Verbal Ability

What it is

An area of student need, involving difficulty with understanding and/or expressing oral language.

Teaching Strategies

• Pair oral with visual instructions.
• Pre-teach vocabulary with concrete materials and visuals.
• Use clear and concise language.
• Use repetition.
• Check with the student to ensure correct understanding of instructions.
• Teach the student to ask for clarification.


• Use preferential seating to position the student near the teacher.
• Post reference materials and vocabulary words with definitions.


• Provide extra time.
• Use computers/assistive technology.
• Ensure the student understands test questions.
• Provide options for assignments for the student to choose areas to demonstrate his/her strengths.
• Reduce oral presentations.
• Use cloze and/or multiple choice rather than essay questions.

Student Needs IPRC Exceptionalites Diagnosed Conditions