(Learn about the difference between IEPs and 504 plans.) Just because an IEP or a 504 plan lists accommodations, however, doesn’t mean they’re always followed in the classroom. And it’s important to talk with your child about how the accommodations are working.
This helps her get familiar with the accommodations.
For the child who struggles to write out answers on tests, an accommodation may be to have her give answers orally. Here are four categories of accommodations for different needs. It doesn’t take much, for example, for the teacher to move your child’s seat away from a noisy classroom door that’s distracting.
If you think accommodations may help your child, talk to her teacher. If your child needs bigger changes, however, you may want to seek formal accommodations.
By using an audiobook, she can learn history without her reading issues getting in the way. Accommodations don’t change what your child is expected to know or learn. Your child may use an audiobook in American history, but she’s still expected to learn about events like the Civil War.
And she still must complete all assignments and take exams, just like her peers.
Research Question: What are effective methods for accommodating students’ with disabilities in inclusive settings in elementary schools?