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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Individualized Instruction for Students with Special Needs Through Modifying the Time Demands

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices. Accordingly, our mentees should know how to individualize instruction.

Below you will find the third of four ways to individualize instruction for students with special needs by modifying the time demands.

*Chart of Individualized Modifications for Students with Special Needs

Special Education Modifications

Sample Modifications for Individualized Instruction

Modify the time demands

· Increase the amount of time given to complete assignments and tests. Use contracts to delineate what the student is to complete at a certain point in time.

· Reduce the amount of work or length of tests.

· Teach time management skills.

· Space work periods with breaks based on student’s needs.

· Alternate demanding tasks with simpler activities.

· Alternate quiet and active times.

· Give a specific task to perform within a specific time period.

*This is taken, with permission, from the website of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ), special needs menu, Retrieved January 30, 2009.

On the next post we will examine the forth of four different types of instructional modifications, modifying the assessments.

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