Available accommodations may vary from school to school. This information is not intended to be representative of accommodations that can be provided within every school building. This information is intended to help equip families with language to consider what may be the best fit for their student, given their current school environment.
Sometimes, a student’s support team (teachers, parents, counselors, etc.) may decide supplementary accommodations and/or modifications will aid access to and participation in the school environment.
Accommodations and modifications are both meant to help a student learn. However, it is important to understand the critical differences between these types of aid.
- An accommodation is a change that helps a student overcome or work around a learning challenge. For example, allowing a student who has trouble writing to give answers orally is an example of an accommodation. The student is still expected to demonstrate knowledge of the same material and answer the same questions as fully as other students.
- A modification usually indicates a change to what is being expected from a student. Changing the nature of an assignment so the student is not doing the same level of work as other students is an example of a modification.
It is important the student’s support team carefully consider the use of accommodations or modifications and allowance is made to experiment with different options.
Below are lists of common accommodations and modifications. These examples are not representative of any type of direct recommendations from Hamlin Robinson School.
The following list includes examples of modifications. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list. These examples may or may not be appropriate for a particular student and may or may not be feasible in any given school setting. Please consult with the student’s professional support team to find the best ways to promote student learning.