Psychosocial Impairments

Request and encourage student input on how to best accommodate the student's learning needs.

Establish and honor classroom schedules and practices. Let the student know ahead of time of any changes to the classroom routines.

In group activities, assign the student to a group with supportive peers. Provide clear instructions so that students know exactly what is expected of them.

Help the student learn to anticipate situations that will be difficult and to plan in advance appropriate response strategies.

Consider providing a quiet area where the student can take a time-out if necessary.

Consider the needs of students with disabilities during lab orientation and lab safety meetings.

Assign group activities in which all students take responsibility and contribute according to their abilities.

Use multiple formats—oral, written, visual, tactile, electronic—for instruction and demonstrations.

For general information about accommodations for students with disabilities in science classes, consult Working Together: Science Teachers and Students with Disabilities and The Winning Equation: Access + Attitude = Success in Math and Science.

For additional information, consult the AccessSTEM Knowledge Base.