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ABC's of Adaptations and Accommodations

Adaptations for the special education student must fit the student’s learning style and are written in the child’s IEP. Some accommodations may be used on the proficiency tests and promotion standards. The following is an alphabetical list of useful classroom and curriculum accommodations.

Alphabet strip taped to student’s desk

Break long range assignments and projects into smaller ones

Calculators, Checklists and Computers

Dictate work/assignment to student

Extended time for tests, projects and assignments

Flash cards

Group cooperatively; Give cues; use Graphic organizers

Highlight main ideas or specific words

Instruction given orally and in print

Journal writing could be drawing pictures or scripted by another

Kids use assignment books to organize work

Large print or type for easier reading

Manipulatives and Models

Number lines, Notebooks

Oral reports instead of written ones

Paired reading, Peer tutors

Quiet space or work area

Read tests, directions, assignments

Shorten assignments, Smaller amounts, Study guides

Tape stories; Three-dimensional ruler

Use a test format that requires little writing

Verbal responses to questions, tests

Vocabulary lists and Visuals

Worksheets and/or tests Written on lower skill level

Xerox copy of assignments for home and provide eXamples of projects

Your tests could be open book or take home

Zero-in on reinforcing concepts through hands-on activities and games

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