When determining eligibility for an Individualized Education Program (IEP), it's crucial to consider how trauma can significantly affect a student's learning and overall well-being. Understanding the connection between trauma and a student's qualification under the learning disability category is vital. This blog explores the key points that IEP teams should consider when trauma is a potential factor in a student's educational journey.
In wrapping up, let's remember that we're all in this together, working to ensure the best for our students. When it comes to the complex question of how trauma affects eligibility for an IEP, a compassionate and informed approach makes all the difference.
The journey may have its ups and downs, but with care and consideration, we can make a world of difference in their lives.
Here's to supporting every student's unique needs, one IEP at a time!
You did the assessments. You have the data. But how do you decide if the lagging skills should be a goal area, an accommodation, or a modification?
Let me tell you!
Here's how I decide if a lagging skill should be a goal area, an accommodation, or a modification!
I start by asking...
What areas of the curriculum are impacted by the student's disability?
Then, I go through each item I listed and ask...
Can we put an accommodation or modification in place to remove this hurdle to the curriculum?
Is this a hurdle that requires Specially Designed Instruction?
Now, I review my list and...
1-Add accommodations to the IEP
-be specific & choose appropriate accommodations for the student's disability
2-Hurdles that need Specially Designed Instruction are your goal areas!
Hurdles: Fluency, Comprehension
Classroom Accommodation(s): Text to Speech for content area materials
This Classroom Accommodation will support the student's ability to access the grade level material in the classroom, but this lagging skill also requires Specially Designed Instruction SO it may also need to be an IEP goal area, in this student's case.
By the end of the IEP period, STUDENT will achieve a benchmark score of 16 (or higher) of the DIBELS' subtest MAZE.
STUDENT will a score of 96 (or higher) on 3 consecutive administrations of the DIBELS' Oral Reading Fluency - Accuracy.
Hurdles: Written Expression
Classroom Accommodation(s): Speech to Text, Exemplars of Writing Assignments, Word Banks for Content Area Vocabulary
This student's evaluations demonstrated that the student had the skills in the area of Written Expression; however, the student was not always demonstrating these skills in the classroom. Based upon assessment and observation data, the Classroom Accommodations of Speech to Text, Exemplars of Writing Assignments, Word Banks for Content Area Vocabulary will support the student in overcoming the hurdle in the area of Written Expression. This student would not require Specially Designed Instruction in Written Expression so no IEP goal needed for Written Expression!
Click HERE to grab a pdf of this chart for your own teaching!
And once you choose your goal areas, check out my blog post on how to write SMART IEP goals!
Happy & Healthy Teaching!
So what really is the difference between an ACCOMMODATION and a MODIFICATION? Aren't they the same thing?
No. Accommodations and modifications are different from each other!
An accommodation is a way to help students learn the same material or take the same test in a different way.
A modification is a change to what the student is expected to learn.
By: Miss Rae
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An IEP at a Glance is an abbreviated document that provides a quick reference to a student's IEP.
It allows for quick reference of ...
*specially designed instructions
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