Educational Accommodations

Within your child’s IEP or 504 plan, there will be a section listing very specific educational, behavioral, academic, and sensory strategies for your child. These are called accommodations, modifications, services, and specially designed instructions. Read on so you have a good understanding of which of these particular accommodations may best serve your student. Feel free to borrow and use any of the following list of strategies!

Executive Functioning

  • Break everything down into simple steps
  • Give extra time for processing
  • Use a Visual Schedule
  • Allow extra time for transitions
  • Preview any changes or unusual events
  • Be concrete with your language
  • Limit the number of steps or requests made
  • Preferential seating
  • Timer for time management
  • Provide and teach how to use a Planner



  • Sensory breaks/movement opportunities built in throughout the day
  • Doodle during class
  • Fidgets/seat cushions/rubberband on bottom of chair
  • Water bottle/gum in class
  • Noise-cancelling headphones
  • Weighted vest or lapad
  • Adaptive Gym class/activities



  • Building peer supports and relationships via formal or informal social skills group
  • Peer modeling
  • Use of scripts for interactions
  • Pair student with the same peer to encourage appropriate communication
  • Classroom education and sensitivity training about student’s disability


Classic Academics

  • More time for test taking and homework
  • Teacher notes/outlines given to student ahead of time
  • Hear instructions read aloud
  • Modify assignments and tests
  • Scribe to take notes
  • Responding orally or through video
  • Typing instead of writing
  • Use of digital tools across all areas such as spellchecker, iPad, etc.
  • Use calculator or table for math facts
  • Get graded or assessed using a different standard than other students
  • Quiet room for test taking


  • Create safe space to go to to calm down
  • Never remove recess
  • Identifying and reducing/preventing triggers
  • Transition prompts
  • Increasing predictability
  • Providing opportunities to assist others
  • Leadership opportunities within the classroom
  • Give student jobs
  • Preview all changes
  • Classroom expectations posted
  • Choices, choices, choices
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