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Helpful Accommodations Tips
- Try?ability grouping Have a few peers that can support the student experiencing weaknesses.
- Provide photocopied notes to avoid having these students copying from the board or chart paper
- Make use of?graphic organizers
- Provide organization tips and let parents know about the organization tips they can use to support these students at home.
- Declutter! If your classroom is cluttered, this can be very distracting for students with needs. Declutter and help students to declutter.
- Provide time management tips and skills. Sometimes it helps to have sticky notes on the student’s desk to remind the student of how much time they have to complete tasks.
- Tracking sheets. Provide a tracking sheet of expected assignments for the week/day.
- Keep lessons concrete. Use visual and concrete materials as much as possible. Use assistive technology when available.
- Provide a buddy and let the buddy know what their role is – supportive.
- Keep instructions and directions ‘chunked’. Provide one step at a time, don’t overload the student on too many pieces of information at once.
- Color code items. For instance, put some red tape on a math text book along with red tape on the math note book.?Color code that help the child with organization tips and that provide information about what is needed.
- Make sure there are visual clues around the room to help.
- Provide extra time for the processing of information.
- Larger size font is sometimes helpful.
- Provide auditory supports to avoid the student from having too much text to read.
- Give repetition and clarification regularly.
- Provide close proximity to the teacher.
- Seat the child away from distractions whenever possible. Think critically about seating arrangements.
- Provide reminders on the desk – taped 100s charts, number lines, vocabulary lists, and word bank lists taped alphabets for printing or writing etc.
- Provide a study carrel or alternate place to work for specific tasks.
- Provide scribing or a peer for scribing when necessary or utilize the speech to text software applications.
- Give ongoing feedback.
- Pay close attention to lighting, sometimes preferential lighting can make the world of difference.
- Provide a ‘chillax’ area, a quiet location to enable the student to ‘chill out or relax’.
- Provide headphones to remove extraneous noises.
- Let the child provide oral responses instead of written where appropriate to demonstrate understanding of concept.
- Provide time extensions as necessary.
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