Special Accommodations for School and Standardized Testing

special school and testing psychological needs Students with disabilities (usually determined through testing by a psychologist, psychiatrist, or physician) are often eligible for Special Accommodations at school and/or during standardized testing. Typically, a psychological evaluation is necessary to make this determination, and then a report must be filed and/or paperwork completed for a school for standardized testing agency. Special Accommodations at school may include, but are not limited to:

  • Decreased amounts of homework
  • Additional time for completion of homework
  • Changes in seating or school/testing environment
  • Grouping by ability
  • Organizational changes in the classroom and home
  • Time management assistance in the classroom and home
  • A “shadow” or one-on-one companion
  • Ongoing feedback
  • Permission for the child to provide oral responses, rather than written responses where appropriate to demonstrate comprehension
  • Assistive technology, when available
For standardized testing, such as the PSAT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, or MCAT, the Special Accommodations may include, but are not limited to:
  • Extended time during testing
  • Use of a computer
  • Accommodations for students with hearing impairments
  • Extra or extended breaks
  • Adjustments to the presentation of the test
  • Modifications of allowable responses to the test
  • Alterations in the timing and scheduling of the test
  • Changes to the testing environment
If you believe that you may have a disability that would make you eligible to receive any of these accommodations, contact me today.

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In The Media / Jane Beresford, Psy.D.

E! Channel

E!Dr. Beresford provided psychological screenings and evaluations for “What’s Eating You?”, E! Channel’s reality show about extreme eating disorders. The series chronicled the lives of men and women whose very survival was at risk as they battled not only their distorted body images, but also self-created, life-threatening food rituals and compulsions.

Quoted in Books
Manopause: Your Guide To Surviving His Changing Life Dr. Beresford was interviewed by Lisa Friedman Bloch, co-author with Kathy Kirtland Silverman of “Manopause: Your Guide To Surviving His Changing Life” (Hay House, 2012), which explores how biological and psychological factors collide with the societal pressures men face, and provides advice on how women can help themselves and their men move through and enjoy this sometimes challenging phase. Dr. Beresford's experiences in working with couples during this transitional time are included in the book.