Navigating the world of special education and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for children with dyslexia can be daunting. This video serves as a comprehensive guide for parents and teachers, detailing the right accommodations and modifications to support students with dyslexia.

Understanding Accommodations vs. Modifications

Accommodations: Changes that help students work around their disability, without altering what is taught.

Modifications: Alterations to the curriculum or expectations, changing the level or content of work.

List of Possible Accommodations

Extended time for assignments and tests.

Preferential seating to minimize distractions.

Oral testing options.

Read-aloud or audiobook options for assignments.

Assistive technology like speech-to-text software.

Alternative assignment formats (videos, audio recordings).

Use of visual aids and graphic organizers.

Breaks during tasks.

Note-taking assistance.

Simplified written instructions.

(... and 22 more accommodations listed in the video ...)

In empowering a child with dyslexia, the right IEP is a powerful tool for success.

List of Possible Modifications

Abbreviated assignments to demonstrate concept understanding.

Multisensory instruction techniques.

Specialized reading materials designed for dyslexic readers.

Chunking information into manageable parts.

Reduced homework load.

Explicit teaching of decoding strategies.

Provision of summaries for lengthy reading materials.

(... and 10 more modifications listed in the video ...)

Key Takeaways:

Use accommodations and modifications as scaffolding, not a crutch.
Aim for the 'Goldilocks rule' in learning – not too easy, not too hard.
The goal is to improve learning skills so that accommodations and modifications are eventually unnecessary.
Understanding and applying specific accommodations can transform a child's learning experience.


Creating an effective IEP for a student with dyslexia involves a careful balance of accommodations and modifications. This video aims to guide parents and teachers in selecting the right supports to enhance learning outcomes for students with dyslexia, ultimately leading to their long-term success.

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