How to create a supportive learning environment for primary aged children with FASD

Students affected by FASD may learn and behave differently to neurotypical children due to the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure. The challenges that students with FASD may experience in the school environment can be due to the neurodevelopmental impairments caused by their brain injury. Behaviours should be understood or interpreted as effects of this brain injury, rather than deliberate misbehaviour. It is possible to make adjustments and modifications to the classroom environment that allow schools to better meet the needs of children with FASD and support their ongoing learning. Meeting the needs of children with FASD requires a whole school approach to ensure that these children have the opportunity to reach their potential in a successful and supportive learning environment. 

However, it’s important to note that each child with FASD will have different strengths and challenges, and these strategies may not be effective every time. Maintaining flexibility is crucial when working to support children with FASD. Additionally, while the strategies below are designed to support children with FASD, due to the overlap between FASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders they may be useful for other children who are experiencing difficulties in the classroom.

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