Testing Accommodations For Students With Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Then too, make certain your child gets plenty of sleep the night before testing, even if that means moving bedtime and waking time back by 10 or 15 minutes. It is easier to do this if you start several days ahead of time so that she can adjust to the change.

Make sure your child eats a good breakfast with protein that will keep his blood sugar steady and prevent mental and physical fatigue. Simplify your bedtime and morning routines to alleviate stress, so that he heads off to school on time and in a good, calm mood. If at all possible, have him walk or ride his bike or scooter to school so he gets focusing input before the day begins. Otherwise, you may want to drop him off at the schoolyard a few minutes early so he can get some movement and exercise before he enters the building. Encourage him to do some focusing physical activities (such as marching and touching his right hand to his upraised left knee then his left hand to his upraised right knee) before school and if possible, before the test and during breaks. Chair and wall pushups and stretching can help too. If he is not allowed to chew gum during the test, try giving him an oral toy to chew on to improve his focus-again, these can be found in therapy catalogues.

Don’t forget to ask your child what accommodations he finds helpful. Kids can surprise you with their awareness of what they need to do their best. Finally, be sure your child knows that doing her best is all you expect of her, that grades and scores don’t matter as much as perseverance, progress, and a good attitude. Ease her anxiety by sending her off to test day with a big hug and a promise of a special treat, whether it is video games on a weekday, her favorite supper, or a rare sugary treat at the end of the day.

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