Helping Them Succeed in School

By: Alexa McIndoe,

Low light, soft colors on the walls, quiet and calming environment, constant repetition, these were some of the examples Mary Greene, author of When Rain Hurts, recommended that can help children with an FASD succeed in a classroom setting during our live chat.

Following our ‘back to school’ theme, we have highlighted situations of collaborating with educators, trainings for educators, and describing what FASD is like for these students. But we hadn’t asked parents what works for them. So I asked our Facebook followers for other recommendations to help their children in school.

  • educators and support staff who are educated on FASD
  • sitting on a ball rather than a desk or chair
  • sitting them in the front of the class
  • few distractions
  • routine and consistency
  • visual aids to help with transitions
  • remember it’s not their fault and they do the best they can with what they have
  • check daily comprehension
  • remember their ability to retain information and what they can remember can change every day
  • lots of re-teaching
  • repetition, repetition, repetition

Remember, not all of these work for every child with an FASD. The most important part is to find out what works for the child and being able to adapt when that routine doesn’t work any more.

One of our FRCs helped come up with a Tip Sheet for parents who have children with an FASD.

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