When they do not meet the specific needs of a child, they can be adapted or expanded to accommodate that child's individual needs.
The purpose of an adaptation is to assist children in compensating for intellectual, physical or behavioral challenges.
To meet the specific needs of a child, changes may need to be made in one or more of the following instructional conditions – remember, when the child can participate in an activity as it is, no changes need to be made: Reprinted with permission from "Accommodating All Children in the Early Childhood Classroom," Copyright 2002, Circle of Inclusion Project, University of Kansas, Lawrence. Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (
document for more information about allowable practices to accommodate any students’ assessment needs, including support for students who are English Language Learners, possible accommodations/modifications for students who have an IEP, and the difference between standard and nonstandard administration of PALS.
Allowing specific accommodations gives all students a level “playing field,” and allows the student with disabilities an equal opportunity to prosper academically and contribute to society.
The careers of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and Niels Bohr, for instance, show what persons with learning disabilities can accomplish despite initial difficulties.
When correcting a students’ spelling, punctuation, or misused words, don’t simply mark what is wrong, but help the student see the correct version.
For repeated spelling errors and word substitutions, it may help to provide the correct spelling for the word above or to the side of the incorrect word, and to underline or circle the letters that are different, particularly if they are transposed.
Once implemented, their effectiveness should be assessed on an ongoing basis and revised as needed. Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. While many students find it easy to join campus groups, for students with disabilities, joining a campus organization may require more than signing up for an email list or attending a monthly meeting.Students who may need special accommodations can look for help at the KU Student Access Center, which is part of the Academic Achievement and Access Center.Andrew Shoemaker, director of the KU Student Access Center, said students can submit requests for accommodations and it will do their best to fulfill them.