Real IEP Accommodations That Really Work

ADDitude readers share the school accommodations — as well as IEP tips and tricks — that help their children manage ADHD symptoms and stay focused, happy, and successful at school.

Other IEP Accommodations

"I am a teacher and I suggest auditory cuing to sustain attention by asking, 'How will you remember this?' This is used during class or one-on-one discussions of important concepts. For example, when teaching geometry shapes, ask 'How will you remember this is is called a pentagon?' This question requires student attention (thus can be repeated), allows processing time for memory, allows creativity of mnemonics, and gives arousal to the executive function. It can be written into the IEP as: 'Student will be asked twice during class how he will remember facts or rules.'"
- posted by Roy

“For tests or graded classwork/homework: My son is given an opportunity, at another time or the next day, to complete answers left blank, or with 'I don't know,' '0,' or '?' on the answer line. (He is clearly having trouble focusing, is frustrated, zoned out, or shut down when he answers like that.) When given the opportunity to complete/change the answer, if he does not change anything, the grade stands.”
- posted by rookie

"My son was getting a huge amount of homework, and we were struggling to get it all done. I then found out it was schoolwork they were sending home. My son would say, 'Oh, I'll do it at home.' It was written into his IEP that he could earn extra recess by completing his work at school. And whatever was assigned as schoolwork had to remain at school. Suddenly, homework was not the main focus of our evenings. He was getting so much more done at school too.”
- posted by lisag80123

"The main thing that helped us with our daughter's IEP meeting was taking some charge of the proceedings by presenting an agenda of our own. I wrote a summary of our daughter's strengths as we see them, and asked the team for their input, as well. I then listed things we wanted to see worked on, and asked for input from the team, too. I sent it to the team members ahead of time, so they could have time to look it over and come back with feedback. The meeting went great. We actually spent more time on our agenda than theirs! It also brought out some revelations and ideas that probably would never had come up, had we stuck to the ‘usual’ plan."
- posted by mothership

"My son gets frustrated at seeing a page full of math problems, and mentally checks out or melts down. It's helped when a teacher put a 'red line' (or blue, green, whatever color they choose) on the paper after the first three problems, had him set a goal to just do those three, checked them, had him take a deep breath and stretch, then put a line under 3 more, and proceeded in smaller increments through the assignment.

"We also had one teacher offer to record the class lecture portion so he could listen to it after class while doing homework. That way he didn't have such difficulty and anxiety trying to keep up with taking notes. When he is trying to write as fast as possible, he misses a lot and doesn't really think about what is being said. These have both helped to lower his anxiety and let him enjoy learning!"
- posted by liz

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