What do these 4 words have in common?
They are all synonyms for the word modification.
They are also closely related to the word 'change'.
It's important to consider the synonyms for modification because when we are entrusted to create modifications for children with disabilities, we have to know what the possibilities are.
Here is what we can do:
We can change what's delivered.
We can differ the tools used to access content.
We can vary and adjust as we go.
And we can alter the standard to meet the needs of a specific child.
Provide age-respectful and age-appropriate content and materials
Here is what we absolutely, one hundred precent, no excuses, "must not ever", cannot do:
Provide a space for a child to be in a general education setting with zero modifications and expect them to be successful
Ignore modifications suggested by special educators and parents because "there is no time"
Provide a child zero opportunity to work on grade level, but give them "pre-school" and "baby" work
Indicate that "we don't do that here".
The sad fact is, this might be a short list of "cannots". If we are to provide equitable access to education, this means for every child. Every single one.
Every child is capable of learning when we give them the right tools.
If you are not sure how to your child's instruction is being modified, please reach out. I would love to support you on your journey.