Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

Do you wonder if an accommodation could help your child with dyslexia or another learning disability? Have you heard about modifications and wonder if they could help your child with autism, learn how to read? This article will discuss accommodations and modifications for children with a disability, who receive special education services.

Accommodations for testing or for academics are defined as helping a student be able to participate, in testing or academics. The type of accommodations, depend on the child’s disability and educational needs. Below will be discussed accommodations that are available to be used, though this list is not exhaustive!

Modifications for testing or for academics are defined as, changing the test or academics, so that the child with a disability can participate in the testing or academics. Below will be discussed types of modifications that can be used.

1. The curriculum can be modified so that the child with a disability can participate in academics. For Example: If a child is in 2nd grade the reading curriculum may be modified to help a child learn to read that is reading below grade level.

2. The expectations can be modified if a child cannot reach the same level as the children in their class or grade.

3. Instead of regular district and state wide testing, the testing could be an alternative type of testing or reliance on a portfolio.

4. Use a different spelling list than the list that the class is using.


1. Directions read aloud and repeated.

2. Large Print Version of Test

3. Point to answers on a test, give oral answers (good accommodation for children with Dysgraphia-inability to write), or tape record answers.

4. Use computer for assignments or tests. (also good for children with Dysgraphia).

5. Take test in another room 1-1. (good accommodation for a child with attention difficulties).

6. Extended time on testing and assignments.

7. Test taking over several days (good accommodation for a child with ADHD).

8. Seat student in quiet area or near a study buddy.

9. Shorten assignments and reduce homework.

10. Increase immediacy of rewards.

11. Allow student to stand at times while working.

12. Allow use of a calculator for Math.

13. Send daily/weekly progress reports home.

14. Praise compliant behavior and give immediate feedback for good behavior.

The difference between accommodations and modifications is that accommodations help a child with a disability learn from the same curriculum, and participate in testing; modifications are actually changing the curriculum or the testing. If you think your child could benefit from accommodations or modifications bring it up at your child’s IEP meeting, and make sure that it is written in your child’s IEP.

By rahul