Once you’ve become part of the special education world, you find yourself suddenly enmeshed in countless buzz phrases and acronyms. When you’re already overwhelmed with assuring that your child’s needs are met, this can be an extra layer that many find difficult. So that you can focus on what really matters, we’re here to help navigate this new language you suddenly need to learn.
The first piece of lingo I’d like to discuss is accommodations versus modifications. Although these seem very similar, they have different meanings.
When accommodations are used, the material taught is not changed. The student still learns the same content as their classmates. However, the student obtains that content in a different way. This is the how.
When modifications are used, the material taught is changed, usually to make it easier and more accessible to a child with learning differences. This is the what.