When students demonstrates a need for specialized supports, its always best to use accommodations that target the specific skill or behavior. Many IEP's and 504 Plans include generalized accommodations that are a good start and may even work at first. However, when the students progress stalls or declines the next step is to do more research.
Starting Points for Research
What Works: The What Works Clearinghouse is the best place to start for both parents and professionals. It provides uses with the tools to make evidence-based decisions on what applications, strategies, or methods work best.
Professional Consultation: Reaching out to experts in the field bridges the gap between research and practice. Most scholars can be reached by phone or email and many are very open to sharing their expertise. Start with local colleges, universities, and national organizations. My favorites are National Association for Gifted Children and Council for Exceptional Children.
Dr. Owens is an educator, expert, and advocate for children with exceptional abilities. A Florida native, she enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, and languages. Dr. Owens resides in Charleston, South Carolina with her young family.