A study carrel is a homemade and effective classroom accommodation to help students who are easily distracted or overwhelmed by visual stimuli (Conroy, Stichter, Daunic, & Haydon, 2008). Commercially made carrels could also be purchased. A carrel can be made for a particular student, such as a student with ADHD or autism, however; it is a good idea to have 2-3 available in the class for other kids to use at certain times of the day. Carrels are great for independent work, peer tutoring, test taking and make up work. Students can help to make and decorate them.
I have a student diagnosed with both PDD-NOS and ADHD who is in my language arts class. He is easily distracted and to get any desk work completed, his aide takes him into the hall or the back corner of the room. Is there a better way I can minimize distractions without having him move away from his peers?