The National FAS Schools

The National FAS Schools

One public school in Winnipeg is making a difference in the lives of fetal alcohol syndrom (FAS) children. Eight years ago, three women decided to challenge the stereotype and started two special classrooms for FAS students. The first thing to go was an over-stimulating classroom. They brought in soothing music, weighted blankets and vests to give them a better sense of their bodies, and toys that are calming. They changed their teaching methods so that directions were brief, clear and repetitive. The classes have made a world of difference with students reading at grade level and gaining social acceptance for the first time in their lives. In this environment, the teachers learn as much as the students about being flexible, about being creative and finding new ways of teaching FAS students.

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  • Added on: 06/14/2013
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