Accommodation Purpose and Tips for Parents on How to Implement at Home
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
To allow student to focus, move as needed, comfort, close to teacher
Give your child options for sitting, laying down, table, sofa, beanbag, etc
To focus on tasks (less noise, visual stimulation, watching others)
Find quiet, calm spot
Headphones with or without music, whichever helps
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
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
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
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
To help with focus, fatigue, and allow for movement
Setting a timer for work, short intervals
Talk with child about specific directions/expectations for breaks (where, how long, what activities ) Examples: 5 min, outside, or 2 min, drawing, or 10 min playing on the computer