Accomodating children

At a Glance: Classroom Accommodations for Dyslexia What classroom accommodations help level the playing field for studentswith dyslexia?

Here are some common ways schools make learning moreaccessible.

For Classwork and Taking Tests Teachers can…• Provide extra time for reading and writing.• Provide different ways to respond, like saying the answers, having larger spaces for writing, or circling an answer instead of filling in the blank.• Hand out letter and number strips for students to look at so they can see how to write correctly.• Provide sentence starters that show how to begin a written response.• Show examples of work that is correct to serve as a model.• Arrange worksheet problems from easiest to hardest.• Allow understanding to be demonstrated in different ways (oral reports, video presentations, posters, etc.).

Students can…• Use a text reader (like a Reading Pen or text-to-speech software).• Partner up to study—one person writes while the other speaks, or they share the writing.

A parent advocate and former teacher, Amanda Morin is the proud mom of kids with learning and attention issues and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

It’s a way to make sure your child’s learning and attention issues don’t get in the way of showing what he knows.

Kids with learning and attention issues may need to learn material differently than other kids their age.

Accommodations are designed to give kids ways to learn and demonstrate knowledge of the same material as other kids their age. Accommodations don’t lower the expectations for what kids learn.

For example, if your child has trouble with writing, the teacher might let him give answers to a test verbally. They don’t change what kids are taught or tested on.

Instead, they support kids’ ability to learn well in the classroom and show their knowledge on tests by removing obstacles.

Accommodations can involve changes to various things related to learning. Different accommodations are helpful for different kids. Take a look at common accommodations for kids with learning and attention issues.

If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan, accommodations are written into the plan.

With your help, the IEP or 504 plan team decides on these formal accommodations.

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