School Accommodations

For kids with sensory issues, going to school presents special challenges. There are loud, sudden buzzers going off, crowds of students in the hallway bumping into each other, strong odors wafting around the lunchroom, and other sensory experiences some students really have a hard time with. Luckily, there are many accommodations that can help kids tolerate the sensory environment at school so they can focus, learn, and socialize better. Sometimes, parents get these accommodations formalized into their child’s IEP or 504 plan. However, many teachers and administrators are quite willing to informally implement accommodations that will help students learn without adding them to legal documents.

Please see our “Working with Schools” page for lots of accommodations that are frequently made at school, including things like: Some helpful accommodations for kids with sensory issues include:

Here are some helpful tips for approaching teachers about these accommodations: