Is your child not performing according to their potential? They may need a concession or special Accommodation during exams.

Concession & Accommodations

A concession or accommodation assessment is used to determine if a learner or student requires certain support or accommodations to help him/her achieve his/her potential and are usually done during a child’s high school education.  Concession applications for Grade 12 examinations must submitted during the child’s Grade 11 year.

Concession and accommodation assessments are generally required by schools, education departments and the IEB when applying for learners to be granted the following concessions during examinations:

  • Additional Time– An additional five, ten or fifteen minutes per hour of examination is granted to learners.
  • A Scribe– A scribe writes verbatim what the learner dictates.  A separate venue is required for this accommodation.  The entire examination session must be recorded and a copy of the recording submitted with the answer booklet.
  • A Reader– A reader reads all text in an examination paper to a learner.  The learner may request sections of text to be re-read.  A separate venue is required for this accommodation.  The entire examination session must be recorded and a copy of the recording submitted with the answer booklet.
  • Amanuensis– An amanuensis is a person who reads to and scribes for the learner.  The entire examination session must be recorded and a copy of the recording submitted with the answer booklet.  A separate venue is required for this accommodation.
  • A Prompter– The function of a prompter is to refocus a learner who is easily distracted.  This may be done using a verbal or physical cue. A separate venue is required for this accommodation.  The prompter may not interfere with the learner’s answers to the examination.
  • Spelling – A spelling accommodation is awarded when there is a significant discrepancy between the chronological age and spelling age of the learner and the learner’s ability to express thoughts adequately is thus compromised.  A spelling sticker is placed on each of a learner’s answer books.  The marker must ignore the spelling as long as what is written is phonetically correct. Please note that in the languages in Paper I where textual editing is examined and spelling is part of the content knowledge required at Grade 12 level spelling will count.
  • Handwriting– A handwriting accommodation means that a sticker is placed on each of a learner’s answer books.  This indicates to the marker that untidy writing must be accommodated.
  • Braille– When the learner has been educated using Braille, examination papers can be offered in Braille.
  • Enlarged Print– Enlarged print can be requested to make an examination paper more accessible to a learner.
  • A Computer– A learner may use a computer to present his/her answers in a typed form.  Access to a printer is essential.  A separate venue is required for this accommodation.
  • Medication/Food Intake– Learners may require an opportunity to take medication during an examination and/or have access to food and beverages used to maintain sugar levels and treat low blood sugars.  Rest breaks should also be applied for in conjunction with this accommodation.  A separate venue is usually required when this accommodation is granted.
  • Practical Assistant– A practical assistant accommodates a learner’s specific needs to ensure he/she is able to complete an examination.  For example, a child in a wheelchair may require a practical assistant during a practical examination and a colour blind candidate may require a practical assistant in Geography Paper II.  The appropriate assistance must be provided without the practical assistant engaging in conversation with the candidate.  A separate venue is required for this accommodation.
  • Rest Breaks– A rest break is a period of time when the learner is not required to be at his/her desk but must remain in the examination venue.  Rest break time does not count as extra writing time.  The rest break time used will be added to the examination session.  A separate venue is required for this accommodation.
  • Separate Venue– A separate venue is a quiet environment away from the main examination centre.  The use of a separate venue is either to assist an individual learner or to prevent possible disturbance to others.
  • Special Equipment – The IEB must be notified of any specific equipment required. In circumstances where the use of specific equipment may distract others a separate venue may be requested.

Concessions and accommodations are granted once learners have been assessed and show at least an average intellectual ability and a significant long term learning disability which will compromise examination performance.

