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Accommodations

Park Century offers any necessary recommended accommodations that enhance student performance throughout their learning experience. Additionally, with passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), more and more independent schools are providing accommodations for students with special needs.  Listed below are some of the accommodations offered by other schools.

 

During the application process, parents of students with learning differences should check with each school to determine accommodations that are offered and be aware that documentation of the need for accommodations must be kept current through a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation every three years.

Extended Time on Tests


Many schools allow 50% or 100% extended time, but not unlimited time, on tests. Extended time on tests is a common accommodation that can often be negotiated with individual schools in a variety of ways. Some schools allow students to take tests in a specially designated room. Schools may require students requesting extra time on tests to come to school early or give up free periods.




Individual Room to take Exams


This is recommended if a student struggles with attention or needs to use an accommodation that might prove distracting to classmates, such as speech-to-text software, in order to produce their best quality writing on an exam.




Alternatives for Scantron Tests


A limited number of schools provide this accommodation, and some schools do not even use Scantron-form tests. A Scantron form is a machine-readable answer sheet that students complete by filling in bubbles corresponding to the chosen answer on a multiple-choice test question.
Learners with visual-perceptual problems may have difficulty filling in the bubbles on the Scantron sheet accurately. The most commonly used accommodation for this problem is to circle the answer in the test booklet, in which case the test is scored manually.




Use of Laptop Computer


Most, if not all, schools permit the use of laptop computers for note taking and use in the classroom; however, don’t assume that laptops are always permitted for use on tests or in-class essays. If this is something your child needs, always ask to make sure it’s allowed.




Use of Calculator


Some schools will consider this accommodation, with teacher permission. A school might also allow the use of a number table instead of a calculator for math. Calculators are helpful for LD students who understand mathematical concepts but have difficulty remembering or retrieving basic math facts. This accommodation should not be used as a substitute for learning and understanding basic math principles.




Audio Books


Audio books can be very helpful to students who have difficulty with decoding and reading fluency (especially in larger volumes of reading). An extensive library of audio books, including textbooks, is available through Learning Ally. Visit their website for a list of titles and membership information.




Note Takers


Some schools may provide this accommodation, where either the teacher provides a copy of their lecture notes, or a designated student provides a copy of their notes.




Assistive Technology


Assistive technology refers to a broad range of software that may be used to maintain, increase, or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a learning disability. Some widely-used aids include:

  • Writing through voice recognition or speech-to-text software (Dragon Naturally Speaking)
  • Voice recognition (Siri, Apple Dictation, Google Docs Voice Typing)
  • Text-to-speech reading software (Kurzweil 3000)
These technologies may be allowed if parents provide them and the student knows how to utilize the programs independently. Check with the individual school.




On Campus Tutorials/Homework Help


Although technically not an accommodation, this is a resource you might want to look for. Some schools provide after-school tutorials or homework help on campus.
Many LD students need academic coaching as a supplement to their classroom instruction. It is important for the parents to assess the child’s academic needs to determine whether academic coaching or more intensive intervention should be provided by an educational therapist. An educational therapist is a professional who combines educational and therapeutic approaches for evaluation, remediation, and communication/advocacy on behalf of children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities or learning problems. Click here to visit the Association of Educational Therapists website.





 

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