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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…

Transition Planning for College

Relevance: 35%      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…

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…

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…

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…

Who Should Be On Your Child’s IEP Team?

Relevance: 16%      Posted on: September 3, 2014

Federal law specifies the participants that are to be involved in developing an Individual Education Program (IEP) for students with learning disabilities or ADHD. Each member of the IEP team (sometimes referred to as the Planning and Placement Team or PPT) brings a unique perspective and expertise that contribute to…

14 Ways to Help a Child with NLD Succeed

Relevance: 14%      Posted on: August 31, 2014

Because NLD is a condition with clearly defined assets and deficits, successful interventions can be developed using a child’s strengths to compensate for weaknesses. For example, students who struggle with organization, flexibility, mathematical reasoning, and social skills can be helped through using their remarkable rote memory, attention to detail, auditory…