Parents of children with autism and Asperger’s syndrome may quickly become accustomed to IEP and Section 504 meetings, but if you feel as though different accommodations are necessary to make sure your child is getting the most out of their educational experience, Eileen Bailey at Health Central has twenty-three suggestions to consider with their education team.
If you are new to the experience, these suggestions can also give you a starting point for what could be included in your child’s plan if they would be helpful.
- Have a set routine for the school day. For younger students, provide a picture schedule. The schedule can be posted for all students to use or a small, desktop version can be created. Some students may do well if tasks are held with Velcro so they can remove them as the task is completed.
- Provide adequate notice for any change of schedule, except in cases of emergency.
- Provide lessons by giving a short summary of what will be covered, a detailed explanation and finish with a summary of the lesson.
- Provide an area of the classroom the student can retreat to in times of high stimulation or when overwhelmed.
- Identify distractions and take steps to minimize them. For example, if a child is sitting close to the heater, is it making noise that is distracting to the student.
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