those four nasty letters; my youngest is decoding words that amaze HER; and my older son has memorized lots of new phonemes plus "magic e!" This morning my daughter read all but three words of the following email (sent to her sister): "We want to wish you a Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day and we look forward to seeing you soon!" I almost cried. It’s all coming together for my children more quickly than I ever could have dreamed. This program is truly changing lives! Thank you!