These suggestions were developed from section 504 compliance suggestions for learning disabled youngsters in the classroom. They may help your child function better in the classroom, so review them and discuss options with your child’s teacher.

Physical Arrangement of the room

  • Seating student near teacher
  • Seating student near positive role model
  • Standing near the student when giving directions or presenting lessons
  • Avoiding distracting stimuli like air conditioners, other noises
  • Increasing the distance between desks

Lesson Presentation

  • Pairing students to check work
  • Writing key points on the board
  • Providing peer tutoring
  • Providing visual aids
  • Providing peer note taker
  • Making sure directions are understood
  • Including a variety of activities during each lesson
  • Breaking presentations into shorter segments
  • Providing written outlines for lectures
  • Allowing students to tape record lessons
  • Have child review key points orally
  • Teach through multi-sensory models
  • Use computer-assisted instruction


  • Giving extra time to complete tasks
  • Simplifying complex instructions
  • Handing worksheets out one at a time
  • Reducing the reading level of assignments
  • Requiring fewer correct answers to achieve a satisfactory grade
  • Allowing students to tape record lessons
  • Providing a structured routine in written form for papers, other assignments
  • Teaching study skills, etc.
  • Giving frequent short quizzes and avoiding long tests
  • Shortening assignments; breaking work into smaller segments
  • Allowing type-written or computer-printed assignments
  • Using self-monitoring devices
  • Reducing homework assignments
  • Not grading handwriting

Test Taking

  • Allowing open book exams
  • Giving oral exams
  • Giving take home tests
  • Using more objective items
  • Allowing extended time for exams
  • Allowing students to tape record test answers
  • Giving frequent short quizzes instead of long tests
  • Reading test items to students


  • Provide peer assistance with organization skills
  • Assign volunteer study buddy to check assignments
  • Allowing extra set of books for home
  • Sending daily/weekly progress reports
  • Developing a reward system for in-school work completion
  • Providing homework assignment book


  • Praising specific behaviors
  • Using self-monitoring strategies
  • Keeping rules simple and clear
  • Making limited use of negative consequences
  • Allowing short breaks between assignments
  • Cueing student to stay on task (nonverbal signal)
  • Contracting
  • Increasing immediacy of rewards
  • Marking correct answers
  • Allowing time out of seat to run errands or for other legitimate purpose
  • Implementing time out procedures
  • Ignoring inappropriate behavior



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