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Effective Teaching Strategies

It has been acknowledged that FASD students have a variety of learning and behavioral issues. Effective teaching strategies begin with the recognition and understanding that these students have sustained neurological damage due to prenatal exposure to alcohol. The educational environment must be modified in response to the student’s unique needs. Five essential teaching methods and strategies for the FASD student have been established and recognized; they are: a structured environment, consistent routine, brief presentations, variety, and repetition. In addition, effective classroom teachers utilize: creativity, flexibility, humor, compassion, and patience. Lastly, the importance of teachers working as a team with parents is emphasized.