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Special Education Accommodations

There are many ways teachers can help children with learning and language differences succeed in school. Here are some common examples of accommodations and modifications that may be considered based on the individual needs of your child and/or suspected area of disability.

Presentation​ ​accommodations​ allow a student to:

● Listen to audio recordings instead of reading text

● Learn content from audiobooks, movies, videos and digital media instead of reading print versions

● Work with fewer items per page or line and/or materials in a larger print size

● Hear instructions orally

● Have another student share class notes with him/her

● Be given an outline of a lesson

● Use visual presentations of verbal material, such as word webs and visual       organizers

● Be given a written list of instructions  

Response​ ​accommodations​ allow a student to:

● Give responses in a form (oral or written) that’s easier for him

● Use a spelling dictionary or electronic spell-checker

● Use a word processor to type notes or give responses in class

● Use a calculator or table of “math facts”

Setting​ ​accommodations​ allow a student to:

● Work or take a test in a different setting, such as a quiet room with few distractions

● Sit where he learns best (for example, near the teacher)

● Use special lighting or acoustics

● Take a test in small group setting

● Use sensory tools such as an exercise band that can be looped around a chair’s legs (so fidgety kids can kick it and quietly get their energy out)

Timing​ ​accommodations​ allow a student to:

● Take more time to complete a task or a test

● Have extra time to process oral information and directions

● Take frequent breaks, such as after completing a task

Scheduling​ ​accommodations ​ allow a student to:

● Take more time to complete a project

● Take sections of a test in a different order

● Take a test at a specific time of day

Organization​ ​skills​ ​accommodations ​ allow a student to:

● Use an alarm to help with time management

● Mark texts with a highlighter

● Have help coordinating assignments in a book or planner

● Receive study skills instruction

Assignment​ ​modifications​ allow a student to:

● Complete fewer or different homework problems than peers

● Write shorter papers

● Answer fewer or different test questions

● Create alternate projects or assignments

Curriculum​ ​modifications​ allow a student to:

● Learn different material (such as continuing to work on multiplication while classmates move on to fractions)

● Get graded or assessed using a different standard than the one for classmates