Strategies

It is important to note that all students, regardless of disability, have the responsibility to meet the terms of Simpson College’s Student Code of Conduct. If persistent disruptive behavior occurs, the issue should be treated as any other disciplinary issue within individual departments.

Instructional strategies and potential accommodations

  • Allow the use of notetakers, notebook computers and┬átape/digital recorders.
  • Modify seating arrangements when needed to decrease anxiety associated with large groups, maximize use of a tape recorder, allow for frequent trips to the rest room, etc.
  • Allow beverages in class (some medications create extreme thirst as a side effect).
  • Allow for periodic appointments outside of class to discuss progress, provide support and feedback, etc.
  • Demonstrate flexibility in attendance requirements in case of hospitalization or crises.
  • Allow incomplete or late withdrawals rather than failures in case of prolonged absences due to symptoms or hospitalization.
  • Extend the time allowed to complete assignments if appropriate.

Test adaptation and administration alternatives

  • Allow extended time for exams to compensate for anxiety or medication side effects.
  • Provide a quiet separate location to take exams to reduce test related anxiety.
  • Consider changes in exam format in cases where medication or symptoms inhibit a student’s ability to perform well on a specific type of exam, such as one heavily weighted cumulative final vs. a series of shorter noncumulative exams.

Communication suggestions

  • Discuss inappropriate classroom behavior with the student privately, directly and forthrightly. If necessary, provide specific guidelines of unacceptable conduct.
  • Do not attempt to diagnose or treat the psychological disorder, but do deal directly with the student’s behavior in class.
  • Document any incidents and provide the student with specific written directions or communication when possible.