- Provide the use of a study carrel when necessary.
- Seat student in area free from distractions.
- Eliminate all unnecessary materials from student desk to reduce distractions.
- Use a checklist to help student get organized.
- Keep an extra supply of pencils, pens, books and paper in the classroom.
- You may have to allow the student frequent breaks.
- Have an agreed upon cue for student to leave the classroom.
- Reduce visual distractions in the classroom.
Time Management and Transitions
- Space short work periods with breaks.
- Provide additional time to complete assignment.
- Allow extra time for homework completion.
- Inform student with several reminders, several minutes apart, before changing from one activity to the next.
- Reduce amount of work from usual assignment.
- Provide a specific place for turning in assignments.
Presentation of Materials
- Modify expectations based on students needs.
- Break assignments into segments of shorter tasks.
- Give alternative assignments rather than long written assignments.
- Provide a model of end product.
- Provide written and verbal direction with visuals if possible.
- Break long assignments into small sequential steps, monitoring each step.
- Highlight to alert student attention to key points within the written direction of the assignment..
- Check that all homework assignments are written correctly in some kind of an agenda/homework book. Sign it and have parents sign it as well.
- Number and sequence steps in a task.
- Provide outlines, study guides, copies of overhead notes.
- Explain learning expectations to the student before beginning a lesson.
- Make sure you have the students attention before beginning a lesson.
- Allow for student to use tape recorders, computers, calculators and dictation to obtain and retain assignment success.
- Allow oral administration of test.
- Limit the number of concepts presented at one time.
- Provide incentives for beginning and completing material.
Assessment, Grading and Testing
- Provide a quiet setting for test taking, allow tests to be scribed if necessary and allowing for oral responses.
- Exempt student from district wide testing if possible.
- Divide test into small sections.
- Grade spelling separately from content.
- Allow as much time as needed to complete.
- Avoid time test.
- Change percentage of work required for passing grade.
- Permit retaking the test.
- Provide monitored breaks from test.
- Avoid confrontations and power struggles.
- Provide an appropriate peer role model.
- Modify rules that may discriminate against student with neurological disorder.
- Develop a system or code that will let the student know when behavior is not appropriate.
- Ignore attention seeking behaviors that are not disruptive to the classroom.
- Arrange a designated safe place that student can go to.
- Develop a code of conduct for the classroom and visually display it in an appropriate place where all students can see it, review it frequently.
- Develop a behavior intervention plan that is realistic and easily applied.
- Provide immediate reinforcers and feedback.
Delivering an academic program to a room full of unique students is certainly a challenge. Implementing some of the listed strategies will provide a comfortable learning place for all students regardless of their academic abilities.