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Teaching Strategies to Support Neurodivergent Students in the Classroom

​​​​​​A few overall strategies to consider include: 

  • Provide outlines of each lesson at the beginning of class (or agendas for meetings)
  • Give estimated timelines for each topic (or agenda items)
  • Stay on track with outlines and agendas, and avoid tangents when possible
  • Provide visual diagrams or representations of information, including a Graphic Syllabus 
  • Provide info verbally & written, in print & online, and in different formats
  • Record your lectures, either in advance or the live lecture, and provide a recorded copy for students to reference later. 
  • Ensure your instruction materials follow accessibility best practices so that students can use assistive technology, such as text-to-speech to listen to written content. 
  • Give advanced notice and multiple reminders for upcoming assignments, tests, etc. 
  • Ask about sensory needs of all students – try to eliminate background noise, harsh or flickering lighting, visual distractions, etc.
  • Utilize Universal Design for Learning guidelines, which helps make instruction more accessible to all students. 
  • Share tools your students can use on campus, including software such as Read & Write Gold. 
  • Share information about the Office of Disability Services and accommodations that students can pursue if it would be helpful. 
  • Allow students to move about the classroom, and allow fidget toys in the classroom and during exams. 
  • Ask for feedback multiple times throughout the semester.