About Me

IMG_1458Welcome to “Why So Special!” I’ve designed this website to explain the “whys” of general and special education. Whether you are new to the field of general and special education, or looking to deepen your understanding, this website has valuable information for you.

I bring you the information in the blog from my personal education, which includes a teaching credential for students with mild to moderate disabilities for levels K-12 and a Master’s of Science in Education.  But more importantly, I bring this information from what I have learned working directly with children with disabilities as a special education teacher.

This website has strategies and content arranged by grade level. If your child or student is operating above or below grade level, feel free to customize.

As I blog, you will find information about: grade level work, reading, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities including dyslexia, attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity (ADHD), Down’s syndrome, sensory processing disorders,  Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), inclusion, advocacy, teaching tools, and much, much more.

If you have a child who is in special education, or your child has been diagnosed, this website helps you sort through the terminology and acronyms. You’ll learn that though special education is intricately tied to general education, it also has many unique aspects such as its own language.

I hope to help you determine the most successful teaching techniques for different disabilities. As a teacher, I have worked with students with the following disabilities: autism, Asperger’s syndrome, speech and language impaired, processing disorders, specific learning disabilities, Down’s syndrome, intellectual disabilities, affective disorders, and more.

I have included useful information for all teachers and parents regarding reading and phonics. I show you how to use a simple research-based assessment called the San Diego Quick (under Reading) to assess your child/student. This will determine his/her reading level, and help determine where to focus your teaching and guide you in developing reading goals and objectives.

Students with learning disabilities often need more time and repetition to learn new concepts. One need I have found as a special education teacher is a need for more basic worksheets regarding phonics and reading. That is why I have designed units geared towards beginning literacy. See my teacher store–there are FREEBIES! (If you download my freebies, I would really appreciate it if you added me as one of your favorite teacher stores—click the blue button under my store name. Thanks!).

I hope you find this website informative and helpful. Please use the “Contact Me” form to give me any feedback, suggestions, or ask a question. I look forward to hearing from you!

Carrie Koftan