When students require modifications in the classroom it can be beneficial to put an action plan into place to ensure that the modifications are actually helping the student. Sometimes school based therapists, students or school psychologists recommend modifications to occur in the classroom on a day to day basis. It is important to make sure that the modifications are doable and helpful. Here are some steps to take to move into action with a teamwork approach.
- Collaborate and strategize with the team to determine the modification that the student requires.
- Determine the objectives/purpose of the modification. Set goals.
- Schedule when the modifications will occur.
- Establish who will help (teacher, therapist, parents, peer, student) implement the modification.
- Decide where the modifications will be implemented (in class, outside of class, at home, etc).
- Student ACTS and uses the modification.
- Check improvement and MONITOR PROGRESS! This is such an important part of establishing the benefit of modifications for students. Sometimes year after year, modifications continue to roll over on students IEPs into the next school year without have data to back up why or how the modification is beneficial for the student. Remember to revisit the goals that were set when creating the action plan and collect data on whether the modifications are advantageous for the student. If not, start over again back at step one.
Modifications and Interventions for School – Reporting Forms provides pediatric therapists with over sixty, reproducible reporting forms with hundreds of suggested modifications and interventions for students. Interventions are listed by skill areas such as handwriting, scissors, dressing, walking, stairs, wheelchair skills and sensory skills. This book is a great tool for all school based therapists and teachers to determine what modifications and interventions are successful for a particular student. Find out more information.
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