What’s the deal with IEP accommodations?

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.

 

Environment:

 

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)

Sensory Needs:

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

Pencil Grips

Slant board/ alternative workspace

Organization:

Clearly labeled assignments

Daily Routine

Visual schedule

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.

Assignments:

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.