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IEP Planning: Accommodations & Modifications

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: September 10, 2014

The difference between success and failure for students with LD and ADHD often comes down to how effectively the curriculum is adapted to individual needs. Accommodations and modifications are the tools used by the IEP team to achieve that end. Accommodations Accommodations allow a student to complete the same tasks…

Examples of Accommodations & Modifications

Relevance: 70%      Posted on: September 10, 2014

Program accommodations and modifications are available to children who receive services under IDEA or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. General Accommodations: Large print textbooks Textbooks for at-home use Additional time for assignments A locker with adapted lock Review of directions Review sessions Use of mnemonics Have student restate information…

Common Test-Taking Accommodations Questioned

Relevance: 50%      Posted on: February 27, 2017

Among the most common accommodations provided for students with ADHD are extended time and frequent breaks when taking standardized tests. But how helpful are those accommodations?  Perhaps not at all, according to a recent study. The study, examining the impact of various accommodations on the test scores of students in…

Tips for Post-High School Planning

Relevance: 46%      Posted on: December 11, 2017

Although students apply for college in their senior year, preparation for college begins several years earlier. To guarantee the best outcome for a student with LD or ADHD, parents, students, and support personnel must mount a coordinated effort that begins when a child enters high school. In fact, The Individuals…

Accommodations & College Acceptance

Relevance: 34%      Posted on: September 30, 2016

Most colleges are knowledgeable about learning differences and the accommodations required by certain students. When a child applies to college and has taken the SAT with extended time or another accommodation, the school will most likely want to see a long history of a documented learning difference. If a student…

Transition Planning for College

Relevance: 33%      Posted on: September 13, 2015

For students with learning differences, the law recognizes that transition to adulthood may require specialized services to help them attain the skills and education they’ll need to succeed after high school. The IDEA requires that transition planning must begin, at the latest, for the year a student turns 16. The Individualized…

ADA Guidelines for Testing Accommodations

Relevance: 33%      Posted on: September 28, 2015

High-stakes tests are stressful for everyone (hence the name “high-stakes”), but for students with learning and other disabilities, getting approval for test accommodations that level the playing field has historically been its own stressor. Thanks to newly released ADA guidelines from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) students that need…

College Planning: Match Services to Needs

Relevance: 31%      Posted on: November 6, 2017

Selecting an appropriate college for students with learning disabilities is vital to their success. Because students leave high school with different levels of preparedness and varying abilities, a continuum of support services has emerged. Some colleges offer extensive services, while others provide minimal support. To ensure a good match, evaluate…

Are You Ready for Your IEP Meeting?

Relevance: 24%      Posted on: March 7, 2016

Although it may not feel like Spring in your neck of the woods, warmer days are just around the corner. With Spring comes that annual rite of passage—and no, I’m not talking about Easter egg hunts. I’m talking about IEP meetings: the yearly gathering of the school team (link to…

Essential Elements of an IEP

Relevance: 21%      Posted on: September 10, 2014

The Individual Education Program (IEP) is the roadmap for your child’s education. It is a legal agreement between parent and school that states what the child will learn and be able to do; it dictates the programs and services he will receive. It’s supposed to set targets for your child…