Teaching Tips - Health Impairments

  • Allow  students extended time to finish assignments  and/or develop work they can do at home if they are hospitalized  or unable to attend class due to illness.
  • Consider priority seating, allowing students to sit near the doors or at the back of the class so they  can leave.
  • Discuss with the students in advance if they will need frequent breaks from class. If so, work out an arrangement ahead of time.
  • Consult your DS office. If you've been told about a student's medication, be aware of how that medication will impact him.
  • Allow  students to tape-record the class.
  • Depending on the impairment, you'll need to look at how your classroom is set up. You may need to improve the lighting or work with disability services to provide a comfortable  chair.
  • You may want to reconsider rules about eating or drinking in class.
  • Give out as much written material as possible to augment lectures.
  • Write on the board as much as possible.


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