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23 classroom accommodation suggestions for kids with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

Posted by / October 20, 2012


Parents of children with autism and Asperger’s syndrome may quickly become accustomed to IEP and Section 504 meetings, but if you feel as though different accommodations are necessary to make sure your child is getting the most out of their educational experience, Eileen Bailey at Health Central has twenty-three suggestions to consider with their education team.

If you are new to the experience, these suggestions can also give you a starting point for what could be included in your child’s plan if they would be helpful.

– Have a set routine for the school day. For younger students, provide a picture schedule. The schedule can be posted for all students to use or a small, desktop version can be created. Some students may do well if tasks are held with Velcro so they can remove them as the task is completed.

– Provide adequate notice for any change of schedule, except in cases of emergency.

– Provide lessons by giving a short summary of what will be covered, a detailed explanation and finish with a summary of the lesson.

– Provide an area of the classroom the student can retreat to in times of high stimulation or when overwhelmed.

– Identify distractions and take steps to minimize them. For example, if a child is sitting close to the heater, is it making noise that is distracting to the student.

Full story at Health Central.

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  • Bev

    My only comment; if you have an IEP, make sure they know what they are doing. My grandson, like many children with autism, has a limited, acceptable (for them anyway) menu. His IEP insisted that he bring vegetables and fruit for school lunches when all he would eat, at that time was pizza and grilled cheese and the grilled cheese had to be burned on one side. He was sent to the principals office for not complying with her rules!!! We got rid of the IEP. He’s in 6th grade now and doing great

    • DEBI

      Hurray for you for throwing out that IEP! Although I don’t know the whole situation, I can’t believe that they could put what he could eat in the IEP! Accommodations and modifications are supposed to support the student to be successful in the regular classroom, not limit his life so he can’t function within the boundaries set.

  • The points mentioned are really helpful not only for childerns but also for their parents as well.
    I also like the idea of having a pictorial information sender system rather than just written circular like in other schools.
    So make sure before selecting any school for your lovely child that these points should be their in the guidelines in school.

  • IEP stands for Individual Education Plan, how do you throw one out?

    • Karen

      Christine, what do you mean by throw one out? If you mean the IEP, you can call a special review at any time and reexamine the goals, accommodations and modifications to the curriculum. They have 30-drays from the day you request the special review to schedule your meeting.

  • shawn

    Parents can call a meeting anytime to change the iep. Iep is more legal standing then a 504. And the iep can be used for college and you also get some funding if you have one. My son gets $750 each semester.

  • Dianne kessans

    Can you believe that my grandson’s teacher lower his grade on his book report he gave in front of the class BECAUSE HE COULD NOT LOOK EVERYONE IN THE EYE??????????