Health Impairments

You might see the student display

  • Not attending class regularly
  • Easily fatigued
  • Memory problems
  • Inattentive, drowsy
  • Frequent breaks during class

Top 10 teaching strategies to consider

1. Consider alternate/comparable assignments if student experiences a true health crisis and s/he has been in contact with you since the onset
2. Consider priority seating, allowing students to sit near the doors, or at the back of the class, so they can leave.
3. Discuss with the students, in advance, about needs for frequent breaks and settle on an arrangement.
4. Allow students to tape-record the class.
5. Review you classroom's physical set up.
6. Consider rules about not eating or drinking in class. This may be necessary for some.
7. Provide syllabus and lecture notes electronically on instructor's website.
8. Write on the board as much as possible.
9. If the student discloses an illness which may cause issues during class, e.g. seizure, be sure to ask how to deal with the event.
10. Consider the fact that many medicines will bring about these behaviors.

These are only some of the conditions that are characterized by health impairments.
Check out these other resources:
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Faculty/

If you would like to read more about this topic see Disability Services
"Faculty Training Tips: Guidance for Teaching Students with Disabilities, Chapter 7, pages, 153-160.