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Classroom Accommodations

As part of the Learning Support program here at ISM, each child receiving Learning Support Services are provided classroom accommodations individualized for them, provided that they are reasonable and allow better access to the grade level curriculum. A list of suggested accommodations available at ISM are listed here.


  • Extended time
  • Frequent breaks


Group Size

  • Small group
  • Individual instruction



  • Preferential seating
  • Minimal distractions
  • Short breaks as needed
  • Provide cue for on-task behavior
  • Proximity control


Alternate Means of Assessment/class work

  • Opportunity to respond orally
  • Mac speak for dictated responses or tape recorder
  • Use of word processor
  • Access to spell check or spelling assistant such as Franklin
  • Visual representation

Assistance with Verbal Input

  • Note-taking assistance
  • Copy of teachers notes or peer notes
  • Instructions in writing
  • Break into multi-step instructions
  • Frequent checks for understanding


  • Shortened assignments
  • Clearly defined limits/ expectations
  • Positive reinforcement system
  • Peer tutoring/ paired work
  • Break long term assignments into chunks
  • Pre-teach vocabulary/ content

Testing Accommodations

  • Extended time
  • Flexible schedule (for breaks)
  • Small group administration
  • Assistance with directions
  • Test items read orally
  • Verbal response to questions
  • Use of a word processor
  • Tape record answers
  • Calculator


  • Daily planner check
  • Binder checks
  • Locker checks
  • Breakdown assignments into manageable tasks

Reading Skills

  • Check frequently for understanding
  • Do not ask student to read aloud
  • Allow additional time for reading assignments
  • Audio versions of novels
  • Pre-teach content/ vocabulary

Writing Skills

  • Word processing with spell check
  • Access to voice recognition program
  • Shortened word limits
  • Pre-planning for writing
  • Graphic organizers
  • Not penalized for spelling errors
  • Copy of teacher/ peer notes


Math skills

  • Use of a calculator
  • Chunk functional applications together
  • Notes for test and quizzes

Science/ Social Studies Skills

  • Pre-teach vocabulary/ concepts
  • Copy of notes