I could never properly describe the correct classroom accommodation for your child without of course knowing their individual and unique needs. But, I do want to give you an idea of reasonable requests that you might ask for in your next IEP meeting. When you are looking at your child’s IEP, the accommodation section is in the back of the IEP, under the description of services. If the accommodations seem too general, or possibly don’t address a newer issue, it’s okay for you to ask for that to be revised. Let’s look at a few different areas that an IEP can cover in the accommodation section.
Seating that reflects the need of the student( front of the class, away from distractions)
Flexible seating or standing desk
Height adapted hook or cubby for wheelchair-bound student
Wheelchair accessible classroom ( clutter-free, space to access all areas of the room easily)
Access to fidgets at a desk
Weighted lap pad
Quiet space for breaks
Break cards when necessary
Advanced warning of loud sounds
Use of chewing gum, pencil toppers, etc
Sensory break cards with input from school OT
Slant board/ alternative workspace
Clearly labeled assignments
Extended time for packing up
Extended time for completing assignment book/homework log
Allowing the student to keep one set of books/workbooks at home to avoid lost items.
Help student organize binder and folders for each subject.
Extended work time
Extended wait time for verbal responses
Chunk assignment into smaller pieces
Pair written directions with oral directions
Provide alternatives to pencil to paper tasks( assistive technology, visuals, posters, slide show)
Develop nonverbal cue to alert the student that they will be called on next, allow them to pass if needed.
Reduce demand to focus on skill mastery
These are a small sampling of accommodations that can be easily addressed in your child’s IEP. If you have specific questions about your child’s disability, please reach out! I love thinking of ways to help your student succeed in the classroom.