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Accommodations & Classroom Strategies for Developmental Coordination (Motor Skills) Disabilities

Students with a developmental coordination disability may experience difficulties with motor skills such as:
  • Eye-hand coordination. An example is difficulty with handwriting
  • Small muscle control
  • Large muscle control eg clumsiness

Academic Accommodations

Once a learning disability has been diagnosed and evaluated by a registered Clinical or Educational Psychologist, the student may be eligible for academic accommodations including:
  • Using a computer for tests and exams
  • Audio recording of lectures
  • In-class peer note taker

Instructional Classroom Strategies

  • Class access to lecture notes or PowerPoint presentation slides
  • Allowing short-answer or point-form responses in content courses
  • Content tutor

For additional information, see the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada website

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