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Three different types of accommodations and modifications

Updated: Feb 13, 2022


When it comes to accommodations and modifications in the classroom, there are three main types: academic, behavioral, and environmental. Each type of accommodation can help a student succeed in the classroom setting, but it’s important to know which type will be most beneficial for each individual student.


Special education teachers know that accommodations and modifications can be confusing. There are three main types of accommodations: academic, behavioral, and environmental. Each type can help a student succeed in the classroom setting, but it’s important to know which type will be most beneficial for each individual student.


Here are three points to keep in mind when it comes to choosing the right accommodations and modifications for your students:

  1. Every student is different, so it’s important to tailor accommodations and modifications specifically for each individual student.

  2. Not all students need the same accommodations or modifications in order to be successful in the classroom.

  3. It’s important to keep in mind both the academic and behavioral needs of your students when choosing accommodations and modifications.

Academic Accommodations & Modifications

There are several different types of academic accommodations, but there are three main subcategories:


Read/Write Accommodations

These accommodations typically include alternative methods for taking tests or writing assignments that help students to compensate for any learning or physical disabilities they have.


5 common reading accommodations to include in an IEP

  1. Offering additional time for reading

  2. Providing extra help with reading comprehension

  3. Printing text in a larger typeface

  4. Providing an ESL student with translated texts or materials

  5. Increasing the amount of time students have to complete all assignments

5 common reading accommodations to include in an IEP

  1. Offering additional time for writing

  2. Providing extra help with grammar and punctuation

  3. Allowing students to type their essays instead of hand-writing them

  4. Giving students the opportunity to rewrite essays or drafts multiple times

  5. Letting students know in advance what the essay topic will be

Math Accommodations

These accommodations are similar to read/write accommodations but are used for any learning or physical disabilities involving math skills, including calculating numbers and graphs, adding numbers, subtracting numbers, solving equations, etc.