Classroom Accommodations

Parents and adults should be aware that if they receive a diagnosis of a learning disability, ADHD, Language Disorder, Autism, or Emotional Problems, they may be entitled to a number of accommodations in the classroom to enhance learning.

The most common accommodations include:
• Extended time on tests, both classroom and standardized, to best assess knowledge and abilities.
• Preferential seating to reduce distractibility in the classroom.
• Testing in separate location to minimize distractions.
• Allow frequent breaks.
• Instructions repeated and/or paraphrased for the student.
• Have student repeat questions before answering.
• Permission to give oral rather than written responses.
• Tape-recoding of lectures.
• Provide books-on-tape.
• Use of a laptop computer in the classroom to compensate for writing difficulties.
• Use of visual aids such as graphs and charts to help understand written material.
• Keep assignments short.
• Extended time for homework assignments.

Further information on classroom accommodations can be obtained online at