Applications for Concessions and Accommodations need to be accompanied by the following documentation:

  • Psycho-Educational Assessment– A full psycho-educational assessment which thoroughly assesses the barrier to learning and a comprehensive clinical history is required.  An educational assessment report completed within 6 months of the application must be submitted.
  • Relevant Medical Reports– A medical report from the relevant practitioner must be provided.  This report must include the date of diagnosis, diagnosis, intervention strategies (current and previous), residual challenges and the professional recommendation.
  • Supporting Historical Evidence– Any supporting reports such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, remedial programme reports or any other medical documents should be included to support the accommodation application.
  • Teacher Comments– At least three pertinent subject teacher comments should be included with the application. These should be written independently. The comments should provide an understanding of how the learner’s difficulties impact on work in class and in assessments. Therefore, comments from teachers of subjects where the learner’s difficulties are manifested should be included.
  • School Report– The most recent school report must be submitted as well as any other recent relevant school reports.
  • School Samples– Examples of work which support the consideration of the accommodation being applied for should be submitted. For example – a handwriting application would require submission of an example of timed deteriorating handwriting, a time accommodation would require samples of incomplete tests and a reading accommodation would require tests involving comprehension.

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Understanding High Functioning Autism in Children

Although they may vary slightly from person to person, children with High Functioning Autism (HFA) end to have similar symptoms, the main ones being:

  • A need to know when everything is happening in order not to feel completely overwhelmed
  • A rigid insistence on routine (where any change can cause an emotional and physiological meltdown)
  • Difficulties with social functioning, particularly in the rough and tumble of a school environment
  • Obsessive interests, with a focus on one subject to the exclusion of all others
  • Sensory issues, where they are oversensitive to bright light, loud sounds and unpleasant smells
  • Social isolation and struggles to make friends due to a lack of empathy, and an inability to pick up on or understand social graces and cues (such as stopping talking and allowing others to speak)

TIPS FOR ADULTS WHO WANT TO BETTER UNDERSTAND HFA

  1. “Typical" children and those with HFA may have very different ways of communicating their feeling about life events, including: managing emotions, learning from life events, incorporating rituals and traditions for managing life events, dealing with dying and death, and coping with illness, injury or recuperation. Just because children may process and communicate their feelings differently, though, doesn't mean it's right or wrong. It is best to be honest and literal to help these children to manage major life events. Provide information and allow them time to process it.
  2. A child with HFA may have difficulty understanding clichés or expressions and interpret a phrase literally. By speaking directly and factually, like saying "It's easy" as compared to "It's a piece of cake", the child is more likely to understand the line.
  3. HFA children have difficulty with transitions. So, don’t surprise them – let them know your plans.
  4. Body language, facial expressions, gestures, and turning away from someone may be cues that are missed by an HFA child. When this happens, it is another opportunity for parents to be direct and factual, realizing that their body language or social cues may not be picked up by their child.
  5. Children with HFA can manage situations by being aware of what they're feeling and thinking and expressing their thoughts to important adults in their life. Being aware of when they need help - and asking for it - is a good skill to have.
  6. Children with HFA take in information from their five senses as do “typical” children. The difference is that HFA kids are not able to process it as quickly and can become overwhelmed by the amount of information that they are receiving. As a result, they may withdraw as a coping mechanism.
  7. Due to the break of routine with family vacations, many parents of HFA children may avoid taking vacations. Steps can be taken to help make for a successful family vacation. One is sharing information with the child, like pictures or internet web pages. There are organizations that will make accommodations, if requested, to better manage uncertainty, crowds, and noise disruption. This includes theme parks who allow “special needs” children to skip long lines and airlines or airports that may allow for a dry-run prior to the trip. Also, prepare prior to the trip so that there is a plan for managing boredom.
  8. Many children with an autism spectrum disorder are hypersensitive to changes in sight, touch, smell, taste and sound. The sensory stimulus can be very distracting and can result in pain or anxiety. There are other autistic children who are hyposensitive and may not feel extreme changes in temperature or pain. Each of these has implications for making an autism-friendly environment.
  9. Since change of routine can be quite anxiety-producing for many HFA children, a structured, predictable routine makes for calmer and happier transitions during the day.
  10. Social stories have been a great method to communicate ways in which my HFA child can prepare herself for social interaction.
  11. Talking about - or engaging in - activities that the HFA child cares about is a great way to bond with him or her.
  12. When you find out that an HFA child may not be able to look you in the eyes, realize that he or she is not trying to be rude. It’s simply uncomfortable for some of these children to do

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