Category Archives: Accomodation

Occupational Therapy Accommodations for the Classroom

We are pleased to present to you this handbook titled “Occupational Therapy Accommodations for the Classroom.” As written in the introduction, this handbook was originally developed for by the Ventura County SELPA OT Network as the Tool Chest and further expanded by the occupational therapists of the Pleasant Valley School District for use by OTs, student study team and IEP team members. One of the contributing staff from Pleasant Valley School District is no other than Dahlia Dosdos-Saavedra, a Filipino occupational therapist.

Occupational Therapy Accommodations for the Classroom

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Dahlia, my dear friend… thank you and more power!
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Accommodations for Students with Motor Coordination Difficulties

CanChild is an international leader in the field of childhood disability research. They have a number of resources related to children and youth with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a motor skill disorder that interferes with children’s ability to perform many common, everyday tasks

Quoted below are just few of the common accommodations for students with motor coordination difficulties enumerated in CanChild’s education material titled “Succeeding at School: Accomodations for Students with Coordination Difficulties” (Pollock & Missiuna, 2007)

Seating/Positioning
• Preferential seating near the teacher
• Provide an angled desk or writing surface
• Adjust chair and/or desk height to maximize posture and stability
• Place a “Wiggle” cushion on the chair
• Place a non-skid mat on the chair
• Give the child permission to kneel on a chair or stand when working at a table
• Provide opportunities to get up for movement breaks
• Assign the end locker or cubby
• Label locker shelves
• Have a seat or bench available for dressing at recess, dismissal and physical education

Tools/Materials
• Try different types of paper (e.g., paper with highlighted margins or lines, colour coded paper for letter sizing, graph paper for lining up numbers and letters)
• Have the child write on alternate lines
• Try a variety of writing tools (e.g., ergonomically designed pens/pencils, gel pens, soft lead pencils, weighted pencils and pens)
• Use pencil grips
• Use spring loaded or loop scissors
• Use a single binder with dividers and inside pockets to hold papers
• Use a pencil case with three holes to include in binder to hold basic tools
• Provide an extra set of textbooks for the child to keep at home

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You may also want to read through this booklet designed to help parents and teachers identify and manage schoolaged children who are demonstrating a cluster of movement problems typical of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).

Accommodations for Students with Learning Disability

October is Learning Disabilities Month in the US and Canada. As we have featured the LD Basics and LD Quizzes, this post provides you with a list of articles featuring accomodations for students with LD.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (2006) defines accomodations as …

… alterations in the way tasks are presented that allow children with learning disabilities to complete the same assignments as other students. Accommodations do not alter the content of assignments, do not give students an unfair advantage or in the case of assessments, do not change what a test measures. They do make it possible for students with LD to show what they know without being impeded by their disability.