Accommodations, Modifications, & Assistive Technology
Some students with disabilities need accommodations or modifications to their educational program in order to participate in the general curriculum and to be successful in school. While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its regulations do not define accommodations or modifications, there is some agreement as to what they mean.
This article will introduce parents to the role of AT in helping their
children with LD. The better informed you are about AT the greater the chances are that your child will experience success in school, recreation, and eventually, at work. You will also want to learn how to choose AT tools that are reliable and how to select technology that is tailored to your child’s individual needs, abilities, and experience.
Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the core symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A child’s academic success is often dependent on his or her ability to attend to tasks and teacher and classroom expectations with minimal distraction. Such skill enables a student to acquire necessary information, complete assignments, and participate in classroom activities and discussions (Forness & Kavale, 2001). When a child exhibits behaviors associated with ADHD, consequences may include difficulties with academics and with forming relationships with his or her peers if appropriate instructional methodologies and interventions are not implemented.
ADDitude’s Classroom Accommodations to Help Students with AD/HD