Special Ed Clinic
SPECIAL EDUCATION SOLUTIONS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES
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Documentation of Accommodations for the Classroom

The benefit of psycho-educational testing or screening is to document the need for classroom accommodations which could enhance learning for the child in the regular education classroom. An accommodation plan can be written for the classroom teacher or any specialist who is working with the child in the classroom. Some possible accommodations would result if a child had a central auditory disorder, dyslexia, math or writing disorder, or visual memory or motor disorder. Some possible accommodations would include the following:

Auditory:

  • Provide visuals such as a overhead projector or white board to increase processing of oral directions 
  • Teach the child to summarize directions using key words 
  • Provide a study buddy to help summarize directions 
  • Give a child time to process oral directions and encourage the child to ask questions when directions are not understood

Visual:

  • Provide worksheets which are simple and uncluttered 
  • Provide auditory instruction to supplement visual instruction 
  • Highlight written directions using a highlighter 
  • Provide large print or enlarged print books to reduce stress when reading aloud or silently

Motor:

  • Provide a pencil grip to increase endurance for writing 
  • Provide primary paper to increase accuracy 
  • Provide extra time for class writing assignments 
  • Provide a computer or lap top to take notes 

There are many possible accommodations which can be provided to enhance learning. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which states that reasonable accommodations should be provided for children identified with learning or processing disorder is a civil rights law created to protect children and adults with learning disabilities and processing disorders. The American Disabilities Act of 1990 also guarantees that the civil rights of an adult diagnosed with a learning disorder is entitled to reasonable accommodations in the workplace or in college. By law, your child is entitled to accommodations in a public or private setting after the learning disorder has been assessed and diagnosed by a qualified educational therapist or psychologist. It is very important to educate the school staff that your child can benefit from these accommodations and show that they are entitled to them by law.