• Parent Tips for using IEP Accommodations




    Tips for parents

    Extended time

    To allow extra time for processing information, writing, reading

    • Be flexible with the amount of time needed to complete assignments
    • Extra “think” time to answer questions, discuss possible answers

    Preferential seating

    To allow student to focus, move as needed, comfort, close to teacher

    • Give your child options for sitting, laying down, table, sofa, beanbag, etc 

    Reduce distractions

    To focus on tasks (less noise, visual stimulation, watching others, )

    • Find quiet, calm spot
    • Headphones with or without music, whichever helps

    Read aloud

    To help students access grade-level texts, or to build fluency on instructional level

    • Read texts, questions/answer options out loud
    • For fluency passages, have child listen to you, then re-read same text

    Repeat directions

    To clarify directions 

    • Especially for multi-step directions, offer to read again, draw a picture, make a checklist, have child repeat in their own words

    Redo assignments/tests

    To offer opportunities for re-teaching, showing knowledge in a different way

    • Have student re-do missed items, verbally, draw, etc
    • Guide to correct answers through discussion

    Chunking assignments/tests

    To reduce the number of choices for vocabulary, assist in focus, avoid overwhelming student with the amount of information viewed at a time

    • For multiple math problems or vocabulary words, mark off sections of smaller numbers 
    • If there is a multiple choice question, eliminate one or two options.

    Reduce amount of writing

    To allow students to show knowledge without frustrating them due to difficulties with handwriting and comprehension

    • Quality of the writing content is more important than quantity
    • Start sentences with a few words 

    Copies of notes

    To reduce the amount of writing a student must do, to support them listening to instruction instead of keeping up with notes

    • Printing out notes will help your child to pay attention to instruction
    • They can use highlighters or pencil to mark on text that is printed

    Allow breaks

    To help with focus, fatigue, and allow for movement

    • Setting a timer for work, short intervals
    • Talk with child about about specific directions/expectations for break (where, how long, what activities ) Examples: 5 min, outside, or 2 min, drawing, or 10 min playing computer 

  • These are just a few examples of how to implement classroom accommodations at home, but there are many more!  Please feel free to share tips with me and I can share with others. 

    For specific information about your child’s IEP accommodations,  please email me at marshalle@wcde.org 


    Wishing you all the best health and special moments with your family, 


     Emily Marshall