More on placement and modifications

IDEA intentionally falls short on detailing specific types of educational placement, modifications, and related services. Because options are open, your childs IEP should reflect those programs and services uniquely appropriate for his needs. Advocates, disability organizations, and your childs medical team, teachers, and therapists can assist you in determining which options best suit your child, although ultimately you know your child best. The following are placement options listed from the least restrictive to the most restrictive.

• Regular education and accommodations

• Regular education and support services and accommodations

• Reduced day regular education and accommodations

• Regular education in team-taught classes (special education monitoring)

• Regular education and resource room for weak areas

• Special education placement and mainstream elective

• Special education self-contained placement

• Homebound instruction and support services

• Residential placement

Possible accommodations available through a 504 plan or IEP include:

• Personalized course selection

• Preferential seating

• Instruction of student in preferred learning mode

• Study groups with discussion for learning/memory

• Taping of classes for reinforcement

• Reduction in reading load

• Technology-supported reading

• Enlargement of print size

• Copy of peer notes to increase listening in class and reduce writing

• Copy of teachers planning notes prior to instruction

• Reduction in writing load

• Computer for written assignments

• Keyboard training (kindergartners are not too young to learn)

• Software for written language

• Use of preplanning organizers for written language

• Calculator use permitted after mastery demonstrated

• Extended time for tests

• Travel between classes with adult/responsible peer

• Locker placement consideration

• Organizational notebook for tracking assignments

• Assignment check-off system

• Breakdown of large assignments into steps

• Daily one-to-one tutoring with a certified special education specialist

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