As September rolls around, it’s a good time to check with all your clients who are students or in similar roles about accommodating the learning environment to boost success.
There are lots of clients who might benefit from accommodations:
✅ After concussion, accommodations can help students return to school earlier and manage symptoms better
✅ Patients with vestibular disorders can feel overwhelmed in busy environments, including schools
✅ Patients with balance challenges might also have trouble in busy school environments.
Remember ❌NOT ALL ACCOMMODATIONS ARE ACADEMIC❌ For some students, school-based accommodations might relate more to the school environment itself than to their learning.
Making some small changes to the school environment can make a huge difference in the participation and success of these clients. Examples of accommodations might include:
👊 Leaving class 5 minutes early to avoid the rush between classes. This can be helpful for both balance and sensory issues.
👊 Recording lectures. There are a few options here. Students can record audio and listen to it later, or there are apps (@notabilityapp is one) that can record a lecture and transcribe it to text, if that works better.
👊 Wearing a hat and/or sunglasses indoors can help with light sensitivity. Sometimes a note from a health care provider can help teachers understand why this is necessary.
👊 Extra time for tests or exams is often the first accommodation we think of, and it’s helpful for lots of different patients.
👊 Providing time, space, and permission to take quiet breaks as needed throughout the day.
Do you have any go-to accommodations that you’ve found beneficial? Anything that allows people to get back to school earlier or feel better while there is worth trying!