Accommodating learning disabilities
If she has reading issues, she may struggle to learn history from a traditional textbook.Fortunately, there are changes in the classroom—called accommodations—that can remove these barriers.Assessment and Exams: Consider modifying exam procedures.Computer-scored or “bubble” answer sheets present a problem for some students.Consider allowing specific modifications that clarify the background information needed for the exam.For students who cannot recognize negative symbols, and so perform mathematical problems perfectly except for treating negative numbers as positive numbers, all you might need to do is highlight or circle the negative symbols on exams, thus allowing such students to “see” the symbols.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.
Certain students (for instance, students with a slower reading rate) might also need extra time for the exam and/or a separate room to filter out distraction or allow for oral rather than written questions (LNEC can provide a proctor).
You can also ask the Writing Center tutors to look for and go over such spelling issues with the student (send a written note with the student for the tutor).
For patterns of substituted words, you might mention the word the student needs or indicate a dictionary or a grammar handbook chapter that will explain the differences.
The accommodation simply helps her work around her challenges.
This is what makes accommodations different from modifications.Allowing specific accommodations gives all students a level “playing field,” and allows the student with disabilities an equal opportunity to prosper academically and contribute to society.