Accommodations

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If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)  or 504 Plan, your child is eligible to receive accommodations in the classroom to help with the learning process.  Accommodations are defined as techniques and support systems that help students work around limitations resulting from a disability. Accommodations can help students to access the general education curriculum and are provided by the teacher.  Note that an accommodation does not mean changing the curriculum; it may mean changing instructional methods and materials, changing assignments and assessments, changing time demands and scheduling, or changing the learning environment.

(Cited from BrightFeats.com) Here are possible accommodations if your child has difficulty with reading comprehension:
  • Provide student with list of important vocabulary before reading the text
  • Have student read the summary of the text first
  • Have student read the review questions first and then look for answers
  • Provide student with a study guide of the text
  • Use multi-sensory activities to help student understand abstract information
  • Allow student to use sticky notes/highlighter tape/erasable highlighter to mark important information in the text
  • Ask student to paraphrase information in their own words and discuss what is unclear
Possible accommodations if your child has difficulty decoding and reading the text:
  • Provide student with an audio version of the text. Use books on tape/CD or have another student or assistant record the text.
  • Use computer software to transfer printed text into speech.
  • Provide a reading “buddy” to read aloud text
  • Read written directions/key points aloud before beginning
  • Allow student to input unknown words into an electronic spelling dictionary with voice output
Here are additional accommodations you may choose to implement in your classroom with students with learning disabilities in reading comprehension:
  • Create a student-developed file of vocabulary words and the use of word webs and visual organizers to relate words and ideas heard or read on paper
  • A dictionary or thesaurus, suited to the child’s learning level, is also an excellent tool for building vocabulary, spelling and reading comprehension
References: Accommodations, Assisting Students with Disabilities; FL Dept of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, 2003.