I have a meeting tomorrow to update my youngest son's 504 plan. He has a 504 because he has bone tumors (benign) pretty much everywhere, and there's a few that really get in the way of learning to write. Anyway, the reason I'm posting is to get a few more ideas on accomodations that can be realistically made in the classroom. He can write letters, but it's intensely difficult for him (and sometimes painful), and to make them neat somebody has to stand over him and watch him write every letter. I know that's not something that can be done in the classroom, but I really don't know what CAN be done. Up until this point, his teachers have just been letting him turn in horrendously messy papers. I feel that there needs to be some sort of plan in place to gradually expect more and more from him. So, here's what's already being done: -Since a lot of writing frustrates him, any situation where writing can be minimized, it is. For example, if he has a worksheet with a wordbank, the words are given letter choices and he just writes in the letters instead of the whole word. -Certain assignments are reduced. For example, if the class has to write a sentence with all 10 spelling words, he only has to write words with 5 -If his frustration and/or pain gets to "shut down" stage, the teacher verbally assesses what needs to be assessed. -The school provides the "fat" pencils (so do I, but you know how kids are), since they're easier for him to control. He also works with an occupational therapist to help him learn writing skills. My goal is for him to learn what he needs to and "graduate" from his 504 by the end of elementary school. Oh, and on a side note, typing isn't a good answer. The location of the tumors on his wrists make it very painful to hold his hands over a keyboard. Yes, he'll need to learn to type eventually, but we don't want to add any more issues at this date.