General Strategies

The following is a list of possible services, strategies, and accommodations for identified
Students. Each case must be considered based upon theunique needs of the student
by the Section 504 Team.

Environmental Strategies

  • Provide a structured learning environment.
  • Adjust class schedule.
  • Provide classroom aides and note takers.
  • Modify nonacademic times such as lunch room and recess.
  • Modify physical education.
  • Change student seating.
  • Provide use of a study carrel.
  • Alter location of personal or classroom supplies for easier access or to minimize
    distraction.

Organizational Strategies

  • Modify test delivery.
  • Use tape recorders, computer-aided instruction, and other audiovisual and assistive
    technology equipment.
  • Select modified textbooks or workbooks.
  • Tailor homework assignments.
  • Use one-to-one tutorials.
  • Provide peer tutoring.
  • Set time expectations for assignments.
  • Provide tests in segments so that student finishes one segment before receiving
    the next part.
  • Highlight main ideas and supporting details in the book.

Behavior Strategies

  • Use behavioral management techniques.
  • Implement behavioral/academic contracts.
  • Use positive reinforcements (rewards).
  • Use negative reinforcements (consequences).
  • Confer with the student's parents and other teachers.
  • Establish a home/school communication system for behavior monitoring.
  • Post rules and consequences for classroom behavior.
  • Write a contract for student behavior.
  • Offer social reinforcers (e.g., praise) for appropriate behavior.
  • Establish daily/weekly progress report for the student.
  • Implement self-recording of behaviors

Presentation Strategies

  • Tape lessons for the student.
  • Provide photocopied material for extra practice (e.g., outlines, study guides).
  • Require fewer drill and practice activities.
  • Give both oral and visual instructions for assignments.
  • Vary the method of lesson presentation:
    a. Lecture
    b. Small groups
    c. Large groups
    d. Audio visuals
    e. Peer tutors or cross-age tutors (e.g., take notes, monitor assignments, read
    aloud, listen)
    f. Demonstrations
    g. Experiments
    h. Simulations
    i. Games
    j. One-to-one instruction with other adult
  • Provide for oral testing.
  • Ask student to repeat directions/assignments to ensure understanding.
  • Arrange for a mentor to work with the student in his or her interest area or area of
    greatest strength.

Methodology Strategies

  • Repeat and simplify instructions about in-class and homework assignments.
  • Supplement oral instructions with visual instructions.
  • Change instructional methods.

Curriculum Strategies

  • Assess whether student has the necessary prerequisite skills. Determine whether
    materials are appropriate to the student's current interest and functioning levels.
  • Use supplementary materials.
  • Implement study skill strategies (survey, read, recite, review). Introduce definition
    of new terms/vocabulary and review to check for understanding.
  • Limit amount of material presented on a single page.
  • Provide a sample or practice test.
  • Be aware of student's preferred learning style and provide appropriate
    instruction/materials.
  • Provide a word bank
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