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The Best Accommodations for Executive Function

1) Have the IEP team appoint ONE point of contact. Parents and teacher must be in constant contact and work as a team with the student. One staff member can keep the parent informed and to give weekly reports on the status of grades and missing work. This staff member can advocate for the student to the other teachers.

2) Ask for an assistive technology evaluation. It could be a valuable asset to help the student stay organized.

3) A trial of ADHD medication can sometimes be helpful but it will not cure the disability. It is only a tool. The school cannot require the student to take medication.

4) Do not take points of assignments for lateness. EVER. Students still need to DO the assignments and get full credit. Even if the assignment is done late, the student is still learning. In the end, the goal of school is to help kids learn the material. It should not be all about deadlines and grades. Even if the process is slower, learning is still happening.

5) Give credit for class participation. This is frequently done in special needs schools and it makes perfect sense. I find it ironic when a teacher talks about how great a student is in class such as participating in class discussion yet they do not get any credit for it.

6) Offer the opportunity for alternative assignments. If it doesn't make sense for an uncompleted assignment to be done, such as something based on a test already taken, the student should have the option of doing a make up assignment designed by the teacher.

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