Disabled Students Programs & Services at College of San Mateo - Psychological Disabilities
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Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS)

Psychological Disabilities

In the past few years, community colleges have seen more students with a history of a psychological disability. While the vast majority of these students are stable and show no symptoms, others may have fluctuations in behavior and performance. These students may fear the stigma that often comes with disclosure. It has been the experience of the DSP&S staff that most students with psychological disabilities who self-identify are not disruptive and have been in therapy or are under medical treatment.

Classroom Strategies

  • Extended exam time.
  • Note takers, readers, tape recorders.
  • Modification in seating arrangements (near door for frequent breaks).
  • Time management and study skills assistance
  • Provide writing assignments as one alternative to oral presentations
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