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Common Modifications and Accommodations


By Amanda Morin

Therearemanywaysteacherscanhelpchildrenwithlearningandattentionissuessucceedinschool.
Herearesomecommonaccommodationsandmodificationstodiscusswiththeschoolaspossible
optionsforyourchild.

Presentationaccommodationsallowastudentto:

Listentoaudiorecordingsinsteadofreadingtext

Learncontentfromaudiobooks,movies,videosanddigitalmediainsteadofreadingprint
versions

Workwithfeweritemsperpageorlineand/ormaterialsinalargerprintsize

Haveadesignatedreader

Hearinstructionsorally

Recordalesson,insteadoftakingnotes

Haveanotherstudentshareclassnoteswithhim

Begivenanoutlineofalesson

Usevisualpresentationsofverbalmaterial,suchaswordwebsandvisualorganizers

Begivenawrittenlistofinstructions

Responseaccommodationsallowastudentto:
Giveresponsesinaform(oralorwritten)thatseasierforhim

Dictateanswerstoascribe

Captureresponsesonanaudiorecorder

Useaspellingdictionaryorelectronicspellchecker
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Settingaccommodationsallowastudentto:
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Workortakeatestinadifferentsetting,suchasaquietroomwithfewdistractions

Sitwherehelearnsbest(forexample,neartheteacher)

Usespeciallightingoracoustics

Takeatestinsmallgroupsetting

Usesensorytoolssuchasanexercisebandthatcanbeloopedaroundachairslegs(sofidgety
kidscankickitandquietlygettheirenergyout)

Timingaccommodationsallowastudentto:

Takemoretimetocompleteataskoratest

Haveextratimetoprocessoralinformationanddirections

Takefrequentbreaks,suchasaftercompletingatask

Schedulingaccommodationsallowastudentto:

Takemoretimetocompleteaproject

Takeatestinseveraltimedsessionsoroverseveraldays

Takesectionsofatestinadifferentorder

Takeatestataspecifictimeofday

Organizationskillsaccommodationsallowastudentto:

Useanalarmtohelpwithtimemanagement

Marktextswithahighlighter

Havehelpcoordinatingassignmentsinabookorplanner

Receivestudyskillsinstruction
Assignmentmodificationsallowastudentto:

Completefewerordifferenthomeworkproblemsthanpeers

Writeshorterpapers

Answerfewerordifferenttestquestions
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Curriculummodificationsallowastudentto:
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Learndifferentmaterial(suchascontinuingtoworkonmultiplicationwhileclassmatesmoveon
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tofractions)

Getgradedorassessedusingadifferentstandardthantheoneforclassmates

Beexcusedfromparticularprojects

About the Author


AmandaMorinisaparentadvocate,aformerteacherandtheauthorofThe
EverythingParentsGuidetoSpecialEducation.

Reviewed by
DonnaVolpitta,Ed.D.,iscoauthorofTheResilienceFormula:AGuideto
Proactive,NotReactive,Parenting.

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