Thursday, October 20, 2016

Accommodations that may be useful for some students on the spectrum

Students on the spectrum may need a variety of accommodations in the classroom to be successful. Accommodations that are written into an IEP must be be implemented. Students on the spectrum are different from one another, so what one child may need may look entirely different from what another student with autism spectrum disorder needs. It is imperative that parents advocate for what they think that their child needs. You know your child better than anyone so you are the best person to state what you think your child needs to be successful. I have included a list of possible accommodations that may possibly benefit your child.

  1. Shortened Assignments
  2. Extended Time on Homework assignments
  3. Extended Time on Tests
  4. Separate location for Tests and or a Quiz
  5. Rewording of test questions
  6. Rephrasing of directions on assignments
  7. Visual Schedules
  8. Use of graphic organizers
  9. Use of Timer for upcoming transitions
  10. Breaks during the day
  11. Test Taking in a small group setting
  12. Use of a calculator
  13. Use of a word processor instead of writing
  14. Use of a scribe during tests
  15. Incorporation of sensory tools such as balls, bands,buzzers, and brushes
  16.  Extra time to process oral directions
  17. Repeat oral directions
  18. Larger print
  19. use of audio book
  20. use of audio microphone during instruction
  21. use of social stories before transition
  22. Use of multiple choice instead of written response

*There are many other possible accommodations that could be added to this list*


  1. Thank you for this post! My son also has ASD and just went into the 7th grade. I requested a 501 in 6th grade and he never got it and my request was ignored. His grades are now failing but takes tests wonderfully. The only staff trained to deal with such issues has left and I feel no one there is helpful and act as if Im causing a problem. Ive asked for a teacher more understanding of the disorder but they bow have none. What can I do to advocate and make sure my twice exceptional child is not slipping through the cracks? How can I find a place or teacher more fitting to his needs. I'm willing to move so he has a better chance but am having a hard time finding updated information. Do you know anyplace that would fit such needs?

    1. I would recommend pursuing an IEP. I wrote a recent post that discusses the benefits of an IEP. I would recommend looking at putting a referral into special education. The referral should be put into writing. I would recommend reading all of my posts about IEPs. I would be happy to answer any additional questions that you may have after you read the posts. Take Care!