Repetition is a key to teaching the FASD student. A learning curve does occur through repetition. These students learn slowly, but they can learn. Many students can master a task one day, forgetting the task the next day, and a few days later, remember the task again. Repetition cannot be overemphasized as an educational tool.
Kevin, a third grade boy with FAS[D], completed his multiplication facts with 100 percent accuracy on Monday
and received lots of praise from the teacher and his peers. Two days later, on a new but similar assignment,
Kevin missed almost half of the facts. His teacher, familiar with the learning differences of students with FAS,
knew that spotty or intermittent learning and retrieval is normal. She was able to reassure Kevin
he was okay and began the process of re-teaching.
Kevin likes his teacher, feels safe in such a stress-free environment,
and continues to look forward to coming to school.
D. Evenson (Conry, 1996)
Repetition Is the Key
- Reteach and reinforce learned concepts
- Practice, practice, practice
- Analyze steps of task and break them into small components
- Use a step-by-step approach
- Teach steps in the same sequence