Developing the Accessibility Profile with the Individual Copy

Where you have a pupil you believe is struggling, you can invite them to sit down and complete a SWOT on their own. This has the advantage of you being able to support and encourage them through the exercise. You can talk about solutions on a one to one basis.Alternatively, you can still get the information by doing a whole class exercise and examining their responses individually. This has the advantage of not singling out any one individual and it may encourage more honesty and engagement. You have to make your decision based on your knowledge of the students and the class dynamics. Below we have an example of a completed SWOT, filled in by a 12-year-old boy who has been struggling to keep up in class. He doesn’t have a diagnosis of any condition but you suspect he might have ADHD.

For the individual pupil:

Strengths

I can concentrate for hours on lego

Fidgeting helps me concentrate

I like maths
Weaknesses 

It’s hard to hold a pencil 

I forget things a lot 

Not good at catching
Opportunities
I like learning from videos

Short breaks in class would help me

I would like a fidget toy at school 
Threats
I don’t like it when it is noisy

I don’t being singled out

People teasing me

Having collected the information from the SWOT you can then develop solutions for the pupil. This is something you may want to do in consultation with colleagues and professionals.

StrengthsSolution to improve the environment and make it more inclusiveWeaknesses Solution to improve the environment and make it more inclusive
I can concentrate for hours with Lego

Fidgeting helps me concentrate

I like maths
Create learning situations/curriculum opportunities around building 

Enable the child to fidget  – sticky tack or fidget toys can be helpful. 

Create learning situations/curriculum opportunities around maths
It’s hard to hold a pencil 

I forget things a lot 

Not good at catching  
Look at the length/width/weight/grip of the writing object used and try different types.

Research strengthening exercises.  Allow the pupil to use a laptop to type or use speech to text.

Makes notes/memory games

Use larger objects/play tracking games

Consider referral to an occupational therapist
OpportunitiesThreats
I like learning from videos

Short breaks in class would help me

I would like a fidget toy at school 
Find short videos to reinforce learning.

These can be set as homework 

Create opportunities for short breaks – perhaps incorporate stretching and moving exercises into the day for all.

Find a suitable fidget toy that won’t disturb or distract others
I don’t like it when it is noisy

I don’t like being singled out

People teasing me

Try to make quiet spaces, or consider noise cancelling head phones

Avoid choosing pupil unless they raise their hand. If you want to praise an achievement, consult with pupil first. 

Investigate teasing further to ascertain extent and nature of teasing. 
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