20 Accommodations for Students with ADHD
Whether your child’s ADHD means test anxiety or forgotten homework, consult this list of accommodations to bolster her IEP or 504 Plan accordingly.
Each child with ADHD is unique, and symptoms often express themselves differently. Because of this, there are no “standard” accommodations. An IEP or a 504 Plan should be geared to your child alone; no two plans should be the same.
Here are some ideas to help you get started on preparing a list of accommodations for your child. These are ideas that have worked for other parents and have been implemented by school districts. Use these ideas as a starting point and add others based on your child’s specific needs.
1. Seat your child in the front row
2. Seat your child away from doors and windows
3. Create a signal the teacher can use to get your child back on track (walking past the student’s desk and lightly tapping it)
4. Change the seats of children near your child
5. Receive daily reports on the subject matter that was covered in class, for review at night
6. Use oral tests to determine knowledge of a subject
7. Have the child take the test in the resource room or library where there are fewer distractions
8. Allow your child extra time to complete tests (but not during recess or lunch)
9. Adapt tests to show knowledge instead of speed. For example, limit math questions to four questions, instead of 10, to show an understanding of the subject
10. Send home study guides several nights before the test for review
11. Have your child complete seatwork in the resource room or library
12. Have uncompleted seatwork sent home to be completed, with a note to the parent to let her know about the extra work. Grades should not be lowered for seatwork handed in the next day
13. Allow the student to work with a classroom buddy at times
14. Permit the student to play with small items, providing an outlet for fidgeting
15. Have the teacher sign the assignment book each day to indicate that your child has the proper homework written down
16. Have an extra set of books at home
17. Use a website or homework hotline to list homework assignments, so that parents can check to see what should get done
18. Allow for “bad” homework days. Children with ADHD often take longer to complete homework assignments. Add one or two extra days to complete homework, especially if parents have notified the teacher that the student spent time working on the assignment. If a teacher is notified that homework took several hours but still was not completed, adjustments should be discussed and allowed
19. Have parents check off homework that was completed to let the teacher know it was done, even if the student cannot find it to turn in
20. Use a buddy system to help the student pack up at the end of the day and make sure he has all the materials and books he needs
When coming up with accommodations for your child, think about which areas your child struggles with during school and the comments you have received from teachers throughout the years. Think about what strategies you use at home that are helpful to your child. This should give you some idea of what types of accommodations you should ask for during the meeting. Note: Most of the accommodations listed here do not cost the school money and are not difficult to implement.