8th Grade Accommodations - 2004

1 - 2 sets of textbooks, one to leave at home, one for school.  (we did have to pay some of the cost of the 2nd set, but were able to get them almost all used on Amazon - or from families of students who had used the same texts in prior years)

2 - assigned note taking buddies (because DS still can't write fast enough to take notes, he now has a university provided digital recorder) - who not only took notes in class, but who also  wrote down the assignments.  If you can't do that, you sure can ask for teachers to write the assignments, although we found most teachers would not, once DS passed 8th grade.

3- a aide to make sure the email captured the assignments correctly and that he actually hit send after he wrote the email.

4 - all homework to be submitted by email with hard copy to follow.  Hard copies of homework were to be turned into the teachers' office mailboxes upon arrival at school so DS wouldn't have to keep track of the papers all day. 

5 - a one-on-one LD tutor who worked only on organizational issues and study skills -- DS met with her at least 3 times a week - we paid out of pocket for that.  You might be able to accomplish the same with resource room, if the school has trained special ed staff assigned to the resource room.

6 - Talk to type software for written papers -- he still uses it in college....along with an automatic outlining program.

7 - We bought those engraveable metal pet tags you buy at the pet store, engraved his name, address and phone number on them and then replaced the zipper pulls on his jackets, backpack, camera case -- anything that had a loop or pull that he could loose had a metal identifying tag -- after we did that almost everything he lost at school or synagogue came back to us --- as well as a jacket he left on METRO

8 - All work, both in class and at home, including his Spanish to be done on the computer (you can download whatever characters you need that aren't on your computer)

9 - Supervised in school homework time -- DS took one less elective each term and had what we called structured study hall.  SpEd staff was there to help him organize, start, and sometimes even complete assignments -- which were then turned in before he ever left school.

9 - One-on-one speech pragmatics at least twice a week.  DS simply never accomplished anything in the social skills or speech pragmatics groups -- he had to learn it one-on-one.  (BTW - Teaching him etiquette by rote worked a lot better than social skills groups)  We finally were able to get the insurance to pay for part of the speech therapy -- the school paid part -- and we paid the balance.

10 - Does she manage her own asthma medication?  To my amazement, with the help of alarms on his watch, DS could manage his own meds and liquid intake -- for his kidney disorder -- quite well and when he did he seemed to have fewer infections.

11 - Supervised locker clean out and reorganize at least once a week - - again in DS's private school a Special Ed staff function.  When DS was in public school, I used to have to come in and do it.

12 - Grouping for projects, labwork, etc with more organized high functioning students...I simply insisted on that and had DS moved whenever he was grouped with slouchers.....

You didn't mention the homeside at all -- but I found it helped to have

1 - an organized dedicated homework site and a set time for homework.
2 - a specific labeled shelf (as you would find in a pre-school) for school and library books that travel back and forth and a second labeled shelf for dictionaries and other commonly needed materials
3- a labeled or color coded hook for her backpack and a similar color coded or labeled hook for her coat. 
4 - a list of classmates' names and phone numbers  for each class, so she can phone someone to clarify assignments

-Callie Gass October, 2004

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