What 504 provisions do you have for your child with ADD?

Discussion in 'Special Ed 101' started by rachelfran, May 29, 2008.

  1. rachelfran

    rachelfran New Member

    I'm filling out the form for the first time ...
    My daughter's doctor wrote in more time for tests & projects & a quiet place to complete tasks.

    Is there anything else available to her? She's a sophomore in high school and has been doing poorly in her very intensely large academic high school. There are over 3200 kids in this school and individual classes have 34 kids each.

    We're in the process of applying to a new school - which is considerably smaller - about 140 kids in the whole school with class sizes ranging from 5 kids to 20 kids! I'm hoping she gets in even though it means she'll have to stay in school an extra 6 months - 1 year in order to complete the new schools requirement for graduation.

  2. Sheila

    Sheila Moderator

    There are a ton of potential accommodations -- it just depends on what your child needs.

    Some examples:
    preferential seating
    pencil grasps
    administering medication
    extra set of books for home
    leaving class early to get to the next class
    reduce writing assignments
    answering odd or even questions on assignment
    etc., etc., etc.


    If you have a child that does not qualify for special education under IDEA but has a mental or physical impariment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, including learning, that child may qualify for special help in a regular classroom setting under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
    The following is a list of accomodations that may help your child succeed in the classroom. The list can be used as a reference for parents and school personnel.
    PHYSICAL ARRANGEMENT OF ROOM: seating student near the teacher
    seating student near a positive role model
    standing near the student when giving directions or presenting lessons
    avoiding distracting stimul (air conditioner, high traffice area, etc.)
    increasing distance between desks
    • pairing students to check work
    • writing key points on the board
    • providing peer tutoring
    • providing visual aids, large print, films
    • providing peer notetaker
    • making sure directions are understood
    • including a variety of activities during each lesson
    • repeating directions to the student after they have been given to the class: then have him/her repeat and explain directions to teacher
    • providing written outline
    • allowing student to tape record lessons
    • having child review key points orally
    • teaching through multi-sensory modes, visual, auditory, kinestetics, olfactory
    • using computer-assisted instruction
    • accompany oral directions with written directions for child to refer to blackboard or paper
    • provide a model to help students, post the model and refer to it often
    • provide cross age peer tutoring
    • to assist the student in finding the main idea underlying, highlighting, cue cards, etc.
    • breaking longer presentations into shorter segments
    • giving extra time to complete tasks
    • simplifying complex directions
    • handing worksheets out one at a time
    • reducing the reading level of the assignments
    • requiring fewer correct responses to achieve grade (quality vs. quantity)
    • allowing student to tape record assignments/homework
    • providing a structured routine in written form
    • providing study skills training/learning strategies
    • giving frequent short quizzes and avoiding long tests
    • shortening assignments; breaking work into smaller segments
    • allowing typewritten or computer printed assignments prepared by the student or dictated by the student and recorded by someone else if needed.
    • using self-monitoring devices
    • reducing homework assignments
    • not grading handwriting
    • student should not be allowed to use cursive or manuscript writing
    • reversals and transpositions of letters and numbers should not be marked wrong, reversals or transpositions should be pointed out for corrections
    • do not require lengthy outside reading assignments
    • teacher monitor students self-paced assignments (daily, weekly, bi-weekly)
    • arrangements for homework assignments to reach home with clear, concise directions
    • recognize and give credit for student's oral participation in class
    • allowing open book exams
    • giving exam orally
    • giving take home tests
    • using more objective items (fewer essay responses)
    • allowing student to give test answers on tape recorder
    • giving frequent short quizzes, not long exams
    • allowing extra time for exam
    • reading test item to student
    • avoid placing student under pressure of time or competition
    • provding peer assistance with organizational skills
    • assigning volunteer homework buddy
    • allowing student to have an extra set of books at home
    • sending daily/weekly progress reports home
    • developing a reward system for in-schoolwork and homework completion
    • providing student with a homework assignment notebook
    • use of timers to facilitate task completion
    • structure transitional and unstructured times (recess, hallways, lunchroom, locker room, library, assembly, field trips, etc.)
    • praising specific behaviors
    • using self-monitoring strategies
    • giving extra privileges and rewards
    • keeping classroom rules simple and clear
    • making "prudent use" of negative consequences
    • allowing for short breaks between assignments
    • cueing student to stay on task (nonverbal signal)
    • marking student's correct answers, not his mistakes
    • implementing a classroom behavior management system
    • allowing student time out of seat to run errands, etc.
    • ignoring inappropriate behaviors not drastically outside classroom limits
    • allowing legitimate movement
    • contracting with the student
    • increasing the immediacy of rewards
    • implementing time-out procedures
    Source: Nebraska Department of Education

    Technically, a 504 student is eligible for related services such as bus transportation, speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, etc.