Crozet Special Education

October 2013

What kind of support do you need?

The Special Education Team is always looking for thoughts, suggestions, or concerns you might have with students. If you need suggestions for a student's learning style let us know so we can brainstorm with you ideas and strategies that might work. We always appreciate your flexibility each day with those students who require support and guidance from our team. We are always happy to help!

Annie and Karen

and The SpEd Team

Knowing the RTI, 504 and Special Education Process

RTI Process:
Tier 1 - Benchmark Level – 80% of the students; All students receive instruction in the classroom; Data collected on the progress of all students (Fall, Winter, Spring) 6-8 weeks of data collection

Tier 2 - Strategic Level – 15% of the students; Students who do not respond adequately to core curriculum; targeted instruction provided; Below the 25th percentile; Push-in or pull out support; progress monitoring; approx. 60 min per week; 6-8 weeks data collection

Tier 3 - Referral for Evaluation for Special Services (testing is involved); Eligible or not Eligible; student could remain in Tier 3 Services, Recommended for a 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973) or Special Education Services (Individualized Education Plan)

504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - Definition of "disabled" under section 504 and American's with Disabilities Act: Any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such impairment and is regarded as having such an impairment.

Special Education Services - Special education is instruction that is specially designed to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. This means education that is individually developed to address a specific child’s needs that result from his or her disability. This is done with the Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Listen Up: 9 Ways to Help ADHD Kids Follow Directions

Getting kids to stop, listen, and comply in the classroom is a challenge for teachers.

While some instructors interpret inattention as defiance, the truth is that children with ADHD have legitimate reasons for not hearing directions: the inability to stop and disengage from what they’re doing and/or working-memory weaknesses.

Here are strategies to help ADHD students follow instructions in the classroom.

1. Wait until it is quiet, and you have students’ attention, before giving instructions.

Do not talk over students’ voices. Always face the class and speak up when you give directions.

2. Read written directions to the class...

...and have students color, highlight, circle, or underline key words.

3. Focus on the behavior you want to encourage in students...

...not on what they are doing wrong. State the directive or command in the form of what you want your students to do. For instance, “Look at the chart” or “Turn to your assignment calendar.”

4. Give complete directions...

including what you expect them to do (a) if they have any questions and (b) when they are finished with the task or assignment.

5. State the direction, remain silent, and wait...

...10 seconds for the child to comply.
If a child still doesn’t begin the task, address him by name and repeat the command, preceded by “You need to....” For instance, “Michael, you need to sit down at your desk right now.”

6. Be specific when issuing a command.

Instead of saying “behave appropriately” or “do careful work,” say, “bottoms in your chairs,” “book open to page 21,” and “desks cleared.”

7. Provide multisensory directions...

such as visual cues and graphics, along with verbal explanations. Demonstrate exactly what you want the kids to do. Place visual reminders, like the class schedule or a rules-and-routines chart, in plain view in the classroom.

8. Assign a classmate to clarify directions.

Ask one student to “tell your partner what we are going to be doing on page 247.”

9. Avoid multiple-step instructions - a chain of directions.

Whenever possible, give one instruction at a time. If multiple-step directions must be used, outline the steps and their sequence (1, 2, 3) in writing.

Adapted from and How to Reach and Teach Children with ADD/ADHD, Second Edition, Copyright 2005 by Sandra F. Rief.

Coming in November! Topical discussion on ADHD Hosted by the SpEd team.